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Privacy Group Coalition Urges Data Regulation

Tuesday, September 1, 2009


Ten consumer and privacy groups are urging Congress to
limit the way online information can be used for advertising and

A coalition of ten consumer and privacy groups on Tuesday urged Congress to draft new legislation
to preserve consumer privacy online by limiting behavioral advertising
and establishing new ground rules for information collection and use.

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How Google Can Stop Being Beaten With Privacy

Monday, August 24, 2009


That Google can still be surprised by privacy concerns is in itself
surprising and suggests the company ought to approach privacy more
proactively. Google would benefit from doing so because greater attention to privacy
would defang its foes.

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Google’s Former Policy Exec Faces Objections To Appointment As Deputy CTO

Wednesday, June 3, 2009


Two consumer groups object to Andrew McLaughlin’s potential appointment, saying it would violate President Obama’s ethics guidelines.

Andrew McLaughlin is slated to become the new deputy CTO, under federal
CTO Aneesh Chopra, according to a New York Times report citing two
unnamed sources. Google has acknowledged McLaughlin’s departure, but not his
destination. The White House has not yet announced plans to appoint
McLaughlin. Nonetheless, the Center for Digital Democracy and Consumer Watchdog on
Wednesday asked President Obama in a letter not to complete the rumored
pending appointment because doing so would violate the President’s
ethics guidelines.

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Google Chrome Privacy Issues Prompts Plea To Google Execs

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


Chief among the group’s complaints is Google Suggest, a
feature found in Chrome and other Google applications like Google

In an effort to publicize what it claims are the privacy failings of Google…

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