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  1. Google Not Responsible for Content of Paid Search Ads, Australian Court Rules

    Watchdog group the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission filed this first-of-its-kind lawsuit against Google in 2007. Google has been cleared of charges that it failed to adequately distinguish paid search ads from organic search results.

  2. Google Buys Frommer’s Travel Guides in Yet Another Contested Move as a Content Publisher

    Consumer Watchdog is calling on the FTC to block the acquisition. Consumer Watchdog, FairSearch.org Asking for FTC Intervention There is a fundamental conflict between being a search provider and a content provider,” Consumer Watchdog Privacy...

  3. Google Forfeiture: Government Splits $500 Million

    In that case, Australia’s consumer watchdog organization ACCC charged that Google had allowed paid advertisements that misled consumers by showing competitors in search results for businesses. Select Rhode Island law enforcement agencies are about...

  4. Google, Microsoft, Yahoo Working With White House on Do No Track Browsing

    Fla.and two watchdog groups –  Consumer Watchdog and the Electronic Privacy Information Center – began pushing the FTC to investigate whether Google violated a privacy settlement the FTC signed with Google last year.

  5. D.C. Gets a Street View of New Anti-Google Video

    Consumer Watchdog is at it again. In the new video "Mr. Schmidt Goes to Washington," the group demands Eric Schmidt be called before Congress for hearings about the data Google collected with its Street View mapping service cars.

  6. Bing Social Recommends Twitterers; Paid Search Roundup; Google Transparency Report & More Search News

    Net Neutrality Watchdog Group Uses Google, Facebook Ads To Attack Google - TechCrunch Consumer watchdogs Progressive Change Campaign Committee, have bought ads through Google's own content network and on competitor Facebook, which redirect to an...

  7. News Picks: More Instant Fallout, GoDaddy.com for Sale, Twitter/Facebook/LinkedIn All See Growth

    After initially rejecting three AdWords ads submitted by Consumer Watchdog (a major critic of its policies), Google approves the ads following a complaint by the advertiser. Here's a look at more news and helpful advice from around the Web, sorted...

  8. Anti Retargeting Campaign Strikes At Google In Times Square

    Consumer Watchdog is promoting the video right now, 36 times per day, on a jumbotron in Times Square -- the most highly-trafficked public square in the nation. It's time to create a 'Do Not Track Me' list to prevent online companies from gathering...

  9. Consumer Watchdog Believes Google 'WiSpy' Potentially Logged Homeland Security Data

    In the long list of legal issues Google is facing at the moment, here's another one to add to the record: Consumer Watchdog suspects the Mountain View-based company to have picked up unprotected payload data (i.e.

  10. White House Ticks Off Deputy CTO As Ex-Googler Bypasses Privacy Rules

    The White House took action after the breach was revealed through a Freedom of Information Act Request from Consumer Watchdog. Consumer Watchdog does not stand to be satisfied with just a slap on the wrist of McLaughlin and requests that he resigns.

  11. Social Media = Society's Watchdog

    This holds true for companies as well and, as a result, the consumer benefits from better products and services. Millions of people have discovered the benefits of social media. However, a few people and companies have also experienced the...