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Google Settles Buzz Case With US Government

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

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"We appreciate this landmark privacy decision by the FTC, but Google needs to be punished and feel pain on its bottom line," said Consumer Watchdog privacy project director John M. Simpson. "Nothing will completely stop Google from invading users' privacy until it gets hit where it hurts, its bank accounts."

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Gauntlet Thrown Down In Google Settlement

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

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“My assessment of this is that the FTC is struggling mightily to do as much as it can, given the legal structure it’s got,” said John Simpson of Consumer Watchdog, which has urged the federal government to investigate Google in a number of areas. Simpson added the entire flap ultimately reflects the urgency with which Congress should pass a new law, preferably one that would allow consumers to opt-out of advertisements targeted to their browsing behavior, called “Do Not Track.”

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Google Introduces New Social Tool and Settles Privacy Charge

By & Tanzina Vega, THE NEW YORK TIMES

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

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“It’s ironic it’s (+1) coming out on the same day” as the F.T.C. settlement, said John M. Simpson, an advocate at Consumer Watchdog, a critic of Google. “It seems to me there are some of the same kinds of issues that happened with Buzz. The key is how transparent and open it is about what’s going to be shared and how you share it.”

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Google Settles With Feds, Apologizes (Again) For Buzz Privacy Blunder

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

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John M. Simpson, director of Consumer Watchdog’s Privacy Project, said the FTC should have gone further and actually fined the search giant. “Nothing will completely stop Google from invading users’ privacy until it gets hit where it hurts, its bank accounts,” he said in a statement.

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Google, FTC Reach Google Buzz Privacy Settlement

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

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John Simpson of Consumer Watchdog welcomed the FTC settlement but said Google "needs to be punished and feel pain on its bottom line. Nothing will completely stop Google from invading users' privacy until it gets hit where it hurts, its bank accounts," Simpson said.

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Google settles ‘Buzz’ suit; Texas opens antitrust probe

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Monday, September 6, 2010

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Google settles ‘Buzz’ suit; Texas opens antitrust probe

There were two major legal developments Friday involving Internet giant Google as the nation focused its attention on the long Labor Day holiday weekend. Both merit recapping, but unfortunately one is less of a victory for consumers than it might first appear. The other development could be a hint of huge problems to come for Google.

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Consumer Watchdog Launches Inside Google Website To Focus Light on Internet Giant

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

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Consumer Watchdog Launches Inside Google Website To Focus Light on Internet Giant

Consumer Watchdog today formally launched its new Website, Inside Google, to focus attention on the company’s activities and hold Google accountable for its actions. The sites’ URL is http://insidegoogle.com.

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Consumer Watchdog Targets Google

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Sunday, May 9, 2010

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Consumer Watchdog Targets Google

Every month, Simpson comes to Washington to meet with staff on the Hill and regulatory agencies, journalists and corporate lobbyists. Simpson said he met last week with Jim Tierney, chief of the networks and technology section of the antitrust division of the Justice Department, and staffers about his petition for a broad investigation. Last year, he testified before Congress about privacy and competition concerns in Google's book settlement.

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Facebook Bug Exposed Users’ Chats, Requests for Friends

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

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“The problem is that Silicon Valley companies rush to get technology out and they just do things and ask for forgiveness later,” said John Simpson, who works on privacy issues for Consumer Watchdog. “But too much is at stake.”

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New Web Ad Privacy Bill Riles All Sides

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

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Privacy advocates argue that the bill's exemption for "operational" collection of data--allowing those practices to take place under an "opt-out" rule--gives advertisers far too much leeway. "This bill really adopts an archaic and bankrupt 'notice and consent' regime that we all know doesn't' work," says John Simpson, head of the Google Privacy and Accountability project at Consumer Watchdog.

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Internet Consumer Watchdog Asks DOJ to Break Google into Smaller Companies

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

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One watchdog group called Consumer Watchdog has asked the DOJ this week to break Google into smaller companies to prevent a monopoly situation along the lines of Microsoft. John M. Simpson from Consumer Watchdog is the person who made the request to the DOJ and he argues that the DOJ’s actions against Google’s attempts at buying other advertising firms and scanning books isn’t enough to ensure the search giant doesn’t turn into a monopoly.

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Buzz Saw: Privacy Czars Blast Google

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

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Buzz Saw: Privacy Czars Blast Google

In a letter to Google CEO Eric Schmidt, the “unprecedented” coalition of privacy czars from Europe, Canada and Israel described the surprise conversion of Google’s private email service to a public social networking service without informing users as a violation of “the fundamental principle that individuals should be able to control the use of their personal information."

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Issa Presses Web Chief On Personal E-Mail Use To Contact Former Co-Workers

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

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Issa Presses Web Chief On Personal E-Mail Use To Contact Former Co-Workers

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is pressing White House Deputy Chief Technology Officer Andrew McLaughlin to explain his relationship with his former employer, Google. The congressman, who serves as ranking member on the House Oversight Committee, said McLaughlin’s account on Google’s new Buzz social network suggests he remains in touch with “more than two dozen individuals […]

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