By Christian Blauvelt , ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY POPWATCH BLOG
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
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.”Continue reading...
Posted by Margot Williams
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Last month, The Financial Times reported that Google was blaming Microsoft software vulnerability for the multinational cyber attack it encountered earlier this year. In response, unnamed Google employees said, the company was phasing out the Windows operating system at the company. But, maybe it's about the money.Continue reading...
By Staff Writers , INFOWORLD TECH WATCH
Thursday, June 3, 2010
The concerns set forth by Microsoft, Consumer Watchdog, and other observers go beyond whether Google gives unfair prominence in search rankings to paid advertisers. Critiques range from "A company such a Google could abuse its search dominance" to "Google is already abusing its search dominance" to push its other revenue-generating services -- such as maps, video, and shopping searches -- at the expense of competitors.Continue reading...
CONTACT: John M. Simpson , (310) 392-0522, ext 317; or cell: (310) 292-1902
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
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.Continue reading...
By Laurie Sullivan , MEDIAPOST SEARCH MARKETING DAILY
Monday, May 17, 2010
Google could announce this week that it will move SSL encryption implemented in Gmail to other services such as search. During the company's annual shareholders meeting a question on this from John Simpson, an investor who works for Consumer Watchdog, prompted a curt "Do you get the drift of the answer?" from Google chief executive officer Eric Schmidt after Google vice president of search Marissa Mayer replied "stay tuned." Encryption has moved to the forefront after Google's admission last week it had collected small pieces of private information people sent through unencrypted wireless networks.Continue reading...
By Mike Swift , SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS
Friday, May 14, 2010
Perhaps the toughest shareholder question came from consumer advocate John Simpson, who asked Schmidt whether Google had agreed to a reported $700 million "kill fee" if Google's $750 million acquisition of the mobile advertising company AdMob is rejected by government antitrust regulators. Schmidt neither confirmed or denied that number, but predicted the deal would be approved by the Federal Trade Commission, which is expected to rule in coming days.Continue reading...
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Posted by John M. Simpson
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Google is notorious for maintaining a clutter-free, minimalist home page. It famously resisted adding a "privacy" link because adding the word would have brought the word count to 29, one more than the magic 28 words founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin insisted should be the maxim on the page.Continue reading...
By James Temple THE TECH CHRONICLES (SF Chronicle Blog)
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Google Inc. will announce a feature tomorrow that will give users more control over their online privacy, according to a consumer advocate who discussed the matter with the company. John Simpson of Consumer Watchdog hasn't reviewed Google Dashboard yet, because he refused to sign a nondisclosure agreement. But attorneys for the Mountain View search giant informed him the new feature would be unveiled on Thursday, he told The Chronicle.Continue reading...
By Sam Gustin DAILY FINANCE
Friday, August 28, 2009
In recent months, two heavily detailed, annotated versions of confidential Google slide presentations -- one dealing with competition issues, the other with behavioral targeting -- have been published by a Santa Monica–based group called Consumer Watchdog. The annotations are highly critical of Google and seek to rebut the search giant's arguments.Continue reading...
By Mary Kathleen Flynn THEDEAL.COM
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Calls for Genentech Inc.chairman Arthur Levinson to quit either the board of Apple Inc. or the board of Google Inc. are increasing, following on the heels of Monday's news that Google CEO Eric Schmidt has stepped down from Apple's board. Consumer Watchdog is a nonprofit, nonpartisan group that is also pushing the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission to insist on guarantees of user privacy before agreeing to the 10-year deal between Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo! Inc.Continue reading...
By John Boudreau SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS
Monday, August 3, 2009
Google CEO Eric Schmidt's resignation today from Apple's board underscored that it when comes to business, competition is thicker than friendship. Meanwhile, a consumer group, Consumer Watchdog, on Monday called on Genentech Board Chairman Arthur Levinson, who sits on the boards of Google and Apple, to quit one of them to avoid antitrust violations. In addition to conflicts that could arise from sitting on the boards of competing companies, Genentech is an investor with Google in the genetic testing company 23andMe run by Anne Wojcicki, wife of Google co-founder Sergey Brin.Continue reading...