News tagged with privacy watchdogs

Google's 1Q lobbying bill more than triples to $5M

(AP) -- Google's U.S. lobbying bill more than tripled to $5 million during the first three months of the year amid increased government scrutiny of the Internet search leader's business and privacy practices.

Apr 23, 2012
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Google rolls out new privacy policy amid howls

Google rolled out a new privacy policy Thursday allowing the firm to track users across various services to develop targeted advertising, despite sharp criticism from US and European consumer advocacy groups.

Mar 01, 2012
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Dutch watchdog: Google WiFi data plan looks okay

Google Inc.'s plan to let people "opt out" of having their wireless network data used by the company's location services such as StreetView may be clumsy, but the Netherlands' privacy watchdog says it adheres to the letter ...

Nov 16, 2011
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Internet privacy controls challenge tech industry

The federal government has put Google, Microsoft, Apple and other technology companies on notice: Give consumers a way prevent advertisers from tracking their movements across the Web - or face regulation.

Jul 26, 2011
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Google threatens to shut down Swiss Street View

(AP) -- Google is threatening to wipe photographs of streets and houses in Switzerland from its online maps unless the country's supreme court overturns a ruling requiring an absolute guarantee of anonymity ...

May 11, 2011
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US privacy groups welcome 'Do Not Track' bill

Privacy and consumer groups welcomed a "Do Not Track" bill introduced in the US Senate on Monday that would let Internet users block companies from gathering information about their online activities. ...

May 09, 2011
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Dutch data watchdog blasts Google data collection

(AP) -- The Dutch data protection watchdog criticized Google on Tuesday for collecting data on private wireless networks, ordering it to contact 3.6 million Dutch WiFi owners and offer them a way to have their data deleted.

Apr 19, 2011
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Google grabs personal info off of Wi-Fi networks

(AP) -- Google Inc. has been vacuuming up fragments of people's online activities broadcast over public Wi-Fi networks for the past four years, a breach of Web etiquette likely to raise more privacy worries ...

May 15, 2010
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European privacy battle looms for Facebook, Google

(AP) -- You have been tagged in 12 photos. Even if you're not signed up to the Web site. European regulators are investigating whether the practice of posting photos, videos and other information about people ...

Mar 24, 2010
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