Justice Department Sues Monopolist Google For Violating Antitrust Laws

Justice Department Sues Monopolist Google For Violating Antitrust Laws

Today, the Department of Justice — along with eleven state Attorneys General — filed a civil antitrust lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to stop Google from unlawfully maintaining monopolies through anticompetitive and exclusionary practices in the search and search advertising markets and to remedy the competitive harms.

Adblockers installed 300,000 times are malicious and should be removed now

Adblockers installed 300,000 times are malicious and should be removed now

Adblocking extensions with more than 300,000 active users have been surreptitiously uploading user browsing data and tampering with users’ social media accounts thanks to malware its new owner introduced a few weeks ago, according to technical analyses and posts on Github.

When you tell Chrome to wipe private data about you, it spares two websites from the purge: Google.com, YouTube

When you tell Chrome to wipe private data about you, it spares two websites from the purge: Google.com, YouTube

While cookies are typically used to identify you and store some of your online preferences when visiting websites, site data is on another level: it includes, among other things, a storage database in which a site can store personal information about you, on your computer, that can be accessed again by the site the next time you visit.

Chrome exempts Google sites from user site data settings

Chrome exempts Google sites from user site data settings

Support this blog: Link Unshortener, StopTheMadness, Underpass, PayPal. In Google Chrome's "Cookies and site data" settings, accessible via the Preferences menu item or directly with.Chrome respects the "Clear cookies and site data when you quit Chrome" setting for but not entirely for .

Why Monopolies Make Spying Easier

Why Monopolies Make Spying Easier

If history is any guide, the longer that companies like Facebook and Google stay dominant, the more likely it becomes that they will serve as intelligence partners to the United States and other governments.

Microsoft will adopt Google Chrome's controversial Manifest V3 in Edge

Microsoft will adopt Google Chrome's controversial Manifest V3 in Edge

The Web Request API will still be available and still be able to provide information about all network requests fired by the browser … as opposed to what those announcements state, the deprecation of the blocking ability of the webRequest API accomplishes nothing privacy-wise for content blockers since they will *still* require broad hosts permissions.".

Dear Google: We Agree Search Competition Should Be "Only 1 Click Away" – So Why Is It 15+ on Android?

Dear Google: We Agree Search Competition Should Be "Only 1 Click Away" – So Why Is It 15+ on Android?

Dear Google, one of the most repeated lines you’ve used to fend off antitrust inquiries is to say search competition is “only one click away.” The recent House Antitrust Subcommittee report notes that “in an internal presentation about [Microsoft] Internet Explorer’s default search selection, Google recommended that users be given an initial opportunity to select a search engine and that browsers minimize the steps required to change the default search provider.” Finally, something we can agree on!

Google gives IP addresses to police of people who have searched particular keywords or addresses

Google gives IP addresses to police of people who have searched particular keywords or addresses

According to court records from an arson case in Florida, Google regularly provides information to law enforcement about people that search a particular term or physical location using a Google service like Google Search or Google Maps.

Feds may target Google’s Chrome browser for breakup

Feds may target Google’s Chrome browser for breakup

The browser, which Google introduced in 2008 and has the largest market share in the U.S., has been at the center of rivals’ accusations that the search giant uses its access to users’ web histories to aid its advertising business.

School-Issued Chromebooks and Privacy

School-Issued Chromebooks and Privacy

If I get issued a Chromebook and use it at home, can the school/Google see other devices and network traffic?

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: October 9, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: October 9, 2020

US official alleges big tech has started giving Hong Kong user data to China under new national security law.Privacy News Online is brought to you by Private Internet Access, the world’s most trusted VPN service.

Cianan Brennan: How data becomes money - the price we pay for keeping web content free

Cianan Brennan: How data becomes money - the price we pay for keeping web content free

In auctioning off advertising space on their apps and websites, publishers likewise share personal data via permissions — phone numbers, device IDs, browsing history — with Google and hundreds of other companies like it.

Google is giving data to police based on search keywords, court docs show

Google is giving data to police based on search keywords, court docs show

But a recently unsealed court document found that investigators can request such data in reverse order by asking Google to disclose everyone who searched a keyword rather than for information on a known suspect.

U.S. House's antitrust report hints at break-up of Big Tech firms: lawmaker

U.S. House's antitrust report hints at break-up of Big Tech firms: lawmaker

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives antitrust report on Big Tech firms contains a “thinly veiled call to break up” the companies, Republican Congressman Ken Buck said in a draft response seen by Reuters.

US official alleges big tech has started giving Hong Kong user data to China under new national security law

US official alleges big tech has started giving Hong Kong user data to China under new national security law

Back when the new national security law passed, some companies vowed to no longer respond to data requests from Hong Kong authorities.However, like Google and Facebook, Microsoft declined to comment to The Guardian on the state official’s allegations.

EU could force Apple to share user data with competitors

EU could force Apple to share user data with competitors

Major tech companies like Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon may be required to share customer data with smaller rivals, should the European Union's Digital Services Act pass.The Digital Services Act is designed to curb anticompetitive behavior by major tech companies like Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google.

DuckDuckGo slams Google’s Android search engine auction as ‘fundamentally flawed’ after losing to Bing

DuckDuckGo slams Google’s Android search engine auction as ‘fundamentally flawed’ after losing to Bing

Microsoft’s Bing search engine has beaten out competitor DuckDuckGo and will now be offered as an option for Android users during setup in select European countries, according to the results of Google’s most recent default search engine auction.

The EU wants to limit which apps Apple and Google pre-install on your phone

The EU wants to limit which apps Apple and Google pre-install on your phone

Draft rules would force the tech giants to share their data with rivals, and limit how many of their own apps they pre-install on devices.

Why privacy must be at the core of every tech product

Why privacy must be at the core of every tech product

The EU has been more willing to take on this fight with big companies and it’s a really good thing because we need the competition, but we also need to have regulations on the data that is collected on people.

Google says Android 12 will make using third-party app stores easier

Google says Android 12 will make using third-party app stores easier

The company says that “all developers selling digital goods in their apps are required to use Google Play’s billing system,” and it’s tweaking language in its payment policy to make that clear.

Companies Can Track Your Phone’s Movements to Target Ads

Companies Can Track Your Phone’s Movements to Target Ads

Companies looking for new ways to categorize users and tailor content are turning to a new tool: physical signals from the phone itself.“We see Apple's announcements, consumers getting more conscious of privacy, and the death of the cookie,” says Abhishek Sen, cofounder of NumberEight, a “contextual intelligence” startup in the UK that infers user behavior from sensors in their smartphone.

Android 11 — 5 New Security and Privacy Features You Need to Know

Android 11 — 5 New Security and Privacy Features You Need to Know

After a long wait and months of beta testing, Google last week finally released Android 11, the latest version of the Android mobile operating system—with features offering billions of its users more control over their data security and privacy.

YouTube faces £2.5BILLION legal battle for ‘breaching privacy of millions of British kids’

YouTube faces £2.5BILLION legal battle for ‘breaching privacy of millions of British kids’

He said: "It cannot be right that Google can take children’s private data without explicit permission and then sell it to advertisers to target children.The case will docus on children who watched YouTube since May 2018, when the Data Protection Act became law.

Ente

Ente

Memories are precious.To start with, ente is a privacy friendly alternative to Google Photos that supports end-to-end encryption.That if there were good alternatives with strict privacy policies, some of us would switch.

Google faces $3.2B lawsuit over claims it violated children’s privacy

Google faces $3.2B lawsuit over claims it violated children’s privacy

"YouTube, and its parent company Google, are ignoring laws designed to protect children," Foxglove wrote in a press release.That, Foxglove argues, makes YouTube's actions against the law: We think its unlawful because YouTube processes the data of every child who uses the service—including kids under 13.

Youtube Faces UK Lawsuit Over Alleged Child Data Exploitation of Kids Under 13

Youtube Faces UK Lawsuit Over Alleged Child Data Exploitation of Kids Under 13

About five million British kids under 13 years old were allegedly exploited on Youtube, as per the class-action lawsuit filed against the video-sharing platform.McCann claims on the filing that Youtube allegedly breaches the privacy rights and data of their children users in the country.

YouTube faces legal battle over British children's privacy

YouTube faces legal battle over British children's privacy

Image copyright Getty Images YouTube is facing a legal battle for allegedly breaching the privacy and data rights of under-13s in the UK.A claim lodged with the High Court against parent company Google accuses the firm of collecting children's data without parental consent.

Google's Verified Calls lets you know why a business is calling before you answer

Google's Verified Calls lets you know why a business is calling before you answer

Google Google on Tuesday said it's rolling out a new Verified Calls feature in its Phone app for Android devices in an effort to separate calls you actually want to answer from spam and robocalls.

Apple, Google, Dropbox Face Italy Antitrust Probes Over Cloud Computing Services

Apple, Google, Dropbox Face Italy Antitrust Probes Over Cloud Computing Services

The Italian competition body said it is looking into allegations that the companies failed to show how their services collect and use consumer data for commercial purposes.

NSA mass surveillance program was illegal – 2nd court ruling

NSA mass surveillance program was illegal – 2nd court ruling

A federal appeals court in New York ruled on Thursday that the once-secret National Security Agency program that is systematically collecting Americans’ phone records in bulk is illegal […] The court, in a unanimous ruling written by Judge Gerard E.