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  • Ad group urges FTC to reject right to be forgotten in US

    The U.S. Federal Trade Commission should reject a privacy group's push to extend the E.U.'s controversial right to be forgotten rules to the U.S. because such regulations would have a "sweeping" negative effect on many U.S. companies, a trade group said.

    Written by Grant Gross01 Aug. 15 01:54
  • Google's driverless car fleet to double as it prepares for new tests

    Google's autonomous car fleet is undergoing a major expansion. In the last month, the number of cars it is permitted to drive on public streets has more than doubled, and Google now accounts for more than half of the driverless cars that are legal in California.

    Written by Martyn Williams19 June 15 09:16
  • Privacy advocates find Obama proposal lacking

    A consumer privacy proposal from U.S. President Barack Obama's administration gives people too little control over their personal data and companies too much latitude to use that information, a coalition of 14 privacy and digital rights groups said.

    Written by Grant Gross04 March 15 06:52
  • Privacy groups want investigation of big data acquisitions

    The U.S. Federal Trade Commission should launch an investigation into the growing consolidation of big data analytics firms and digital marketing companies, a coalition of four privacy groups said Friday.

    Written by Grant Gross07 Feb. 15 07:22
  • Reports: EU taking first step towards breaking up Google

    Members of the European Parliament are readying a motion calling for the break-up of Google, by separating its search engine functionality from other commercial services, according to news reports.

    Written by Grant Gross22 Nov. 14 08:55
  • White House big-data panel calls for privacy protections, ignores NSA

    Congress should take action to protect privacy in response to a growing big-data revolution, a White House panel has recommended, but its report does not address wide-ranging surveillance and data-collection programs at the U.S. National Security Agency.

    Written by Grant Gross02 May 14 05:23
  • Consumer groups want government to reject Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal

    Antitrust enforcement agencies should reject a proposed US$45.2 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable by Comcast, because it would give the combined company huge market power in the broadband and cable TV industries, a handful of consumer and digital rights groups said.

    Written by Grant Gross13 Feb. 14 20:32
  • Consumer Watchdog files Google+ complaint with FTC

    Google, through its plan to link Gmail addresses to its Google+ social network, is violating a privacy agreement the company made with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, a long-time critic of the company's privacy practices said in a complaint to the agency.

    Written by Grant Gross22 Jan. 14 19:50
  • Group files complaint over Google Shopping prices, labeling

    The top product results in Google's Shopping service frequently feature products with higher prices than those listed on competing online shopping services, according to a complaint filed by longtime Google critic Consumer Watchdog.

    Written by Grant Gross04 Dec. 13 20:51
  • Privacy groups ask FTC to oppose Facebook's policy changes

    Six privacy groups have asked the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to strike down proposed changes to Facebook's policies, as they violate a 2011 settlement with the agency over user privacy.

    Written by John Ribeiro05 Sept. 13 06:07