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U.S. Appeals Court Rules Google Not Exempt From Wiretap Law In Wi-Spy Suit

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

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U.S. Appeals Court Rules Google Not Exempt From Wiretap Law In Wi-Spy Suit

Billions of Dollars At Stake For Google’s Collection Of Data With Street View Cars SANTA MONICA, CA – A federal appeals court ruled today that Google’s interception of messages from private Wi-Fi networks is not exempt from federal wiretap laws, opening the way for a class action suit in the Wi-Spy case to move forward with possible damages amounting to billions of dollars.

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White House May Try Cybersecurity End Run

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Friday, September 21, 2012

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"It is clear that we do need better protection of vulnerable networks," John Simpson, consumer advocate at Consumer Watchdog, told TechNewsWorld. "Congress was unable to act, so I suppose the Administration is taking steps." He cautioned, however, that he had not seen a copy of the draft order.

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Consumer Watchdog Urges Gov. Brown To Veto Google’s Driverless Car Bill

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Monday, September 10, 2012

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Consumer Watchdog Urges Gov. Brown To Veto Google’s Driverless Car Bill

Public Interest Group Terms Privacy Protections For New Technology Insufficient SANTA MONICA, CA – California Gov. Jerry Brown should veto a bill that allows Google’s driverless cars on the highway because it does not provide adequate privacy protections for users of the new technology, Consumer Watchdog said today.

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Consumer Group Asks FCC To Require More 4G Disclosure

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

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Consumer advocate group Consumer Watchdog is asking the Federal Communications Commission to require carriers to list the speed of their 4G networks in advertisements and at the point of sale.

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Google Claims Another Wi-Spy “Mistake” After Breaking Promise

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Friday, July 27, 2012

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Google Claims Another Wi-Spy “Mistake” After Breaking Promise

Google admitted Friday to the British data protection authorities that it failed to keep its promise to destroy data its Street View cars sucked up from private Wi-Fi networks. True to its form throughout out the Wi-Spy scandal, the Internet giant claimed it was all a mistake.

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Consumer Watchdog’s Mimes Invade Mountain View Before Google Shareholders Meeting As Its “Track Team” Focuses Attention On Google’s Online Tracking

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

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Consumer Watchdog’s Mimes Invade Mountain View Before Google Shareholders Meeting As Its “Track Team” Focuses Attention On Google’s Online Tracking

Group Plans To Ask Google Executives What They Knew About Wi-Spy MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – Consumer Watchdog today sent its “Google Track Team” comprised of mimes dressed in white track suits to follow shareholders as they gathered for the company’s annual meeting in a bid to focus attention on the Internet giant’s online tracking activity.

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European Regulators Put Google in the Hot Seat on Privacy Changes

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Friday, May 25, 2012

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Stonewalling is Google's M.O. when it comes to regulatory requests, John M. Simpson, Consumer Watchdog's privacy project director, told the E-Commerce Times. "Google did it with the FCC over its inquiry into the StreetView project," he said. "The FCC fined Google (US)$25,000 because it dragged its feet in responding."

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Consumer Watchdog Counters Google’s FOIA Objections in FCC Wi-Spy Probe

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

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Consumer Watchdog Counters Google’s FOIA Objections in FCC Wi-Spy Probe

Wants Release of Underlying Documents in Commission’s Investigation SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today countered Google’s objections to the Federal Communications Commission’s release of detailed documents about the Commission’s investigation

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Google Wi-Spy Scandal Heats Up

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

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Now Consumer Watchdog, a non-profit advocacy group in California, has filed a Freedom of Information Act Request with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) seeking all documents related to the Commission’s investigation of the Google "Wi-Spy" scandal. The FCC recently fined Google $25,000 for willfully obstructing the FCC’s investigation into how Google’s Street View cars gathered “payload data” from private Wi-Fi networks.

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Google Street View Controversy Continues to Roil

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

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A consumer advocacy group wants all the documents connected with the FCC's investigation, while some European regulators may give the Google program a new look.

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Consumer Watchdog Files FOIA Request Seeking All Documents In FCC’s Investigation Of Google Wi-Spy Scandal

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

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Consumer Watchdog Files FOIA Request Seeking All Documents In FCC’s Investigation Of Google Wi-Spy Scandal

SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today filed a Freedom Of Information Act Request with the Federal Communications Commission seeking all documents related to the Commission’s investigation of the Google Wi-Spy scandal.

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FCC Reveals New Twist In Google ‘Street View’ Case

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

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The new revelations have prompted Consumer Watchdog, a Washington-based advocacy group, to call for a hearing by the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law, which is chaired by Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.).

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Street View Engineer Warned Google in 2007

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

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A letter written by John Simpson, privacy project director for the advocacy group Consumer Watchdog on the 30th of April spoke on this subject. It was addressed to Senator Al Franken, a proponent of getting Google to reveal what they’d actually collected here before, saying that wished Franken to grant Engineer Doe immunity from prosecution. If indeed the engineer at hand were granted immunity, he would be much more likely to testify in the case which was, as Simpson claims, “the largest wiretapping effort in history.” Simpson wanted Franken and the rest of the world to know the dangers in this situation.

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