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Your Cell Phone is Invading Your Personal Privacy Without Your Knowledge

Your Smartphone is spying on You. Location-based apps make life easier, but they may also make privacy a thing of the past. What’s a location-based app? An app that provides geo-specific information based on Queries “What restaurants are nearby?” Promotions (Local deals or coupons pushed by businesses) What data do they track? Your phone ID Your contacts Your phone number Which phone numbers you dial What websites you visit Where you check in Location based app Foursquare announced its’ 20 million users have made 2 billion check-ins as of AprilRead More

Google Behavioral Ads Preferences: Opt-Out or Allow?

Google has made public an Ads Preferences site that includes the video below and allows you to opt-out of a cookie assigned to your browser. The cookie is assigned interest categories based on sites you’ve visited that show Google Ads. The video doesn’t say explicitly whether that includes sites showing DoubleClick display ads or just Adsense Ads or just Google search ads, or all google advertising wherever it may appear. But it’s a good bet that it considers all of them. If you want to see what Google knows ofRead More

FCC Press Release on Net Neutrality

FCC ACTS TO PRESERVE INTERNET FREEDOM AND OPENNESS Action Helps Ensure Robust Internet for Consumers, Innovation, Investment, Economic Prosperity Washington, D.C. – The Federal Communications Commission today acted to preserve the Internet as an open network enabling consumer choice, freedom of expression, user control, competition and the freedom to innovate. Chairman Genachowski voted for the Order; Commissioner Copps concurred and Commissioner Clyburn approved in part and concurred in part. Commissioners McDowell and Baker dissented. In 2009, the FCC launched a public process to determine whether and what actions might beRead More

Do Not Track: Consumer Watchdog Interview & Press Release

Carmen Balber of Consumer Watchdog interviewed by ABC7 in Washington DC ( about the Bill on Internet Privacy and “Do Not Track” initiative to stop behavioral targeting in advertising online. Commerce Department Privacy Report Leaves Consumers In The Cold, Recommendations Favor Current Industry Practices, Consumer Watchdog Says Name: John M. Simpson + Carmen Balber Email: Phone Number: John, 310-392-7041, or cell: 310-292-1902; or Carmen, 310-403-0284 WASHINGTON, DC — The Commerce Department’s “Green Paper” about online privacy is an industry friendly document that would perpetuate current failed practices that giveRead More

FTC Staff Issues Privacy Report Offers Framework for Consumers, Businesses, and Policymakers

Endorses “Do Not Track” to Facilitate Consumer Choice About Online Tracking The Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s chief privacy policy and enforcement agency for 40 years, issued a preliminary staff report today that proposes a framework to balance the privacy interests of consumers with innovation that relies on consumer information to develop beneficial new products and services. The proposed report also suggests implementation of a “Do Not Track” mechanism – likely a persistent setting on consumers’ browsers – so consumers can choose whether to allow the collection of data regardingRead More

TSA Song to the Tune of ‘Come Fly with Me’

Counting down to National Opt-Out Day on November 24th 2010, this great spoof video was created to the tune of the 1958 recording by Frank Sinatra called “Come Fly With Me” a tune used in the 1963 film with the same name. Lyrics by Iowahawk Comply with me, before you fly away remove those shoes and I’ll take a cruise through my peek-a-boo x-ray Comply with me, I’m your friendly TSA Comply with me, you domestic coach class bums If you opt out, I’ll just give a shout to myRead More

Privacy and Safety Questions Loom Over Federal Program to Track Preschoolers

Open Letter from ACLU-NC and EFF Calls for Answers About Controversial RFID Program San Francisco – The ACLU of Northern California (ACLU-NC) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) are calling for answers to critical privacy and safety questions that loom over a controversial federal program to track preschoolers with radio frequency identification (RFID) chips at George Miller III Head Start program in Richmond, California. In an open letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Contra Costa County Employment and Human Services Department, ACLU-NC and EFFRead More

Consumer Watchdog Invites Google to Participate in Internet Policy Conference

See the Google Ice Cream Man Video below. SANTA MONICA, Calif., Sept. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Consumer Watchdog today invited Google to participate in a conference, “Google, The Internet And The Future,” that the nonpartisan, nonprofit public interest group plans to host in Washington this fall as part of its Inside Google project. The invitation came in a letter to CEO Eric Schmidt and co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. It was prompted by Google’s promotional campaign this week in Washington highlighting its privacy tools and a House Judiciary Subcommittee onRead More