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India May Enforce $5 Billion Antitrust Fine On Google
2014-03-10 11:44:40

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Google’s antitrust woes are not over. On Monday it was reported that the Mountain View, Calif.-based tech giant now faces a fine of up to $5 billion in India, and could be forced to change its business practices in the Asian nation. ZDNet reported that the Competition Commission of India (CCI) accused Google of abusing its market position in the world’s second-largest nation by population. India started its antitrust...

Government Removal Requests Increase In Most Recent Google Transparency Report
2013-12-20 16:15:00

Enid Burns for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Google released its transparency report detailing government requests received by the search engine between January and June of 2013. The report shows a 68 percent increase, when compared to the same period the year before, in government requests to remove content. The report brings out an underlying theme: government requests to remove content continue to rise. "Over the past four years, one worrying trend has remained consistent:...

Spanish Watchdog Fines Google
2013-12-20 15:54:07

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Search engine giant Google was handed a fine by Spain’s privacy watchdog on Thursday for breaking that nation’s data protection law. Google was levied a 900,000 euro ($1.23 million USD) fine, the maximum amount possible under the law. Spanish authorities allege Google has broken the country’s laws when it combined more than 70 privacy policies into one user information sharing policy last year. “Inspections have shown that...

2013-12-15 12:20:08

LONDON, December 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The fight to ensure Google cannot evade British justice goes before the English High Court on Monday, when a group of British internet users take action against the internet giant. The claimants argue that Google breached their privacy in England and should be held to account here too. In their claim, filed in London, the group of claimants, known as Safari Users Against Google's Secret Tracking, have accused Google of bypassing...

Google Under Fire Dutch Data Protection Agency
2013-11-29 11:33:39

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA) claims that Google is violating Dutch data protection law. The Dutch agency performed a seven-month-long investigation and found that Google is breaking the data law by combining personal data from its many different online services. DPA said in a statement that the online giant does not adequately inform users about the combining of personal data from all its web services. According to the...

2013-10-16 16:29:42

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Oct. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumer Watchdog joined the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and three other public interest groups today in re-iterating their opposition to a proposed $8.5 million settlement in a class action suit against Google for privacy violations in the way it handled users' search data because proposed recipients of settlement funds don't represent the interests of the class. Today's letter to Judge Edward J. Davila...

Google Lawsuit Email Wiretapping Upheld
2013-10-02 08:47:47

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A federal judge has refused Google’s request to throw out a lawsuit over charges the company illegally wiretapped customers and non-customers alike. US District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose decided last week to uphold a lawsuit against the company on charges that Google scans emails and uses the contents therein to fuel advertisements. Weeks earlier, another US appeals court upheld a decision against Google and said they must be...

2013-08-09 23:18:49

idcloak launches a tool that helps users conduct an anonymous Google search– a list of proxies which allows users to search online without giving away their identity. Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) August 09, 2013 idcloak has released an anonymous google search proxy list for privacy conscious users who do not want their searches to be recorded and stored against their identity. By connecting to a free anonymous proxy with HTTPS encryption, a user is able to access a search engine and conduct...

Google Must Do More To Settle Antitrust Concerns: EU
2013-07-18 04:37:20

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Proposals by Google to modify its search and advertising practices have failed to resolve concerns it is unfairly stifling competition, bringing closer the possibility of a legal dispute, the European Commission's chief antitrust official said on Wednesday. These proposals "are not enough to overcome our concerns," said Joaquin Almunia, the antitrust head of the European Commission (EC), according to Reuters reporter Foo Yun Chee....

Japanese Officials Google Privacy Settings
2013-07-12 09:35:57

Enid Burns for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Most people worry about their privacy settings on Google, but government officials and journalists in Japan learned their lesson the hard way when they realized that privacy settings on Google Groups had been overlooked, leaving documents and exchanges to be leaked. The government was alerted to the fact they used the default settings on Google Groups, allowing public access to discussion threads. Privacy settings should have been...