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Could Obama’s Privacy Plan Threaten the Internet?

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 control over their data. In the first-ever introduction of federal privacy policy, the White House proposal calls for Internet companies, …

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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 in U.S. District Court in Delaware. The suit alleges that “default privacy settings on the web browser software… known as …

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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’ computers. Google responded quickly to the Wall Street Journal’s report, saying that the workaround was solely intended for users who …

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FTC Responds To EPIC Google Privacy Suit

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, scheduled to go into effect March 1. Google responded quickly to the suit, saying that “EPIC is wrong on the …

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Google’s New Privacy Policy: Danny Sullivan Provides Insight

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.”

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FTC Totally Concerned About Privacy On Mobile Apps For Kids

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 lack of information regarding how developers might be collecting info specifically on children has the Federal Trade Commission shock-and-awed so …

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Google Responded To the FTC On Privacy Issues Before EPIC Sued

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 that the new policy violated a 2011 consent order that prohibited Google from combining user data without consent. Google, however, …

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Privacy Watchdog EPIC Sues To Block Google’s New Privacy Policy

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 prevents Google from combining user data without consent. EPIC filed their suit against the Federal Trade Commission in federal court …

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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.

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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, who is a dominant app provider has no specific rules regarding app refunds. Buyers are urged to submit a formal complaint. …

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Google Search Plus Your World May Draw FTC Complaint

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 the group may file a complaint. The group has done so in the past, with regards to Google’s inclusion of …

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Facebook Timeline Violates FTC Settlement, Says One Privacy Group

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 letter to the FTC asking that they look into Facebook’s new Timeline feature and whether or not it violates the …

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