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FTC Turns Deaf Ear to Google’s ‘Ignorance’ Defense in Safari Snafu

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

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Despite Google's protestations of innocence, or at least ignorance, consumer advocate organizations including Consumer Watchdog decried Google's behavior and filed suit with the FTC. Needless to say, they are delighted about the reports of an impending settlement. "This is a wanton violation on Google's part," John M. Simpson, Consumer Watchdog's privacy project director, told the E-Commerce Times, brushing aside the company's claims the tracking was accidental. "What made it even worse is that they lied to users about what they were doing," he added. "Google told people they were honoring the Safari browser settings."

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Google Would Pay Record FTC Fine Under Tentative Apple Safari Settlement

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

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Google officials have called the use of tracking cookies an accident caused by technical glitches that have been corrected. Privacy advocates have scoffed at those explanations. “When they get caught with their fingers in the cookie jar doing something they clearly should not be doing, they say, ‘Oops, it was completely by accident,’ ” said John M. Simpson of Consumer Watchdog, based in Santa Monica, Calif., and one of several groups to file complaints about Google’s alleged tracking on Apple browsers.

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FTC Appears Ready To Fine Google Millions For iPad, iPhone Privacy Breach

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Friday, May 4, 2012

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FTC Appears Ready To Fine Google Millions For iPad, iPhone Privacy Breach

Consumer Watchdog Complained To Commission After Hack Was Discovered SANTA MONICA, CA – The Federal Trade Commission appears ready to fine Google millions of dollars for hacking around privacy settings on iPhones and iPads. Consumer Watchdog filed a complaint in February with the FTC after Stanford Researcher Jonathan Mayer revealed what the Internet giant was doing.

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Consumer Watchdog Applauds FTC, EU Investigations of Google’s Violation of Apple Users’ Privacy

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Friday, March 16, 2012

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Consumer Watchdog Applauds FTC, EU Investigations of Google’s Violation of Apple Users’ Privacy

Says FTC Action Needed to Stop Google Engineers Playing ‘Fast and Loose’ With Consumers’ Private Information Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog welcomed reports today confirming that the Federal Trade Commission and European regulators are investigating Google for violating the online privacy choices of consumers using the Safari web browser on Apple computers, iPhones and iPads. In a letter last month, Consumer Watchdog said that Google was lying to consumers and called on the FTC to act.

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Google Bypassed Apple Privacy Settings: Researcher

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

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"Google has clearly engaged in 'unfair and deceptive' practices," said Consumer Watchdog privacy project director John Simpson, Consumer Watchdog's Privacy Project director. "They have been lying about how people can protect their privacy in their instructions about how to opt out of receiving targeted advertising."

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Privacy Brouhaha Reveals Google’s Split Personality

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

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An FTC spokesman said the agency had received the Consumer Watchdog complaint but said he could not comment further. "We are taking immediate steps to address concerns and we are happy to answer any questions regulators and others may have," Google said in a statement when asked to comment.

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How Google Gets Inside Browsers

By , THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

Saturday, February 18, 2012

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The group Consumer Watchdog and some lawmakers asked publicly whether Google had violated last year's settlement agreement with the Federal Trade Commission over an unrelated privacy breach. Some tech watchers said that while the company's actions are certainly questionable, the full extent of the breach probably exceeded what Google had intended to do, as Google itself maintains.

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Lawmakers Target Google’s Tracking

By , THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Saturday, February 18, 2012

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"Google falsely told Safari users that they could control the collection of data…when in fact Google was circumventing the preference," wrote John Simpson, the privacy-project director with the advocacy group Consumer Watchdog. Another advocacy group, the Electronic Privacy Information Center, also made similar charges.

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Google, Safari And The Wild Web At War

By , GOOD MORNING SILICON VALLEY BLOG (San Jose Mercury News)

Friday, February 17, 2012

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The day after a Wall Street Journal report that Google and other ad networks bypassed settings on Apple‘s Safari Web browser — which doesn’t allow certain third-party cookies — reactions are mixed. While some tech bloggers are saying, basically, that the WSJ report is blowing this thing out of proportion, one persistent Google critic, the Consumer Watchdog advocacy group, has reportedly already asked the FTC to investigate. And Microsoft, which is no friend of Google’s, has also weighed in and blasted its competitor. There’s no getting around it: This looks bad for Google, which lately seems to be putting out one PR fire after another.

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Google Caught With Hand In Safari’s Cookie Jar

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Friday, February 17, 2012

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Google is among a handful of companies that used a certain unusual characteristic of Apple's Safari Web browser to insert tracking cookies on users' machines, according to recent research from a Stanford grad student. The news has outraged consumer advocacy groups, though Google claims it was using known Safari functionality to provide features that signed in Google users had enabled.

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Google Violated IPhone Users’ Privacy, Stanford Study Finds

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Friday, February 17, 2012

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Google’s actions also prompted Consumer Watchdog to send a letter to the FTC and demand action against Google. “Safari users with the browser set to block third-party cookies thought they were not being tracked,” John Simpson, privacy project director of Consumer Watchdog, said in the letter. “Nonetheless, because of an element invisible to the user, but designed to mimic a form, DoubleClick was able to set tracking cookies in an obvious violation of the set preference.”

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Google Caught Tracking Apple Users

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Friday, February 17, 2012

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Consumer Watchdog, a frequent Google critic, accused the company of lying and urged the Federal Trade Commission to take "immediate action" to crack down on the "unfair and deceptive trade practices."

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Google’s Cookie Trick in Safari Stirs Debate

By , THE NEW YORK TIMES BITS BLOG

Friday, February 17, 2012

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The advocacy group Consumer Watchdog has asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether Google violated a previous agreement with the agency, which required Google to be up front about privacy matters. It says Google manipulated Safari users into believing they could permanently opt out of targeted advertising, when in reality they couldn’t.

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