Jon Leibowitz’ Legacy at the FTC: Irrelevance in the Digital Age?

By: Friday November 30, 2012 2:03 pm

It’s expected that Liebowitz will leave the FTC by the end of the year, and he’d like to wrap up the Google antitrust case before he does. But if he decides that his swan song will be another softball settlement for Google, his legacy at the FTC would likely be the agency’s irrelevance in the digital age.

FTC Commissioner J. Thomas Rosch: FTC Commissioners Never Intended for Google to Retain Hacked Safari Data

By: Tuesday November 20, 2012 1:01 pm

It’s extremely disconcerting that Google is going to be allowed to retain data it obtains illegally as part of the settlement. But it’s even more troublesome to see how easily Google can manipulate the only watchdog they really have. If the FTC’s lawyers are reflecting what Google wants, rather than its own commissioners, it doesn’t bode well for the upcoming antitrust settlement.

Judge Questions Proposed Google-FTC Settlement

By: Friday November 16, 2012 7:18 pm

Judge Susan Illston said in court today that she had questions about provisions of the proposed FTC settlement with Google which allow them to retain and profit from the data they collected by hacking Apple’s Safari browser. In 2011 Google was caught circumventing privacy protections in order to place tracking cookies on the computers of up to 190 million Safari users worldwide, contrary to what they claimed in their privacy policy.

Is the Softball Safari Settlement a Preview of the FTC’s Google Antitrust Case? An Interview with Gary Reback

By: Thursday November 15, 2012 4:15 pm

I had the opportunity to speak with Silicon Valley antitrust lawyer Gary Reback yesterday, who filed the amicus brief on behalf of Consumer Watchdog opposing the proposed settlement between Google and the FTC over the Safari hack. He will be in court tomorrow presenting arguments before U.S. District Court Judge Susan Illston.

David vs. Goliath: Consumer Watchdog Gets Their Day in Court With Google

By: Tuesday November 13, 2012 1:35 pm

Consumer Watchdog will get their day in court as they oppose the proposed settlement between Google and the FTC over the Safari browser hack, wherein Google allegedly violated the consent decree they signed with the FTC in the “Google Buzz” case.

Consumer Watchdog’s Jamie Court Accuses Anti-Privacy Business Blogger of Being Google Shill on CNBC

By: Friday August 24, 2012 12:29 pm

Now that Google has admitted in court documents that it has paid “so many commentators it’s impossible to list them all,” it looks like everyone’s a suspect. On CNBC, Consumer Watchdog’s Jamie Court suggested Business Insider’s Nicholas Carlson might be on the Google dole when the latter ripped into a bizarre screed about how consumers [...]

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