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Google Pays $17 Million to Settle Apple Safari User Tracking Case

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Google has agreed to pay a settlement of $17 million to 38 U.S. states in order to end a probe into claims that it deliberately bypassed user privacy settings in Apple’s Safari browser. Google also agreed to never deploy similar tracking code again. Google has agreed to pay a settlement of $17 million to 38 U.S. states in order to end a probe into claims that it deliberately bypassed user privacy settings in Apple’s Safari browser. Google also agreed to never deploy similar tracking code again. 0 Comments

FTC Updates Search Engine Ad Disclosure Guidelines

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The FTC has released new guidelines for the search engine industry and how it distinguishes between advertising and natural search results. Particularly, the FTC believes that it has become harder for consumers to recognize paid search results. The FTC has released new guidelines for the search engine industry and how it distinguishes between advertising and natural search results. Particularly, the FTC believes that it has become harder for consumers to recognize paid search results. 0 Comments

Google Privacy Director Alma Whitten Resigns

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Alma Whitten will leave the search giant after 10 years. Whitten ascended to the position of privacy director in the wake of the furore created by revelations that Google had been collecting private Wi-Fi data via its fleet of Street View cars. Alma Whitten will leave the search giant after 10 years. Whitten ascended to the position of privacy director in the wake of the furore created by revelations that Google had been collecting private Wi-Fi data via its fleet of Street View cars. 0 Comments

FTC Tightens Online Disclosure Requirements

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The FTC's new disclosure standard considerably tightens the requirements for disclosure statements for online advertisements, ads and reviews. Also, if you're posting anything on a social media platform, that specifically requires disclosure, too. The FTC's new disclosure standard considerably tightens the requirements for disclosure statements for online advertisements, ads and reviews. Also, if you're posting anything on a social media platform, that specifically requires disclosure, too. 0 Comments

FTC: Mobile App Developers Still Failing to Protect Kids

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The FTC has issued a report on software apps that criticizes their trampling of the privacy of children The report, "Mobile Apps for Kids: Disclosures Still Not Making the Grade", is the second on the subject – and like nearly all sequels, it's bad. The FTC has issued a report on software apps that criticizes their trampling of the privacy of children The report, "Mobile Apps for Kids: Disclosures Still Not Making the Grade", is the second on the subject – and like nearly all sequels, it's bad. 0 Comments

FTC to Drop Vertical Search Antitrust Case Against Google? No Consumer Harm Found

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Federal Trade Commission officials are reportedly thinking of dropping their antitrust case against Google. The FTC plans to drop the case because it doesn't have evidence to prove that the way Google ranks its search results is hurting consumers. Federal Trade Commission officials are reportedly thinking of dropping their antitrust case against Google. The FTC plans to drop the case because it doesn't have evidence to prove that the way Google ranks its search results is hurting consumers. 0 Comments

Google Hiring Privacy Red Team

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Google has begun hiring for a crack team of data experts – code named Red Team – to help resolve privacy complaints, following the $22.5 million fine it had to pay the Federal Trade Commission after issues relating to the Safari browser. Google has begun hiring for a crack team of data experts – code named Red Team – to help resolve privacy complaints, following the $22.5 million fine it had to pay the Federal Trade Commission after issues relating to the Safari browser. 0 Comments

Google Told to Fix 4 Areas in Search, Advertising to End Antitrust Inquiry

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European antitrust chiefs are offering Google a chance to end the 18-month investigation into alleged monopoly abuses by the company. U.S. senators say the deal is a positive step forward in addressing the concerns they also have with the firm. European antitrust chiefs are offering Google a chance to end the 18-month investigation into alleged monopoly abuses by the company. U.S. senators say the deal is a positive step forward in addressing the concerns they also have with the firm. 0 Comments

As Yahoo Layoff Rumors Swirl, Labs Chief Heads to Google

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Yahoo's woes continue after it confirmed it will lose the head of its labs unit, Prabhakar Raghavan, to Google. Raghaven's research interests focused on search technologies, with particular interests in text, web mining, and algorithm design. Yahoo's woes continue after it confirmed it will lose the head of its labs unit, Prabhakar Raghavan, to Google. Raghaven's research interests focused on search technologies, with particular interests in text, web mining, and algorithm design. 0 Comments

US Senators Ask FTC to Launch Formal Anti-trust Investigation into Google

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Senators Herb Kohl and Mike Lee have written to the FTC (PDF) about their fears that Google could be abusing its dominant position in the market, or could do so in the future, asking the FTC to launch a formal anti-trust investigation into Google. Senators Herb Kohl and Mike Lee have written to the FTC (PDF) about their fears that Google could be abusing its dominant position in the market, or could do so in the future, asking the FTC to launch a formal anti-trust investigation into Google. 0 Comments

FTC Finalizes Settlement of Google Buzz Privacy Issues

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The FTC has approved its settlement with Google that addresses improper privacy disclosure during the release of Buzz. The settlement mandates additional privacy procedures, including third-party privacy audits every other year for the next 20 years. The FTC has approved its settlement with Google that addresses improper privacy disclosure during the release of Buzz. The settlement mandates additional privacy procedures, including third-party privacy audits every other year for the next 20 years. 0 Comments

Facebook Fixes Cookie Issues as Lawmakers Urge FTC Privacy Probe

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Reports that Facebook cookies were left in-tact after logout have lawmakers gunning for the social network. The tracking issue has since been fixed, but select data is still tracked and a patent indicates that all this tracking may be intentional. Reports that Facebook cookies were left in-tact after logout have lawmakers gunning for the social network. The tracking issue has since been fixed, but select data is still tracked and a patent indicates that all this tracking may be intentional. 0 Comments

SearchDay | Is Google a Social Media Company?

Today's search engine marketing news and opinion: Is Google a Social Media Company?; International SEO 101; FTC Sets New Guidelines for Blogger Endorsements; and more. Today's search engine marketing news and opinion: Is Google a Social Media Company?; International SEO 101; FTC Sets New Guidelines for Blogger Endorsements; and more. 0 Comments

Search and the Law: Attorney Deborah Wilcox

As part of a series looking at Internet and intellectual property law, Deborah Wilcox, co-chair of a national intellectual property litigation practice, discusses changes in attitudes toward online intellectual property, the challenges courts face in litigating online IP and trademark cases, and consumer confusion over search ads. As part of a series looking at Internet and intellectual property law, Deborah Wilcox, co-chair of a national intellectual property litigation practice, discusses changes in attitudes toward online intellectual property, the challenges courts face in litigating online IP and trademark cases, and consumer confusion over search ads. 0 Comments

Search Engine Standards, Please!

Search engines should set standards and adhere to them, say webmasters, advertisers and a senior attorney for the Federal Trade Commission. Uniform standards would serve both web site owners and searchers. Search engines should set standards and adhere to them, say webmasters, advertisers and a senior attorney for the Federal Trade Commission. Uniform standards would serve both web site owners and searchers. 0 Comments