FTC Recommends Congress Regulate Data Broker Industry

By: Friday May 30, 2014 6:59 am

The Federal Trade Commission made a formal recommendation to Congress that the data broker industry face tougher regulations to stop current practices that abuse and violate Americans’ privacy. The FTC claimed data brokers “operate with a fundamental lack of transparency” and that Congress should enact legislation that makes the data broker industry’s practices more open and allows consumers to have more control over their data.

 

Comcast To Takeover Time Warner in Quest for Monopoly as Regulators Remain Silent

By: Friday February 14, 2014 6:52 am

It was only a matter of time before one of the giant telecommunications companies went for a monopoly, we are living under corporate capitalism after all. But Comcast’s behavior has been so blatant one has to wonder how no one in the government charged with preventing monopolies has not even raised tacit objections. For now Comcast is seeking to take over Time Warner in a move that could ruin TV and the internet.

Supreme Court Decision Will Likely Reduce Prescription Drug Prices

By: Monday June 17, 2013 12:10 pm

Thanks to the Supreme Court, it may soon become slightly easier to get the cheaper generic version of some medications. In the case of FTC v. Actavis, Inc. the Court decided 5-3 that the FTC has the power to try to stop “pay for delay” on anti-trust grounds.

Bipartisan Privacy Caucus Asks Important Privacy Questions About Google Glass

By: Saturday May 18, 2013 4:00 pm

Eight members of Congress have sent a letter to Google CEO Larry Page asking tough and necessary questions about the Internet giant’s new wearable computing device, Google Glass.

Google Ending Privacy Breach Consumer Watchdog Targeted in FTC Complaint

By: Wednesday April 24, 2013 6:59 pm

Google apparently is ending an egregious privacy breach involving people who buy apps from its Google Play store using Google Wallet to pay. Consumer Watchdog filed a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission with a copy to California Attorney General Kamala Harris about what Google was doing. The complaint alleged that the Internet giant was violating its privacy policies and its “Buzz” consent agreement with the FTC.

EU’s Google Antitrust Deal Beats FTC, But Still Doesn’t Do Enough

By: Wednesday April 17, 2013 6:02 pm

Details of Google’s proposed settlement with the European Union to avoid antitrust charges have been leaking out of Brussels over the weekend. And while EU competition authorities appear to have accomplished more that the gentle tap on the wrist meted out by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the deal as so far revealed doesn’t do enough to end Google’s anti-competitive practices.

Google’s Privacy Chief Is Stepping Down

By: Tuesday April 2, 2013 1:05 pm

Google’s privacy chief, Alma Whitten, is stepping down the Internet giant confirmed Monday. Since word of her departure came out on April Fools’ Day many folks probably thought this was part of the company’s annual elaborate pranks like its “announcement” of a new service called “Google Nose.”

I mean how many of you actually thought Google even had a privacy chief?

Consumer Watchdog Files 2nd Request Asking FTC to Act Against Google for Apps Privacy Violations

By: Tuesday March 26, 2013 2:00 pm

Consumer Watchdog has filed a second complaint asking that the Federal Trade Commission act immediately against Google’s most recent privacy violation – sharing users’ personal information with apps developers — after new information became available in a letter from Google to Rep. Hank Johnson, (D-GA).

We’ve also expressed our concerns again to California Attorney General Kamala Harris.

When we filed our first complaint, we estimated that Google — which has effectively become a serial privacy violator — in ignoring the terms of its so-called “Buzz Consent Order” with the FTC should face penalties that reach into the billions of dollars.

Continuing Anti-Trust Action Against Google in Europe

By: Friday March 22, 2013 2:20 pm

Eleven Internet Companies are pressing European antitrust regulators to take strong action against Google so that the Internet giant’s smaller rivals aren’t hurt. And what happens across the pond in this case could have an impact on possible antitrust action in the United States.

Will Google Buy Its Way Out of Trouble for a Mere $7 Million?

By: Saturday March 9, 2013 11:30 am

Reports were circulating in the tech press Friday that serial privacy violator Google is about to cut a deal with state attorneys general to close their investigation of the Wi-Spy scandal.

Remember what happened? Google sent specially equipped cars to travel the highways and byways of the world snapping photos of everything they passed. What Google did not say was that they were also sniffing out Wi-Fi networks and sucking up private data on those networks.

They got passwords, account numbers and email messages, including in France a couple trying to arrange an extramarital affair.

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