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Pressure Mounts Against Google for Its Anticompetitive Behavior

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

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Pressure Mounts Against Google for Its Anticompetitive Behavior

Signs that Google will soon face strong antitrust action on both sides of the Atlantic are increasing with a report Thursday from Bloomberg News Service that the the Federal Trade Commission staff has recommended that the Internet giant be sued for unfairly blocking competitors' access to smartphone-technology patents.

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Consumer Watchdog: Google’s Safari-Hack Settlement Not In Public Interest

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

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Consumer Watchdog challenges that $4 million figure. "The government has not given this court any insight into how it made its calculations," the organization argues, adding that it needs more evidence from Google in order to determine the extent of profits from the workaround.

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Court Will Reconsider Google’s Safari Privacy Deal

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

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While the FTC and Google came up with the settlement, it needs to be approved by a judge, which is what next month's hearing is about. Consumer Watchdog, an advocacy group that has been critical of Google's privacy measures, will argue that the court should not sign off on the deal.

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Google, Oracle Of Transparency, Gets Caught By Transparency; Consumer Watchdog Says Earnings Report Glitch Should Be Wake Up Call For Online Privacy

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

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Google, Oracle Of Transparency, Gets Caught By Transparency; Consumer Watchdog Says Earnings Report Glitch Should Be Wake Up Call For Online Privacy

SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog urged the founders of Google to take today's early leak of financial information -- which caused Google to ask to suspend trading in its stock -- as a wake up call for the billionaire executives and prompt them to support giving Google users the right to suspend trading in their own private information.

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Google Razzle Dazzles With Data Center Display

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

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"Putting a data center on Street View is a gimmick," Consumer Watchdog's John M. Simpson told TechNewsWorld. "It doesn't reveal anything meaningful about how Google does business. Google says it wants to organize the world's information and make it more accessible but, when it comes to its own information and procedures, the company remains a black box."

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Google Privacy Policy Changes Pressed For By EU Board

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

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John Simpson, of Consumer Watchdog, a group critical of Google, says in a statement that Google acted with "complete disregard" for users' privacy. "I am glad the European Union is calling out their abuses, but am disappointed that American consumers must look across the Atlantic to see privacy rights defended," Simpson said.

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FTC Readies Antitrust Suit Against Google; Consumer Watchdog Called For Breakup Two Years Ago

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Monday, October 15, 2012

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FTC Readies Antitrust Suit Against Google; Consumer Watchdog Called For Breakup Two Years Ago

News broke over the weekend that Federal Trade Commission staff is calling for the Commission to bring an antitrust case against Google for abusing its dominance in search, an action Consumer Watchdog first called for more than two years ago.

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You Have No Privacy. Get Over It

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

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"Google has demonstrated an ability to out-maneuver government regulators repeatedly and ride roughshod over the privacy rights of consumers. Google continues to be disingenuous about its practices," says John Simpson, privacy project director at US organization Consumer Watchdog.

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FTC Estimates Google’s Privacy Hack Earned Up To $4 million

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Monday, October 1, 2012

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FTC Estimates Google’s Privacy Hack Earned Up To $4 million

One of the things you hear when companies try to minimize the impact of privacy violations is an attempt to claim there was no financial harm to consumers. However, in an interesting development the Federal Trade Commission is now publicly estimating that Google's hack around Apple's Safari browser privacy settings earned the Internet giant up to $ 4 million.

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Calif. Gives Driverless Cars Go-Ahead

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

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Another lingering concern about driverless cars is privacy. The machines will have to collect and store certain information about a person's movements as part of their basic functioning, as well as to improve their performance over time. Because of pressure from privacy advocates, the law requires manufacturers to provide written disclosures describing the data collected. But John Simpson, director of Consumer Watchdog's privacy project, says that doesn't go far enough.

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Google’s Driverless Car Law Poses Threat to Californians’ Safety and Privacy

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

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Google’s Driverless Car Law Poses Threat to Californians’ Safety and Privacy

SANTA MONICA, CA – The driverless car law signed today by Gov. Jerry Brown at a ceremony at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View poses threats to Californians’ safety and privacy, Consumer Watchdog said.

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Proposed Google Settlement is Inadequate: Consumer Watchdog

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

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Consumer Watchdog has criticized the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s proposed $22.5-million fine that Google might pay in connection with privacy settings on Apple’s Safari browser.

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Advocacy Group Urges Court To Reject Google’s ‘Miniscule’ $22.5M Privacy Settlement

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Monday, September 24, 2012

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A deal that calls for Google to pay a $22.5 million civil penalty for tracking Safari users should be rejected, Consumer Watchdog argues in new court papers. "The proposed settlement is markedly unusual and deficient," the organization says in papers filed on Friday with U.S. District Court Judge Susan Illston in San Francisco.

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