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Google’s Social Network Relies On Unfair Practice, Consumer Watchdog Tells FTC; Public Interest Group Also Says New Gmail Link Would Violate ‘Buzz’ Agreement

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

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Google’s Social Network Relies On Unfair Practice, Consumer Watchdog Tells FTC; Public Interest Group Also Says New Gmail Link Would Violate ‘Buzz’ Agreement

SANTA MONICA, CA – Google’s social network, Google+, relies on a flagrant and fundamental privacy design flaw that is an unfair business practice, Consumer Watchdog said today in a formal complaint to the Federal Trade Commission.

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Consumer Watchdog Complains To FTC About Deception In Google Shopping Results

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

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Consumer Watchdog Complains To FTC About Deception In Google Shopping Results

WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog has filed a formal complaint with the Federal Trade Commission about the deceptive and unfair way Google displays results from its comparison shopping engine, Google Shopping, in its search results, the nonprofit public interest group said today.

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Google Continues To Buy Its Way Out Of Privacy Problems, Consumer Watchdog Says

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Monday, November 18, 2013

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Google Continues To Buy Its Way Out Of Privacy Problems, Consumer Watchdog Says

SANTA MONICA, CA. – Google’s $17 million settlement with states attorneys general demonstrates the Internet giant’s business strategy of doing whatever it wants and then buying its way out of trouble when caught breaking the rules, Consumer Watchdog said today.

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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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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 Ending Privacy Breach Consumer Watchdog Targeted In FTC Complaint

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

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Google Ending Privacy Breach Consumer Watchdog Targeted In FTC Complaint

Google apparently is ending an egregious privacy breach involving people who buy apps from its Google Play store using Google Wallet to pay. Consumer Watchdog filed a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission with a copy to California Attorney General Kamala Harris about what Google was doing. The complaint alleged that the Internet giant was violating its privacy policies and its "Buzz" consent agreement with the FTC.

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EU’s Google Antitrust Deal Beats FTC, But Still Doesn’t Do Enough

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Monday, April 15, 2013

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EU’s Google Antitrust Deal Beats FTC, But Still Doesn’t Do Enough

Details of Google's proposed settlement with the European Union to avoid antitrust charges have been leaking out of Brussels over the weekend. And while EU competition authorities appear to have accomplished more that the gentle tap on the wrist meted out by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the deal as so far revealed doesn't do enough to end Google's anti-competitive practices.

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Google’s Privacy Chief Is Stepping Down

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

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Google’s Privacy Chief Is Stepping Down

Google's privacy chief, Alma Whitten, is stepping down the Internet giant confirmed Monday. Since word of her departure came out on April Fools' Day many folks probably thought this was part of the company's annual elaborate pranks like its "announcement" of a new service called "Google Nose."

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Companies Press European Antitrust Regulators To Act Against Google

Thursday, March 21, 2013

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Companies Press European Antitrust Regulators To Act Against Google

Eleven Internet Companies are pressing European antitrust regulators to take strong action against Google so that the Internet giant's smaller rivals aren't hurt. And what happens across the pond in this case could have an impact on possible antitrust action in the United States.

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Europe’s Antitrust Chief Talks Tough On Google

Thursday, January 10, 2013

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Europe’s Antitrust Chief Talks Tough On Google

Google may have only received a tap on the wrist from the Federal Trade Commission when the agency closed the U.S. antitrust investigation without taking action against the Internet giant for skewing search results to favor its services, but it's looking increasingly likely that Google will face strong action on the other side of the Atlantic.

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Google Ruling Shows Need For Do Not Track And Strong Antitrust Action

Monday, November 19, 2012

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Google Ruling  Shows Need For Do Not Track And Strong Antitrust Action

A federal judge's ruling late Friday in a key privacy case demonstrates the need to implement tough "Do Not Track" rules and to take decisive action on the antitrust front against Google.

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Google Gets Antitrust Ultimatum From FTC

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Monday, November 12, 2012

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Google Gets  Antitrust Ultimatum From FTC

Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz has given Google what Bloomberg News Service describes as an ultimatum to settle the agency's antitrust investigation in the next few days or face a lawsuit.

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Google’s Dominance Sparks Fear, Draws Antitrust Concerns

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Monday, November 5, 2012

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Google’s Dominance Sparks Fear, Draws Antitrust Concerns

A weekend New York Times article puts a clear focus on the issues that are drawing antitrust regulators to focus on the Internet giant’s anticompetitive practices. Written by Steve Lohr and Clair Cain Miller the article, Google Casts a Big Shadow on Smaller Web Sites, explains what’s going on: Regulators in the United States and […]

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