The Federal Trade Commission is ordering Google (GOOG) to implement a comprehensive consumer privacy program that will force the Mountain View Internet giant to submit to regular privacy audits for the next 20 years, a strong punitive action that is a first in the federal agency's history.
The action announced Wednesday comes as a result of a settlement of the FTC's allegations that Google used deceptive tactics and violated its own privacy promises to consumers when it launched its social network, Google Buzz, in early 2010. ....
Google privacy audits for 20 years ordered by FTC
Posted 30 March 2011 - 01:54 PM
Posted 21 April 2011 - 07:41 AM
FTC calls out Google's Chrome over Do Not Track
April 20, 2011 - "Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Liebowitz this week singled out Google for not adopting "Do Not Track," the privacy feature that lets consumers opt out of online tracking by Web sites and advertisers. In an interview Monday with Politico*, Liebowitz called out Google for not supporting Do Not Track in its Chrome browser... Do Not Track has been promoted by the FTC and by privacy advocates including the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), as the best way to help consumers protect their privacy... Microsoft and Mozilla have added Do Not Track header support to their Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) and Firefox 4 browsers. While Apple hasn't confirmed that the next version of Safari will include Do Not Track, developers have reported finding the feature in early editions bundled with Mac OS X 10.7, aka "Lion," the upgrade slated to ship this summer. That leaves Google's Chrome and Opera's browser on the outside. But neither plans to implement Do Not Track anytime soon..."
April 19, 2011 - "... Leibowitz’s remarks came just weeks after the FTC and Google settled a case over privacy lapses during the launch of Buzz, the search firm’s online networking tool. Among other things, Google agreed to submit to regular audits of its online privacy practices for the next two decades... Google has shied away from a Do Not Track button on Chrome, saying that there's no agreement among advertisers to honor the tool even for the browsers that offer it..."
April 17, 2011
Edited by AplusWebMaster, 22 April 2011 - 08:58 AM.
Posted 28 May 2011 - 06:54 AM
35M Google Profiles captured
Posted 01 March 2012 - 11:00 AM
01 Mar 2012 - "Google will introduce changes to its privacy policies as planned today despite a regulator in France claiming that the policy breaches EU data protection laws..."
Edited by AplusWebMaster, 01 March 2012 - 12:00 PM.
Posted 02 March 2012 - 11:41 AM
Google — and 104 Other Companies — Are Tracking Me on the Web
Feb 29 2012
Reading the Privacy Policies You Encounter in a Year Would Take 76 Work Days
Mar 1 2012
Posted 03 January 2013 - 10:23 PM
Google probe by FTC ends
Jan 3, 2013 - "In a major victory for Google Inc, U.S. regulators on Thursday ended their investigation into the giant Internet company and concluded that it had not manipulated its Web search results to hurt rivals. The Federal Trade Commission* did, however, win promises from Google that it would end the practice of "scraping" reviews and other data from rivals' websites for its own products, and to allow advertisers to export data to independently evaluate advertising campaigns. Google also agreed to no longer request sales bans when suing companies which infringe on patents that are essential to ensuring interoperability, also known as standard essential patents, the FTC said on Thursday. Microsoft Corp and other Google competitors have pressed the FTC to bring a broad antitrust case against Google similar to the sweeping Justice Department litigation against Microsoft in the 1990s... Microsoft was embroiled in antitrust probes and litigation from 1990 when the FTC began an investigation until 2011, when the final consent decree finally expired..."
Jan 03 2013
Edited by AplusWebMaster, 04 January 2013 - 09:37 AM.
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