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.
|By: Consumer Watchdog Saturday May 18, 2013 4:00 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday May 8, 2013 2:00 pm|
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has received documents in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request that provide details on FBI and Justice Department policies, which appear to suggest the federal authorities can read emails without obtaining a warrant.
The FBI provided a copy of a 2012 Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide (DIOG) that had not been made public. It contained nothing about the Fourth Amendment requiring a warrant for all emails. It stated that in enacting the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA)
|By: DSWright Wednesday May 8, 2013 6:40 am|
The FBI has long been searching for a way to bypass the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution which they have claimed makes their job difficult, increasingly so in the information age. Previously the FBI just broke the law and hoped it would not get caught. Now the agency wants a patina of legality to cover its transgressions against liberty.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday May 2, 2013 6:30 pm|
An annual report to the United States Senate by the Justice Department shows the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court did not deny one single request made to the court by federal law enforcement. All applications to conduct electronic surveillance or “physical searches for foreign intelligence purposes” were granted.
|By: Consumer Watchdog Friday April 19, 2013 3:12 pm|
Google, the company that makes its money by assembling digital dossiers about its users and selling them to advertisers for the highest bid, reported earnings Thursday. Revenue increased 31 percent to $13.97 billion and net income in the first quarter rose 16 percent to $3.35 billion, or $9.94 a share.
|By: Consumer Watchdog 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.
|By: Consumer Watchdog Wednesday April 3, 2013 6:59 pm|
Serial privacy violator Google may face fines in the millions of dollars in Europe as six countries Tuesday opened formal investigations into how Google combined its privacy and data policies last year without bothering to seek users’ consent.
The actions by France, Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and Spain came as Google refused to make changes in privacy policies requested by a group of European data protection authorities.
|By: Consumer Watchdog 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?
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday March 27, 2013 2:55 pm|
The FBI currently uses technology, which acts as a fake cell phone tower to track and locate phones being used by targets. Known as “Stingray,” the technology can locate, interfere and intercept communications.
The use of this technology is being challenged in the case of Daniel Rigmaiden, a “hacker” who was indicted on charges of conspiracy, wire fraud and identity theft in 2008. Rigmaiden has sought discovery evidence on how government agents were able to locate and track him and maintains that the use of a StingRay device to catch him was illegal as it was done without a warrant.
|By: Consumer Watchdog 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.