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Watchdog Group Challenges Google To Debate Its Privacy Policy

October 7, 2010 by  

Watchdog group challenges Google to debate its privacy policyLibertarians have long been concerned about the government's intrusion on citizens' privacy through wiretaps and other surveillance methods. However, there may be another threat on the horizon.

Corporate efforts to track individuals' habits and preferences have apparently been underestimated, which has prompted Consumer Watchdog (CW) to express concerns over Google's failure to engage in a public debate over its policy on consumers' online privacy.

The non-profit organization is running a digital advertisement in New York City's Times Square with a caption reading "Why won't Google debate your privacy with Consumer Watchdog?"

"Google's executives are discussing new frontiers of ad exploitation and sponsoring political discussions at Washington events, but they won't engage in a meaningful discussion of the company's most fundamental issue: online privacy," complained the organization's president, Jamie Court.

Among the biggest concerns are issues such as tracking people's Internet activity, including sites visited and purchases made online. As such, CW hopes its campaign will attract support for "Do Not Track Me" legislation to protect online consumers.

It also sponsored a national poll which showed that 86 percent of Americans are in favor of privacy protections that would require Internet providers to offer an option for consumers to choose to make their online activities anonymous. 

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  • s c

    To take a guess, Google has joined that sad herd of Uncle Scam suck-ups who dream about an Orwellian America. In that world, some are automatically more equal than others. That is, when you get to bury your face in the power and privilege hog trough, you get addicted without having to be elected.
    In the event that Google is as borderline spooky as it sounds, then they might as choose sides so the American people can learn how to deal with that pc, Nazi, useful idiot mentality. Don’t we already have more than enough of that mental disease going around now?

    • BrotherPatriot

      As much as I honestly like the smooth uses of Google…I no longer use them as my search engine due to their tracking. I have switched to the ixquick search engine since they do not track like Google does.

      If you also have concerns…you might check that one out.

      God Bless you all & goodmorning…one day closer to Nov 2nd!

      • FairPlayTheAmericanWay

        Amen Brother!

      • dan az

        the other one is Start Page it blocks your IP from being seen by others including the EU which is what it was designed for.

  • Robin from Arcadia, IN

    Once again we are faced with concerns about our privacy and the government. Government works for us, not the other way around. Remember in November!

  • L.J.

    Now this may sound strange to the lot of you who take government and the media’s word for it, but Google shares every BIT of INFORMATION about you that they collect; and beleive you me, they collect a lot!Google has contracts with the federal “snoop” agencies to provide them with all the information about you WHENEVER you use them to perform a search, like I.P. address, physical address, your email address, what you searched for, etc! Now a lot of you may thing that’s just OK with you to allow them to collect this information and disseminate it to agencies of the socialist regime which will use it against you and place you a “real neat list.”
    Well, I don’t want that and I don’t give a damn WHAT type of browser Google puts out there or what types of apps they provide the public with for “free”, there’s big-time spying going on and YOU’RE the target.
    But, don’t take my word for it, get off your lazy asses and do some research on the subject and you’ll be “amazed” at what you find. But, sadly some of you idiots will continue to use their crappy spyware and have your personal information cataloged in a database. Perform a search on IXQUICK (which, BTW doesn’t record the information Google does)for “Eschelon” and you will find out about the mother of all data collecting computers with speeds faster than anyone can imagine. And computer manufacturers limit us to low speeds while Eschelon uses speed that is unbelievable!Wake up or LOSE ALL YOUR RIGHTS with the government telling you what you can and cannot do–it will get a lot worse than it is now if you sit on your asses and do nothing–ESPECIALLY those who profess to be Christians and don’t bother to vote in elections OR with their dollars and not buy from corporations such as Home Depot which openly supports the homosexual agenda. Let Home Depot try and exist with their homo-loving supporters buying their goods. They will collapse due to no sales. BOYCOTT HOME DEPOT!

    • BrotherPatriot

      Were in the same boat, L.J. I don’t shop at any of the major corporations (Home Depot, Wal-Mart, etc.) if I can help it…and I encourage others to do the same. I try and shop at local stores and I’m willing to pay the small amount that is more for their prices…this to support the Free Market that has made America strong…not the cheap chinese crap that’s being peddled from Wal-Mart, for example.

      I encourage you all to use the Ixquick search engine as well.

      God Bless.

      • http://none Mike

        I cant help but to weigh in on this one. Thcollection of personal information has been going on for years. The serch engins are just the latest way to do it. We face a time ahead where they think to force us to choose between security and liberty. The collection of personal info starts at birth with the assigning of a social security number. Your personal gov id. People collect buying info from credit cards bank cards and even security cameras placed at every checkout isle in america. Sounds a little nutty but its true. Most only collect the info to tailor there goods and services to a area clientel . But this is info collected none the less. When it starts to get scary is when this info is now used in the hireing process with most all buisnesses now. They look at your facebook pages twitters and many many more web based sights. And have been doing it for years . I see that as an invasion of privacy as well. But where do we draw that fine line between what can and cannot be used against you. I pleade the 5th lol. I frankly dont see where we can end this new attack on your private thoughts and actions in the electronic age its all too easy to get labled and listed for expressing our 1st amendment rights. Unless we start to elect people who will support the constitution and not circomvent it. Yours truly Mike

    • FairPlayTheAmericanWay

      Don’t forget insurance! When I found out that AllState Insurance was using profits from my policy to fund militant homosexual parades and candidates, I switched and saved over $300 a year. I have no beef against gays who keep their mouth shut and don’t try to promote that they are somehow superior to everyone else and who want superior rights and privileges. It’s the arrogance of a number of them that most find offensive.

  • http://gmail i41

    When I was getting a quoteon health insurance supplement at an insurance agency, there was a couple of I guess close to 70 that want some insurance and the agent was going thru some companies. AARP was mention and he was told straight out they would not buy anything AARP because they payed and supported abortions and clinic that did. The agent said the new Obama care will support anything a doctor can do but keep the citizens alive.

  • jopa

    Googles whole success story is based on snooping and tracking everyones information.Thats how they make their money so advertisers can track specific groups for their products.Or aanyone else willing to buy your personal informayion.This is only the beginning, in a few weeks googlr tv will be making its debut that has television, the internet,Netflix and a host of other goodies to entice the public.Uncle Sam and everyone else could tell you things about yourself that you didn’t even know after you have your subscription for a few weeks.What is put on the net is open to the public.

  • jopa

    FairPlay;When you had Allstate insurance you really didn’t have insurance.One of my daughters had Allstate insurance a homeowners policy.Then she had some problems with her sewer or run-off water so she called Allstate to see if was covered.They said “sure it’s covered as long as it does’nt cost too much”.She had estimates done and they said “yup costs too much”.She was in a point in her life where she could not afford it so I paid the three or four thousand dollar tab.I see all those Allstate ads on tv and feel sorry for anyone else who gets suckered by them.


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