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Congress Gets Involved In Google’s Latest Privacy Scandal Congress Gets Involved In Google’s Latest Privacy Scandal

Google made news in a big way last week with the revelation that they had engineered an exploit that circumvented privacy settings in Safari (desktop and iOS versions) in order to allow their ads to set tracking cookies on users’ …

FTC Responds To EPIC Google Privacy Suit FTC Responds To EPIC Google Privacy Suit
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Two weeks ago we brought you news that the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), a privacy watchdog, had filed suit against the Federal Trade Commission to compel the agency to block the planned rollout of Google’s new unified privacy policy, …

Google’s New Privacy Policy: Danny Sullivan Provides Insight Google’s New Privacy Policy: Danny Sullivan Provides Insight
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In January, Google announced that it was overhauling its more than 60 privacy policies and replacing them with one. As Alma Whitten, Google’s Director of Privacy in Product and Engineering, wrote in the announcement, the idea is to create a “beautifully simple, intuitive user experience across Google.”

FTC Totally Concerned About Privacy On Mobile Apps For Kids FTC Totally Concerned About Privacy On Mobile Apps For Kids
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In all likelihood, mobile app developers probably don’t discriminate when it comes to sponging information from kids and adults alike. To most of them, private info is a bunch of little white pellets and they are insatiable Pac-Mans. However, the …

Google Responded To the FTC On Privacy Issues Before EPIC Sued Google Responded To the FTC On Privacy Issues Before EPIC Sued
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Yesterday we brought you news that the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) had filed a federal suit against the FTC in order to block Google’s switch to a new, unified privacy policy that would cover all their services. EPIC claimed …

Privacy Watchdog EPIC Sues To Block Google’s New Privacy Policy Privacy Watchdog EPIC Sues To Block Google’s New Privacy Policy
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The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has filed suit to block Google’s new unified privacy policy. They claim that the new policy violates a consent order issued in October of 2011 concerning Google’s short-lived Google Buzz social network. The order …

Online Privacy Debate Heats Up With FTC And Commerce Dept. Reports Coming Soon Online Privacy Debate Heats Up With FTC And Commerce Dept. Reports Coming Soon

To say online privacy is a controversial area is an understatement. It’s always been challenging but has gotten even more so with the rise of social networks, online shopping, and targeted advertising.

Apple / Google Apps Refund Policy under Scrutiny in Korea Apple / Google Apps Refund Policy under Scrutiny in Korea

Many Korean consumers are growing cautious of apps available from online stores due to constrictive refund policies.  Those who find apps to be less than satisfactory are at the mercy of some inconsistent policies (if one exists at all). Apple, …

Google Search Plus Your World May Draw FTC Complaint Google Search Plus Your World May Draw FTC Complaint
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EPIC, the Electronic Privacy Information Center, is reportedly considering filing a complaint with the United States Federal Trade Commission over Google’s new “Search Plus Your World” features. In an interview with the LA Times, EPIC’s executive director Marc Rotenberg said …

Facebook Timeline Violates FTC Settlement, Says One Privacy Group Facebook Timeline Violates FTC Settlement, Says One Privacy Group
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Does Facebook have some more FTC trouble on the horizon? If one privacy organization gets its way, Facebook’s shift the the Timeline will be anything other than frictionless. The Electronic Privacy Information Center, or EPIC (yeah, EPIC), has sent a …

Is Google Hurting Free Market Competition? Is Google Hurting Free Market Competition?
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Senators Herb Kohl and Mike Lee have put together a letter calling for an FTC investigation of Google, with an emphasis on the company’s search results. Do you think Google is anticompetitive? Let us know in the comments. Here’s the …

SEMPO: FTC Shouldn’t Regulate Google and Other Search Engines SEMPO: FTC Shouldn’t Regulate Google and Other Search Engines
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As companies continue to call for regulation of Google, search industry organization SEMPO has come to the search engine’s defense. The Search Engine Marketing Professional Organization recently sent a letter to FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz in an effort to explain why regulation is not a good idea.

Facebook Privacy: Is The FTC Going Too Far or Not Far Enough? Facebook Privacy: Is The FTC Going Too Far or Not Far Enough?
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As you may know, Facebook settled privacy charges with the FTC this week. Under the agreement, Facebook is barred from making misrepresentations about the privacy or security of consumers’ personal data, required to obtain user consent before making privacy changes, …

Facebook Privacy Settlement Announced by FTC Facebook Privacy Settlement Announced by FTC

The Federal Trade Commission announced today that Facebook has settled charges that it deceived consumers by failing to keep privacy promises. Under the proposed settlement, Facebook is required to give consumers clear and prominent notice and obtain consent before information …

Google Antitrust Complaint Filed With FTC Google Antitrust Complaint Filed With FTC
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ShopCity.com, a network of local shopping sites, has filed an antitrust complaint with the Federal Trade Commission against Google. The company shared a copy of the complaint with us. It says: For most of its existence, ShopCity’s growth has been …

Facebook Faces A Whole New Round of Privacy Concerns Facebook Faces A Whole New Round of Privacy Concerns
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Last year at f8, Facebook revealed its Open Graph and social plugins. Shortly thereafter, privacy concerns became a major point of discussion throughout the media and around the water coolers. We all watched CEO Mark Zuckerberg sweat through interrogations over …

FTC Google Probe: More Details Emerge FTC Google Probe: More Details Emerge
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After various reports that the Federal Trade Commission was going to launch a big investigation into Google’s business practices, this was finally confirmed in late June, though little information was revealed as to what specifically the FTC was looking at. …

FTC Eyeing Twitter, According to Report, Others Question Validity FTC Eyeing Twitter, According to Report, Others Question Validity
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Business Insider is running a report claiming “Twitter is under federal investigation” from the Federal Trade Commission. This is related to how the company has dealt with third-party apps: acquiring things like Tweetie and TweetDeck turning them into proprietary apps, …

Google to FTC: These 5 Principles Will Stand Up To Your Scrutiny Google to FTC: These 5 Principles Will Stand Up To Your Scrutiny
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“These are the principles that guide us, and we know they’ll stand up to scrutiny,” Google said today in a post to the Official Google Blog, in response to scrutiny from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. So it’s official now. …

Report: FTC Ready to Serve Google Subpoenas Report: FTC Ready to Serve Google Subpoenas
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Mutterings of a a broad antitrust investigation of Google by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have been heard for a few months now, and there is still nothing official yet. Neither the FTC nor Google has commented on this. …

Potential Employers May Have Access to 7 Years of Your Status Updates Potential Employers May Have Access to 7 Years of Your Status Updates
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The Federal Trade Commission has decided to stop investigating the practices of Social Intelligence, which offers employers a service that does social media-related background checking. In other words, its methods have been approved. That doesn’t mean said methods won’t be …