Results for "google privacy"

Google faces measly $22.5m fine in Safari privacy gaffe

Google faces measly $22.5m fine in Safari privacy gaffe

Google is likely to pay $22.5m to settle its privacy argument with the FTC, the largest such fine ever imposed, but a drop in the ocean for the search giant. The penalty - which amounts to $16,000 per violation per day - is over Google's decision to ignore Safari browser users' privacy settings around cookies, and will be officially announced soon according to the WSJ's sources; however, it also highlights the comparative limitations of such fines, with Google on average making $22.5m in the space of five hours last year.

Continue Reading

Google Street View privacy case reopened in UK

Google Street View privacy case reopened in UK

The U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office has reopened its investigation into the Street View data collection that occurred between 2007 and 2010. In a letter to the search company, the watchdog company lays out how the case needs to be reopened following the FCC’s findings. Google told the watchdog in the past that it had no knowledge of the data snooping taking place, with the FCC finding evidence suggesting the opposite.

Continue Reading

French watchdog probing Google further over privacy

French watchdog probing Google further over privacy

Google rolled out a controversial new privacy policy in March that allowed the search giant’s various services to share information between themselves. The policy draw criticism from privacy advocates, and now a French watchdog will be visiting Google in order to further probe the policy. The Commission nationale de l'informatique et des libertés, or CNIL, wasn’t satisfied with Google’s initial explanation and will be asking further questions.

Continue Reading

Google Drive fights privacy paranoia

Google Drive fights privacy paranoia

Google Drive may have convinced many cloud storage shoppers on the basis of wallet impact, but the search giant faces skepticism and doubt over the privacy of users' data. Announced early this week after years of speculation, Google Drive offers 5GB of free space and up to 16TB of extra storage at rates in some cases just half what rivals like Box charge; however, long-standing unease around Google's privacy policies prompted many to go digging through the cloud service's terms & conditions, with only confusion to be discovered.

Continue Reading

Google and FCC blasted by privacy watchdogs despite $25k fine

Google and FCC blasted by privacy watchdogs despite $25k fine

Google may have been fined by the FCC for its behavior around the Street View investigation, but privacy watchdogs are still foaming at the mouth that the search giant has been let off the hook for gathering WiFi details. The US Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has taken the FCC to tasks for what it sees as a "surprising" decision to clear Google of violating the federal wiretap act, despite a US federal court ruling otherwise.

Continue Reading

Google quiet on social network privacy

Google quiet on social network privacy

Google is yet to follow Facebook's lead and commit to a password privacy policy that would prevent intrusive employers snooping through Google+ profiles, though pressure is likely to mount as lawmakers wade into the debate. Facebook made headlines last week by altering its "Rights and Responsibilities" policy to make sharing or soliciting an account password a violation of its terms & conditions, threatening legal action to anyone found doing so. The move followed reports that some job applicants had been forced to hand over access to their Facebook accounts for scrutiny by would-be employers.

Continue Reading

Google faces new investigation over Safari privacy breach

Google faces new investigation over Safari privacy breach

Google has run afoul of privacy regulations again, this time involving its breach of Apple's Safari Internet browser to track user activity. The news first broke when the WSJ reported that Google, along with a few other advertisers, had written a code to bypass Safari's default privacy controls, depositing cookies to track users' browsing habits in order to deliver targeted ads.

Continue Reading

Google’s new privacy policy faces worldwide criticism

Google’s new privacy policy faces worldwide criticism

Google's controversial new privacy policy kicked in today, stirring legal warnings from the European Union as well as Japan. EU's justice commissioner directly warned Google that its new policy breaches European law, while Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications along with the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry both published a reminder notice sent to Google's Japan subsidiary about following the country's privacy laws.

Continue Reading

Schmidt’s Privacy Obsession Leaves Google Torn

Schmidt’s Privacy Obsession Leaves Google Torn

Privacy is a hot topic at Google, and chairman Eric Schmidt wasted no time in cultivating an MWC 2012 keynote around personal freedoms, the role of the internet as activist, and safeguarding of our individual information. Yet what Schmidt's appearance did show us more than anything is that the chairman is consumed with an obsession around the topic, either attempting to convinced us that we have the option of anonymity, or outlining the dance which Google follows trying to balance between the public and the private.

Continue Reading

Google agrees to CA Online Privacy Act for mobile with Apple and Microsoft

Google agrees to CA Online Privacy Act for mobile with Apple and Microsoft

As the Californian Online Privacy Act extends to Mobile Apps in an effort to keep the entirety of the web-connected western-USA world safe from harm, several of the biggest names in mobile computing have jumped on board with the initiative. It's California's Office of the Attorney General that has gotten agreements from no less than Apple, Google, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, and Research in Motion amongst others to "improve privacy protections on mobile apps." This extension of the Online Privacy Act in California will now protect apps for mobile devices, none of which had had any sort of similar protection previous to this change.

Continue Reading

Prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Next