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Privacy advocates applaud incoming Google, FTC settlement

Privacy advocates applaud incoming Google, FTC settlement

The apparent incoming settlement between Google and the FTC is giving privacy groups a reason to celebrate today, as news of the possible $22.5 million deal is making headlines as the largest ever of its kind. Google, as many of you already know, is suspected of circumventing Safari's do-not-track settings and installing cookies on users' computers anyway, a revelation that did not sit too well with those who would prefer to have their surfing as private as possible. With a settlement likely in sight, privacy groups took time today to applaud the hefty fine the FTC imposed on Google for apparently ignoring Safari's settings.

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Twitter joins “Do Not Track”

Twitter joins “Do Not Track”

If you did not already know it, Twitter has been tracking your every move since the dawn of 140 characters, the FTC announcing just this week that they're now part of the "Do Not Track" initiative capturing the internet. This Do Not Track project has the Federal Trade Commission pushing for "opt-out" features on all web-based project that would otherwise track user data without question. Twitter is the latest group to join in on the Do Not Track fun with an option to turn off user tracking inside the Firefox web browser first and foremost.

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Facebook Instagram deal faces FTC delay

Facebook Instagram deal faces FTC delay

Facebook's $1bn acquisition of camera app Instagram could be delayed, insiders have suggested, with the US government investigation into the deal potentially causing the social network to miss its Q2 2012 deadline. Although a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) probe into any deal of this size is standard, two people familiar with the investigation tell the Financial Times that the Instagram deal could be under the microscope for anything from six to twelve months.

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Myspace settles FTC privacy charges

Myspace settles FTC privacy charges

Myspace may have lost out in the social networking wars to Facebook, but the company is still alive and kicking. It found itself in a spot of trouble with the FTC not too long ago regarding user privacy, with the company handing identifiable information over to advertisers. Yesterday Myspace settled the matter by agreeing to submit to privacy audits to be independently conducted over the next 20 years.

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Google FTC fine over Safari breach could be $10 million+

Google FTC fine over Safari breach could be $10 million+

After the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) concluded that Google violated Internet privacy standards in the way that it interacted with Apple's Safari Web browser, the question is now how much the search giant will have to pay in fines. Based on the huge number of individual instances of privacy violations, Google could technically be forced to fork over millions and millions of dollars.

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FTC drafts hardcore litigator for Google antitrust grilling

FTC drafts hardcore litigator for Google antitrust grilling

Google faces an intense courtroom grilling over antitrust allegations, with the FTC retaining a notorious litigator in what observers say marks a "watershed moment" for online privacy regulation. The Federal Trade Commission turned to former Justice Department prosecutor Beth A. Wilkinson, famed in legal circles for her lead role convicting Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, the NYTimes reports, with suggestions that the Google case could have implications on a par with the Microsoft antitrust decisions of the 1990s.

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Google faces FTC fine for Safari tracking

Google faces FTC fine for Safari tracking

Google will reportedly be hit with a regulatory fine for bypassing Safari users' privacy settings. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will soon conclude its investigations and is expected to issue a fine within the next 30 days. The fine could be far greater than the $25,000 that Google was recently slapped with by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for privacy issues involving its Street View car.

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FTC echoes public siren call for De-Personalized Web

FTC echoes public siren call for De-Personalized Web

This week it's been made plain over and over again that the FTC is setting in motion the cogs which will eventually show the "Do Not Track" machine that the public has been waiting for since it became common knowledge that everyone is, indeed, being tracked basically all the time while online. The Federal Trade Commission's paper also echoes the White House call from a month ago to bring a new law into order which would serve as a Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights. This bill of rights will be the first giant blow against a vast undertaking created by several of the larger ad-slinging sites on the web which would have the common citizen's online actions tracked every second of every day in order to provide them with what's called, again, a "personalized experience."

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FTC Do Not Track paper suffers “opt-in” concern

FTC Do Not Track paper suffers “opt-in” concern

The FTC has released a paper this week which outlines how they'll be approaching a more private internet by the end of the year, the actions in this paper being approved by three out of four FTC Commissioners, Thomas Rosch being the most vocal of them all. As the lone FTC Commissioner who voted against the methods they'll be using throughout the year to ramp up to a "Do Not Track" button for web users by the end of 2012, Rosch made sure to be very clear on why he released a paper aside from the main announcement, saying "[it goes] well beyond what Congress has permitted the commission to do."

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FTC online privacy proposals slammed by activists

FTC online privacy proposals slammed by activists

Privacy advocates have slammed the new FTC "Do Not Track" guidelines, arguing that the proposed system for ensuring online data security fails to take advantage of existing authority and relies too muhc on self-regulation of the online industry. The new framework "mistakenly endorses self-regulation and 'notice and choice,'" the Electronic Privacy Information Center claims, "and fails to explain why it has not used its current Section 5 authority to better safeguard the interests of consumers."

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