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Google Leads Pack As 10 Tech Firms Pump $61.15 Million Into 2013 Lobbying Efforts

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

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Google Leads Pack As 10 Tech Firms Pump $61.15 Million Into 2013 Lobbying Efforts

SANTA MONICA, CA – Google led in lobbying spending by ten tech firms who pumped a combined $61.15 million into efforts to influence federal regulators and lawmakers in 2013, up 15.9 percent from a combined total of $52.78 million, according to records filed with the Clerk of the House this week.

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Google Leads Tech Firms in Lobbying Expenses; Facebook Spending Up 47 Percent

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

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Google Leads Tech Firms in Lobbying Expenses; Facebook Spending Up 47 Percent

WASHINGTON, DC -- Google continued to lead tech firms in lobbying expenses during the third quarter, spending $3.4 million on its effort to buy influence with federal legislators and policymakers, according to disclosure forms just filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives.

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Privacy Groups Urge FTC To Block Pending Facebook Privacy Changes

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

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Privacy Groups Urge FTC To Block Pending Facebook Privacy Changes

WASHINGTON, DC – A coalition of six consumer privacy groups is calling on the Federal Trade Commission to enforce an earlier consent order with Facebook and block proposed changes in the social network’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities and its Data Use Policy because the proposed changes violate the 2011 settlement with the Commission.

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Google, Facebook Continue Pumping Money Into Lobbying Efforts Setting New Records

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

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Google, Facebook Continue Pumping Money Into Lobbying Efforts Setting New Records

SANTA MONICA, CA -- Google and Facebook continued to pump money into their Washington lobbying efforts in the third quarter with the Internet giant spending its second most amount in one quarter while the social networking company spent its most ever for one quarter. “Google and Facebook would have you believe that they are different from other corporations,” said John M. Simpson, Consumer Watchdog’s Privacy Project director. “They are not. They are following the corrupt corporate tradition in Washington: buying what you want.”

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Feds Wondered Who Funded Push To Probe Google

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

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An official with Consumer Watchdog, which has been a frequent and sharp critic of Google, said despite the speculation, the organization does not receive funding from the search engine's competitors — Microsoft, Yahoo or Facebook. "I don't know why they would have speculated about that," said John M. Simpson, privacy director for Consumer Watchdog. "They could have just called and asked."

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Consumer Watchdog Says Google’s Record Lobbying Tab Shows Astounding Cynicism

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Monday, April 23, 2012

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Consumer Watchdog Says Google’s Record Lobbying Tab Shows Astounding Cynicism

Internet Giant’s Expenses Soar 240 Percent, Topping $5.03 Million In 1st Quarter WASHINGTON DC -- Google continues to pump record amounts into its effort to influence federal legislators and policymakers, spending $5.03 million on lobbying in the first quarter of 2012, a 240 percent increase from the same quarter a year ago, according to new disclosures filed with the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Sergey Brin Pounds Fists Against Walled Gardens

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Monday, April 16, 2012

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"Whenever Google raises the cry of defending Internet freedom, it's always really about what's best for Google's business model," John Simpson, consumer advocate at Consumer Watchdog, told TechNewsWorld.

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‘Girls Around Me’ Shows a Dark Side of Social Networks

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Monday, April 2, 2012

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John M. Simpson, the director of Consumer Watchdog's privacy project, said even if people understand what data they're sharing on social networks, they don't expect it to be "reconfigured so they can be hit upon. Just because something is technologically possible is no justification for necessarily doing it," he said.

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Google Guns for Facebook With Third-Party Comment Platform

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

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"However Google configures this, it's clear that it's all about competing with Facebook and keeping users logged into Google's services," John Simpson, consumer advocate at Consumer Watchdog, told TechNewsWorld. "Google is terrified of Facebook's gains and is doing everything possible to fight them."

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White House Plan For Privacy Bill Of Rights Could Boost Protections, Consumer Watchdog Joins Groups Issuing Principles For Fair Process, Voices Some Concerns

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

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White House Plan For Privacy Bill Of Rights Could Boost Protections, Consumer Watchdog Joins Groups Issuing Principles For Fair Process, Voices Some Concerns

SANTA MONICA, CA – The Obama Administration's blueprint to protect online privacy with a "Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights" unveiled today could provide meaningful protections, Consumer Watchdog said, but warned that the test of its effectiveness will come as the implementation unfolds. The nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest group also voiced a concern that an announced Internet industry commitment to honor "Do Not Track" could be aimed at undercutting an effort by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) to create a strict Do Not Track standard.

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EDITORIAL: It’s Time for Timeline — Facebook Changes Its “Profile” Page — For Everyone

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Monday, February 6, 2012

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In a Jan. 24 article in USA Today, Consumer Watchdog spokesman John Simpson criticized the way Facebook is handling the switch to Timeline. Including online giant Google in his comments, he said such companies are showing “a complete disregard for their users’ interests and concerns” and taking “an uncommonly arrogant approach not usually seen in business, where the companies believe they can do whatever they want with our data, whenever and however they want to do it.”

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One Privacy Policy To Rule Them All: What Google’s Controversial New Terms of Service Could Mean To You

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

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Consumer Watchdog’s John Simpson points out that personalized advertisements targeted directly to a specific user, based on user-collected information, can be “a substantial amount” more lucrative than just an anonymous ad. And with all the information Google can collect about your interests from your searches, your Google Docs, and your favorite YouTube videos, they can figure out pretty specifically what ads they should show you. “They are positioning this as streamlining privacy,” Simpson says. “But that’s just PR. It’s all about better targeting for advertisers.”

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Facebook Critics Hope IPO Forces Some Hard Questions

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

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"It's hard to predict exactly what sort of gaffe they’ll do next, but it would not surprise me if there is yet another one," said John Simpson, director of Consumer Watchdog’s Privacy Project, noting some concerns over Facebook’s recent expansion of its Timeline feature, which makes it easier to visualize, share, and view users’ profile history.

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