Google Faces Thai Criminal Case For Not Shutting Down Blogger

google-g-logo-1920 Google's founders, Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and its entire board have been named as criminal defendants in a case in Thailand. The case arises under that country's "Computer Crimes Act." David Hanks and Brian Goudie filed the criminal complaint after Google was non-responsive to requests to remove defamatory material from a blog hosted by the company on its Blogger platform. According to the criminal complaint, Google provided hosting to a site that was involved in "an ongoing coordinated campaign of defamation, abuse and cyber harassment" of Hanks and Goudie in Thailand. The [...]


EU Readying New Android Antitrust Complaint Against Google

google-android-mascot2-1920 According to a Reuters article, which is consistent with earlier news reports, European competition authorities are laying the foundation for a new antitrust case against Google focusing on Android. It appears partly designed to appease European critics who believe that the proposed "rival links" PC search settlement lets Google off too easily. That settlement hasn't been formally approved but there's an expectation that it will be. Many European officials aren't happy about that. To mollify discontent, outgoing European Commission antitrust chief Joaquin Almunia has reportedly promised [...]


Most Consumers Reject In-Store Mobile Tracking — Or Do They?

privacy-600 The large majority of consumers have not had any experience with indoor location or indoor marketing on mobile devices. However there are already more than a dozen surveys asking how consumers feel about having their in-store movements tracked. Having read every single one of these surveys and conducted several myself I can tell you the following: consumers are concerned about location tracking. However if the reason behind tracking is legitimate (e.g., Waze, Uber) they're generally fine with it. More specifically, in a retail environment, most consumers are willing to share personal data ( [...]


Italian Privacy Police Give Google 18 Months To Make Changes

google-italy-800 European privacy regulators have been critical of Google's unified privacy policy since it was announced in early 2012. They have demanded various changes, including more disclosures to users, to bring the law in compliance with EU and individual country rules. Italy is the latest country to issue what amounts to an ultimatum to Google to change its privacy practices or face fines (up to $1 million euros) and unspecified "possible criminal proceedings," according to Reuters. There is a similar history in France, which ordered Google to change its privacy behavior in June 2013. Google mai [...]


Survey: 74% Of U.S. Adults Would Delete Themselves From Search Results If They Could

privacy-600 In the wake of the the Right to Be Forgotten controversy in Europe, Survey Monkey has conducted a survey of online adults (n=210) to explore U.S. attitudes toward search and online privacy. Eli Schwartz of Survey Monkey has written about parts of the survey on Search Engine Land: Right To Be Forgotten: Do Users Even Care? This article looks at some of the other findings in the survey. Question: What sort of precautions do you take to protect your privacy online? According to the data, consumers use a variety of strategies to protect their privacy: deleting web history, deleting [...]


Google Tries To Kill Android Class Action Before It Gets Going

android-600 The FTC itself declined to pursue an antitrust case against Google, extending to Android. However, private litigants in May picked up the baton, filing a would-be class action in California federal district court. On Friday, Google moved to dismiss the case. The plaintiffs' main arguments are the following:  Google maintains a mobile search monopoly through Mobile Application Distribution Agreements (MADAs) and “tying” — mandatory installation of the full suite of Google mobile apps, with a privileged position for Google’s search app. If OEMs want Google Play they are requir [...]


Feds: Amazon Let Kids Buy In-App Goods Without Consent

Kindle Fire In January, Apple agreed to refund consumers $32.5 million to settle an FTC complaint that it charged parents for their kids' in-app purchases without adult consent. Google (Play) may soon be hit with a similar complaint. But today, it was Amazon that felt the sting of an FTC lawsuit (full complaint below). The FTC action says that "Amazon.com, Inc. has billed parents and other account holders for millions of dollars in unauthorized in-app charges incurred by children." It seeks to recover millions of dollars in refunds to consumers for these alleged unauthorized charges. The FTC comp [...]


Tiananmen Date Over, Chinese Unblock Access To Google

Google China Now that the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protest and crackdown are over, China has restored access to Google services in the country. They had been totally blocked for roughly a month in the run up to the anniversary. The Chinese government had denied it was interfering with access to Google and implied there was a problem on Google's end. According to Reuters, Chinese users were once again denied access to Google search and Maps. Other services such as Flickr and South-Korean-based messaging services Line and KakaoTalk had also been blocked and are now restor [...]


How The EU Censors Google & Search Engines Just Like China

google-eu-featured.jpg When it comes to censorship, the European Union generally isn't one of the political entities that immediately comes to mind. But it should, especially since its new Right To Be Forgotten mandate has the political union acting in the same manner as that poster child of censorship, China. Sound crazy, that the EU could possibly be imposing censorship on search engines in the same way that China is notorious for? It's not crazy. It's real. In May, the European Court of Justice felt that anyone in the EU should have the right to ask for material to be removed from search engines like [...]


Thanks To “Right To Be Forgotten,” Google Now Censors The Press In The EU

right-forgotten-erase-past-600 The EU's Right To Be Forgotten removals have been happening for about a week on Google, and now news publications are discovering the fallout. For some searches, you can't find their news stories relating to certain people. In particular, both the BBC and the Guardian have shared examples of content that's now been "forgotten" in Google. The stories remain on the sites of both publications. You just can't locate them for certain searches related to the names of individuals they are about. (Postscript 5:50pm ET: Add the Daily Mail to the list, which has posted about removal notices it [...]


Google Launches CookieChoices Site To Help Publishers With EU Cookie Compliance

shutterstock_120614257-cookies Google has launched a new resource named CookieChoices to help publishers understand the European Union's cookie compliance regulations. Bill Hartzer was the first to spot this, noticing Google purchasing the domain a while back and now launching this content on the new domain the other day. The CookieChoices explains the EU requirements as follows: European laws require that digital publishers give visitors to their sites and apps information about their use of cookies and other forms of local storage. In many cases these laws also require that consent be obtained. This site is prod [...]


Google Earns Ad Money Off YouTube Videos Hawking Stolen Credit Cards, Says Watchdog Group

YouTube-Large The Digital Citizens Alliance, an internet safety coalition, is calling out Google for allowing videos that promote the sale of stolen and bogus credit cards to appear on YouTube and then profiting from ads shown alongside the videos. [caption id="attachment_89258" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Source: Digital Citizens Alliance[/caption] In its latest report [PDF], "Breach of Trust: How the Online Market for Stolen and Bogus Credit Cards is Eroding Confidence in the Internet", the watchdog group includes several examples like the one above which shows an ad for Target -- the company t [...]


Letter Hints At Many New EU Investigations Against Google

google-eu-featured.jpg The New York Times is reporting that a letter from European Competition chief Joaquín Almunia seeks to rally support for the existing Google antitrust settlement, quite strangely, by promising future investigations against the company. Essentially he seems to be saying: don't worry if you don't think this deal is tough enough, because there are more investigations coming. The current search antitrust settlement proposal has been revised at least twice to make rival sites more visible in search results. However, there have been many complaints from public officials, Google critics and ot [...]


The SocialChorus Lesson: Use “Nofollow” In Native Ads, To Avoid Google Penalties

SocialChorus Brand building service SocialChorus has learned a lesson that other native advertising players should also know. Even when you're focused on building awareness through social media, you can't ignore Google and its rules, not if sponsored posts and links in native advertising are involved. The company's platform came under attention this week after an agency working on behalf of Microsoft used it to launch a campaign designed to raise buzz about Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser. Mistake number one was trying to involve TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington with a cold-call pitch that [...]


Google’s Android Draws Fresh Antitrust Complaint In Europe

android-featured Google must feel like it's Groundhog Day. Another antitrust complaint has been filed against the company in Europe. This one is focused on Android and third-party app stores. There are also older complaints about Android before the European Commission (EC). According to an article in the Wall Street Journal the new complaint was filed by a Portuguese company called Aptoide, which offers a Google Play alternative. The company argues Google is blocking third party app stores seeking to compete against the Android app store: Aptoide claims that Google creates obstacles for users to install [...]


Book Scanning Suits Against Google, Others Wind Down With Fair Use Rulings

Google book scanning The book scanning litigation against Google (and others) brought by the Authors Guild on behalf of member-copyright owners is drawing to a close. The US Court of Appeal (2nd. Circuit) ruling reported yesterday affirms that full-text book scanning is generally going to be considered "fair use" and protected from claims of copyright infringement. There are still some outstanding issues in the Authors Guild vs. Google (the main case). However the principal issue, surrounding fair use, was decided last year in Google's favor. Fair use is a defense against copyright infringement (17 U.S.C. [...]


Trust Vs. Bribes And The Consumer Privacy Paradox

personal-data-privacy-featured Survey after survey shows that consumers are wary of marketers and concerned about tracking and privacy. However, they also want more personalization, relevant ads and are happy to divulge personal information when they get something in return. Is this a contradiction, a paradox? It's really the difference between being confronted with the idea of "tracking" or targeting in the abstract vs. the often concrete rewards of those processes. A Forrester survey is the latest published piece of consumer research to capture and reflect this tension. Last year the firm surveyed more than 5,000 U [...]


WordPress.com To Start Serving Pages Over SSL As Anti-Surveillance Measure

reset-the-net-600 Automattic, the company that created and owns the WordPress publishing platform, is joining the battle against government surveillance. The company announced today that it'll begin serving pages on all of its WordPress.com subdomains only over SSL by the end of 2014. Paul Sieminski, Automattic's General Counsel, explained the move this way: In the face of intrusive surveillance, we believe that everyone in the tech community needs to stand up and do what they can, starting with their own sites and platforms. For us, that means working to secure the connection between users and our websi [...]


How Google’s New “End-To-End” Email Privacy Push Will Protect You — Even From Google

Gmail Privacy Google's out with two big privacy pushes when it comes to Gmail today, aimed at protecting your email from prying eyes. Wait, isn't Google one of the biggest prying eyes, reading emails for ad targeting and other purposes? Yes, but Google's new push will even protect you from Google itself. Below, an explainer about what's happening. I thought Google already encrypted email? Google provides what's called transit encryption, where the transmission of email is protected but the contents are not. Tell me more about this "transit encryption" stuff! Think of it like sending regular mail. Wi [...]


Will Facebook And Twitter Have To Implement The EU’s “Right To Be Forgotten”?

fb-twitter Could Facebook and Twitter be forced to "forget" things said about others? Perhaps so under the European Union's new "Right To Be Forgotten" ruling. Until now, the focus has mainly been on Google, but a Wall Street Journal article suggests regulators are starting to consider how to apply the ruling to other digital companies. The Journal reports that today in Brussels, privacy officials from the EU's 28 member states are gathering to plan how to coordinate implementation so that there aren't 28 different processes to deal with. Google is still priority one. “We want come up with some g [...]


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