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Consumer Watchdog calls on Google to testify on your Privacy

Consumer Watchdog calls on Google to testify on your Privacy

Over the past few weeks Google has found itself in some hot water over its Privacy Policy changes on its wide range of websites, today being called by Consumer Watchdog to testify on the matter. Consumer Watchdog has called Google CEO Larry Page to the House Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee Committee as they hold hearings on the new Google privacy and data policies. Both subcommittee Chair Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) and Ranking Member G.K Butterfield, (D-NC) have been called in a letter sent today.

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Google and others busted bypassing Safari privacy settings

Google and others busted bypassing Safari privacy settings

Google has reportedly been caught bypassing privacy settings that Apple has in place on the web browser it uses on the iPhone and Mac computers. Google isn’t alone in bypassing the privacy settings reports the Wall Street Journal. Apparently, several other advertising firms have been caught doing this as well. Google and others are reportedly using special code that tricks the Apple Safari browser into allowing the monitoring of a user online.

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Google offers $25 in exchange for your privacy [UPDATED with Google statement]

Google offers $25 in exchange for your privacy [UPDATED with Google statement]

If you're willing to let Google track you like a hawk over an extended period, the online search giant is willing to pay you $25. That is, $5 for signing up and then $5 in monthly installments if you continue to feel like you don't deserve any privacy on the Internet. Oh, and that's not in cash either. It's paid in a series of Amazon.com gift cards. It's not exactly break-the-bank kind of money, but it is probably incentive enough to draw in a pretty significant user base.

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Google faces European privacy policy revolt

Google faces European privacy policy revolt

A European privacy watchdog has demanded Google halt its privacy policy changes, while it looks into "the possible consequences for the protection of the personal data" of users in Europe. The Article 29 Data Protection Working Party requested the delay in a letter to Google [pdf link] this week, claiming that a French data protection authority had agreed to investigate Google's changes. The controversy follows similar concerns in the US, which saw Google execs meet with members of Congress earlier this week for a less-than-satisfactory show and tell session.

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Google slaps Microsoft over “Gmail Man” privacy snark

Google slaps Microsoft over “Gmail Man” privacy snark

Google has gone back on the offensive over criticisms of its updated privacy policy, taking on Microsoft's "Putting People First" sniping campaign with a fresh round of myth debunking. The search company took to its Public Policy Blog to shoot down rivals' claims, paying particular attention to suggestions that the policy tweaks are to make better advertising use of personal information. Meanwhile, Microsoft has resurrected its "Gmail Man" skit, an anti-Google video drawing attention to how AdWords uses email keywords.

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Google responds to US Congress privacy concerns

Google responds to US Congress privacy concerns

Google has responded to US Congress demands for information on the search giants recent privacy policy changes, detailing the amendments in a 13-page letter that attempts to hammer home that Google's "approach to privacy has not changed." The new policy - which streamlines the majority of Google's existing privacy policies into a single document - actually saves on 85-percent of the previous reading required, Google's director of public policy, Pablo Chavez, wrote today on the company's Public Policy Blog.

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Google fires back at Privacy critics as Congress demands answers

Google fires back at Privacy critics as Congress demands answers

Google has struck back at outcry around its newly-combined privacy policy, insisting users "still have choice and control", amid demands by the US Congress for answers on data use and collection. "You can use as much or as little of Google as you want" policy manager Betsy Masiello said on the search company's Public Policy blog, reiterating that Google is "not collecting more data about you." However, US lawmakers are already insisting on answers [pdf link] as to whether users can take advantage of Google services without leaving an unexpected data trail.

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Google+ speaks on teens, privacy additions, digs on Facebook

Google+ speaks on teens, privacy additions, digs on Facebook

There can be no denying that Google+ has one main competitor in Facebook, so it should come as no small surprise when they mention one another in day to day updates. What we're seeing today is an update to both the age range of Google+ users and the privacy which they all can enjoy on the Google-based social network. The mention of Facebook comes in the sad state of affairs Google sees on Facebook where 'teens end up over-sharing with all of their so-called “friends.”'

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Google Answers G+ Privacy Questions, Declines Others

Google Answers G+ Privacy Questions, Declines Others

Dan Gillmore, writer, teacher, and Google+ member has been in communication with Google over the past few weeks, asking questions about security and safety of information as it pertains to Google+. As he says in his own words, "I find Google's responses (and non-responses) disappointing." As you'll see below, Google answered some key questions and uncovered a few rocks we're sure you'll be interested in seeing under. There's also a list of questions they did not reply to, and assuming Gillmore actually DID send these questions in and Google DID decline to answer, the implications are immense.

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