Latest Criticism of Google Stories

2011-01-27 07:10:00

Consumer Watchdog, an advocacy group that has focused much of its attention in recent years on Google's privacy practices, debuted its new animated satire -- "Mr. Schmidt Goes to Washington" -- on the streets of Washington DC, as part of its case for why Congress should call Google CEO Eric Schmidt to testify under oath about the Wi-Spy scandal and other online privacy issues, and also said the company's close ties to the National Security Agency should be investigated. The animation is...

2010-10-19 06:00:00

The Spanish Agency for Data Protection (AEPD) announced on Monday that it had filed a lawsuit against Google for allegedly violating the country's data protection laws. In a statement posted on its website, the Spanish agency claims that Google illegally gathered data from Internet users as it collected images for its Street View mapping services. The charges follow an investigation the AEPD launched in May, which the agency said provided evidence of five separate violations committed by...

2010-06-22 05:36:22

Connecticut is at the head of a multi-state investigation into whether Google broke the law when it collected personal data off wireless networks around the globe, which the Internet search company says it did so inadvertently. Conn. Attorney General Richard Blumenthal told Reuters on Monday that more than 30 states were on hand during a recent conference call on the issue. He said that consumers have a right to know what type of data had been collected, and whether procedures needed to be...

2010-06-12 06:40:00

After announcing that it accidentally collected data over non-encrypted Wi-Fi networks from more than 30 countries over several years, Google is now telling lawmakers that it never examined or made use of any of the information gathered. In a letter to three key members of the House Commerce Committee, Google apologized for collecting pieces of emails, search requests and other online activities over open Wi-Fi networks. The company gathered the data while photographing neighborhoods using...

2010-01-11 06:50:00

Google Inc. issued a publicly apology over the weekend to a number of Chinese authors, excusing itself for inadequate communication with them before it began scanning their books into its digital library.  The apology is being viewed as a first step towards a rapprochement between the Internet behemoth and a Chinese writing guild amidst an ongoing legal row over copyright infringement. For more than five years Google has been engaged in a visionary effort to make all of the world's books...

2009-09-10 07:00:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In advance of today's House Judiciary Committee hearing on the proposed Google Book Settlement, the Open Book Alliance released a list of seven issues related to the settlement that it believes are misunderstood and worthy of further discussion. "There's been a lot of questions about the nature of this settlement, and, unfortunately, there remains some inaccurate information out there," said Peter Brantley, director, Internet Archive and...

2009-02-18 07:58:00

DETROIT, Feb. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The Epitec Group announced today that it is a full service partner in the Google Enterprise Partner program which extends the power of the Google technologies to other organizations and helps customers get more value out of Google search capabilities. As a reseller of the Google Search Appliance, The Epitec Group will now provide purchasing, customization and integration services for the Google enterprise search technologies to corporations, government...

2008-12-17 17:36:00

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Dec. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Internet giant Google must match new privacy measures announced by search rival Yahoo!, Consumer Watchdog said today, and called on both companies to enact stronger protections to truly guarantee users' privacy. The nonprofit, nonpartisan consumer group warned the public that even with shorter data retention times, identifiable personal data remains on the search companies' servers because each point of contact renews the data retention...

2008-10-06 09:00:20

By Kevin J. O'Brien For more than a year, European data privacy officials have been battling with U.S.-based Internet search engines, trying to get them to conform to European restrictions on the storage of personal information gleaned from the Web. Now, as the U.S. titans Google, Microsoft and Yahoo continue to retain personal data beyond the six-month time limit established this year by the European Commission, regulators say their patience is running thin. "For the moment, Google...

2008-09-14 12:00:13

By Joe Nocera A few days ago, a lawyer representing an entrepreneur called Dan Savage sent the U.S. Department of Justice a nine-page, 4,000-word letter. Savage, 59, runs Sourcetool.com, a business-to-business Web site that acts as a directory, listing - and ranking - hundreds of thousands of companies that sell industrial products. Like many Internet entrepreneurs, Savage, who started his company in 2005, built his business model around Google. Using Google's AdWords program, he proposed...

Word of the Day
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.