Now that Google has admitted in court documents that it has paid “so many commentators it’s impossible to list them all,” it looks like everyone’s a suspect.
On CNBC, Consumer Watchdog’s Jamie Court suggested Business Insider’s Nicholas Carlson might be on the Google dole when the latter ripped into a bizarre screed about how consumers just don’t care about their internet privacy, and Consumer’s Union is bigger than Consumer Watchdog anyway, so how would they know what consumers want.
Per Brad Reed: “Google’s cookie-planting antics were revealed this past February by Jonathan Mayer, a graduate student at Stanford who published research showing how Google used loopholes within Apple’s Safari browser cookie-blocking policy to place unexpected third-party cookies within the browser.”
In the proposed settlement, Google gets to skate on any admission of wrongdoing, and “denies any violation of the FTC Order, any and all liability for the claims set forth in the Complaint, and all material allegations of the Complaint save for those regarding jurisdiction and venue.”
Consumer Watchdog has filed a motion challenging the settlement with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, San Francisco Division, which must approve the deal.
As part of the proposed settlement, Google is creating a “Red Team” to protect consumers from…well, itself.
I know I feel safe.
by Dan Rowinski
How much do social and mobile service providers know about you? What are they doing with your personal information? If you’re worried, you’re not alone. A Harris Interactive survey commmissioned by TRUSTe, which helps its clients manage customer privacy, shows that 60% of adults surveyed are more concerned about their online privacy now than they were a year ago.
The study, conducted between May 31 and June 6, 2012, included 1,033 adults and 554 smartphone users in the United States aged 18 or older.
Ninety-four percent of respondants said that privacy was an important issue, and 58% said they ‘do not like’ online behavioral advertising.
Consumers are realizing that the first line of protection when it comes to privacy online is the individual.