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Google on Safari-gate: “We didn’t anticipate this would happen.” Google on Safari-gate: “We didn’t anticipate this would happen.”
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Google’s unwavering mission to gather information about internet users may soon come with a hefty price tag attached, according to the Wall Street Journal. Last month, we reported how Google was bypassing privacy settings in Apple’s Safari browser but also …

Apple Subpoenaed By FTC In Google Antitrust Probe Apple Subpoenaed By FTC In Google Antitrust Probe

According to Bloomberg, Apple has been subpoenaed by the Federal Trade Commission in order to provide information pertaining to the ongoing antitrust investigation of Google. Apple is being requested to deliver the details of how Google is integrated into iPads …

Julie Brill Calls For Consumer Anonymity From Big Data Julie Brill Calls For Consumer Anonymity From Big Data

The Federal Trade Commission kicks off National Consumer Protection Week this Sunday, but ahead of that the its Commissioner, Julie Brill, delivered a keynote address at the Fordham University Big Data, Big Issues Center for Law and Information Policy event. …

Microsoft Hires Randall Long, Former FTC Investigator Of Google Microsoft Hires Randall Long, Former FTC Investigator Of Google

Microsoft has gone after Google with playful yet pointed jabs. Microsoft has gone after Google with heavy accusations of legal import. Concerning the latter method, Microsoft appears to be ready to recalibrate their approach by hiring a Washington lobbyist to …

FTC Calls Google’s New Privacy Policy Brutal FTC Calls Google’s New Privacy Policy Brutal
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Google’s new privacy policy goes into effect on March 1st, and watchdog groups like EPIC have been trying to prompt the Federal Trade Commission to take a deeper look into all the changes. Still, the FTC is allowing Google to …

EPIC Files Emergency Appeal Against Google EPIC Files Emergency Appeal Against Google

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), a consumer watchdog group, has just appealed a court ruling in a Google privacy case, in which they’d asked that the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Google’s latest privacy policy changes. On February 18th, …

Could Obama’s Privacy Plan Threaten the Internet?
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The ongoing debate over online privacy is in the spotlight once again. However, this time, it’s the White House that’s at the center of the controversy. Last week, the Obama Administration announced a privacy plan that would give consumers more …

Safari User Sues Google Over Tracking Debacle Safari User Sues Google Over Tracking Debacle

In a turn of events that should surprise no one, a Safari user has filed suit against Google over recent news that the search giant had circumvented privacy settings on Apple’s Safari browser. Matthew Soble of Illinois has filed suit …

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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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, …