Liveblog: ABA Panel on FTC Google Settlement

By: Friday January 11, 2013 9:01 am

It’s starting to look like Chairman Jon Liebowitz intentionally kept the commissioners from all meeting in one place and discovering what one another felt, because according to Commissioner J. Thomas Rosch, a majority favored bringing a suit against Google for manipulating search results. But because Liebowitz skirted Sunshine Act Meeting Laws by only meet with one Commissioner at a time, they had no chance to hear each others’ views since November.

 

Jon Leibowitz’ Legacy at the FTC: Irrelevance in the Digital Age?

By: Friday November 30, 2012 1:06 pm

It’s expected that Liebowitz will leave the FTC by the end of the year, and he’d like to wrap up the Google antitrust case before he does. But if he decides that his swan song will be another softball settlement for Google, his legacy at the FTC would likely be the agency’s irrelevance in the digital age.

FTC Commissioner J. Thomas Rosch: FTC Commissioners Never Intended for Google to Retain Hacked Safari Data

By: Tuesday November 20, 2012 10:18 am

According to Rosch, when the FTC wrote the settlement agreement, it was neither contemplated, discussed nor intended that Google be able to retain the data.

Judge Questions Proposed Google-FTC Settlement

By: Friday November 16, 2012 5:28 pm

Judge Susan Illston said in court today that she had questions about provisions of the proposed FTC settlement with Google which allows them to retain and profit from the data they collected by hacking Apple’s Safari browser.

In 2011 Google was caught circumventing privacy protections in order to place tracking cookies on the computers of up to 190 million Safari users worldwide, contrary to what they claimed in their privacy policy.

Consumer Watchdog is challenging the settlement, which also includes a record fine of $22.5 million and allows Google to deny liability.

Is the Softball Safari Settlement a Preview of the FTC’s Google Antitrust Case? An Interview with Gary Reback

By: Thursday November 15, 2012 1:10 pm

I had the opportunity to speak with Silicon Valley antitrust lawyer Gary Reback yesterday, who filed the amicus brief on behalf of Consumer Watchdog opposing the proposed settlement between Google and the FTC over the Safari hack. He will be in court tomorrow presenting arguments before U.S. District Court Judge Susan Illston.

David vs. Goliath: Consumer Watchdog Gets Their Day in Court With Google

By: Tuesday November 13, 2012 11:41 am

On Friday, Consumer Watchdog will get their day in court as they oppose the proposed settlement between Google and the FTC over the Safari browser hack, wherein Google allegedly violated the consent decree they signed with the FTC in the “Google Buzz” case.

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