The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)
issued its second annual privacy report card with lower
grades of "C for consumer data protection efforts and a D on civil liberties."
Mark Rotenberg, executive director of EPIC said "Our bottom-line
assessment is that with respect to...
Hitwise recently reported that 1 in every 4 pageviews in the US is on Facebook ,
and also incredible is Facebook's claim that people spend over 700 billion minutes per month on Facebook.
Astonishing growth made even more amazing by realizing that the second place,
and far behind Facebook, is YouTube...
After digitizing 5.2 million books
Google now offers new tools that permit a fascinating view of
language, culture, and evolution of thought unlike anything known before. Now
anyone can analyze " 500 billion words contained in books published between 1500
and 2008 in English, French, Spanish...
All indicators were headed to this
new headline that as 2010 ends Facebook overtook Google as the most popular Internet site .
Experian Hitwise reported that "8.9 percent of unique online visits were to
Facebook this year, compared with Google's 7.2 percent," and ComScore estimates
The Department of
Interior (DOI) was enjoined from awarding Microsoft a contract to
provide a Cloud email service following Google's bid protest. US Judge Susan Braden issued a temporary
injunction because the DOI failed to comply with federal procurement laws.
Google and Microsoft both offer...
Google agreed to an unprecedented settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, where the FTC asserted that Google used deceptive tactics and violated its own privacy policies through its social network Google Buzz. Although there is no monetary penalty attached to the settlement, Google is required...
Not only was Google's roll out of
Buzz in 2010 badly received by the user community, the Federal Trade Commission
(FTC) filed a Complaint for Google's violation of its own
launched its Buzz social network through its Gmail web-based email product.
Q1 revenue increased $8.6 Billion which is 27% higher than a year
earlier, however there are a number of critical legal issues facing Google which I included in my
Times column. Those legal challenges include the recent rejection of
the long-running Google book settlement by US Circuit...
VOIP is likely headed in a new
direction now that Microsoft agreed to pay $8.5 billion for Skype .
It was reported that Facebook and Google's offers were in the $3 to 4 billion
range , while at the same time Skype was still considering an
IPO later this year. As a result of this purchase, Microsoft...
A new lawsuit against Google for
Internet location tracking highlights my recent eCommerce Times column that Internet privacy may not be
possible . The new class action lawsuit brought by Jon Pessano and others asserts that Google uses its location
marketing database to generate billions of dollars...
Google was the most valuable brand
name in the world for 4 years, and now Apple
has finally surpassed Google as the most valuable brand . Rounding
out the top 10 are very familar names:
Microsoft recently paid $8.5 billion for Skype and
even though Facebook and Google lost in the bidding wars offering a measly $3-4
billion, nonetheless now Facebook announces that Skype will be available for video
calling! Mark Zuckerberg said:
will be able to click a button in Facebook...
Google faces antitrust allegations
by the Federal
Trade Commission (FTC), the European Union (EU), and in Texas that Google's search engine favors its own services in
search results and charges rivals higher ad rates. So when asked to
testify before a US Senate Judiciary antitrust subcommittee...
Google's newest Social Media adventure Google+
is getting rave reviews with millions of users yet not launched to the
public. Keep in mind that the Federal
because of Google's disastrous Buzz - the 2010 failed...
In 2009 Google started offering l egal research and eDiscovery services ( Postini),
and now Google announced that it invested $18.5 million in
RocketLawyer.com which bills itself as the "fastest growing online
legal service." Forbes reported that RocketLawyer.com founder Charley Moore:...
Google paid an estimated $100-200 million to
expand its reach by purchasing Zagat Survey that potentially increases Google's
Social Media power. Pew Research recently report that 92% of adults on the
Internet use search engines every day , so couple that information
with Google's "estimates...
All Social Media and Internet
businesses rely on TOS and Click Agreements to protect their legal rights, but
few businesses take the time to make sure that the TOS and Click Agreements
actually protect their business operations. I welcome you to read my eCommerce
Times column entitled "Your...
Since the Wikimedia Foundation (home of
Wikipedia) is a not-for-profit , it survives by annual fundraisers. Google
co-founder Sergey Brin and his wife Anne Wojcicki (23andMe co-founder) used
their Brin Wojcicki Foundation to grant $500,000 to the Wikimedia Foundation.
The Wikimedia Foundation kicked...
Pew Research recently reported that 92%
of adults use search engines daily and ComScore recently reported that 65.6%
of all US searches are conducted on Google . So I thought I would pass along
Hack College's recommendations about how to " Get
More Out of Google ." Here are some search...
After the US government filed
charges that Facebook violated US privacy law, Facebook finally
confessed that it failed to protect the privacy of its 800 million active
users. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) welcomes the public to submit comments
on the settlement through December 30, 2011 .
By Peter S. Vogel
Since 92% of adults use search engines every day means that they share volumes of information with Google, who dominates searching, 66.4% in the US and 80% in the EU . No one was surprised when Pew Research reported that 92% of adults search daily , but what Google does with our...
By Peter S. Vogel
Google was fined $25,000 for not cooperating with an investigation regarding Google's collection of unencrypted wifi data when taking Street View pictures from 2006-10, but the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reported that Google did not violate any US laws. The FCC's...
By Peter S. Vogel
Google confessed to U.K. officials that Google still has Street View unprotected wifi data collected before 2010 in spite claims that such data had been destroyed. On July 27, 2012 Peter Fleischer (Google's global privacy counsel) sent a letter to Steve Eckersley (head of enforcement...
Hailing her state as the "epicenter of modern innovation," California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris has issued recommendations for app developers and providers, advertising networks and others as part of an effort to give consumers "meaningful information" about privacy choices...
By Peter S. Vogel
The NY Times reported that “regulators are looking at whether Google unfairly uses the software to promote its other dominant services.” The report entitled “ F.T.C. Is Said to Investigate Claims That Google Used Android to Promote Its Products ” is based...