UK citizens are deeply concerned about data protection, a new Big Brother Watch polling shows

The findings of recent polling, commissioned by privacy campaign group Big Brother Watch and carried out by ComRes, clearly show that UK citizens harbour deep concerned about their privacy online. The polling also demonstrates that data regulation is not perceived as being strong enough to ensure Google complies with data protection laws. This is especially … read more

FTC Revelations about the Google Case

Most observers have long found the outcome of the FTC’s investigation into the Google case perplexing and disappointing, particularly given early signs that it was being pursued vigorously. Recent revelations shed more light on how and why the FTC got it so wrong. In early 2013, despite a clear recommendation to the contrary by FTC Staff, the … read more

Google Summoned to Brussels

Following a series of meetings with complainants and other third parties since the turn of the year, it is now being reported that Eric Schmidt will visit Commissioner Vestager, having been summoned to Brussels to discuss the Commission’s on-going antitrust investigation into Google. The investigation has already lasted over five years, and it is almost … read more

No smoke without fire

It has been reported that another competition regulator, Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS), has launched a probe into Google’s conduct. Yandex, Russia’s largest search engine, has filed a competition complaint to the FAS accusing Google of using Android’s dominant position to force other Google products to be pre-installed as the default setting on mobile devices. … read more

Can the egg be unscrambled?

Google’s cleverly constructed undertaking actually hides the fact that the largely cosmetic changes only apply to Google’s stated policy, not to the real practices that apply to its multitude of services.  Those practices will continue to foray into the privacy of its users.  That would not be a problem if users had genuine alternatives.  They … read more

Je Suis Charlie

The horrific chain of events in Paris last week in which members of the editorial team of French weekly satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, police officers and innocent bystanders were assassinated in cold blood shocked millions around the world as France suffered one of its darkest days in modern history. ICOMP would like to extend its … read more

Google’s Invisible Web

More than two years ago the Article 29 Working Party, on behalf of Data Protection Authorities across Europe, concluded that Google’s updated privacy policy breached European data protection laws on numerous grounds. Throughout the intervening two years, Google has continued to illegally combine users’ data. Yesterday the Dutch data protection authority became the latest European … read more

Google Still Refusing To Recognize Privacy Rights; ICO Intervenes

Earlier this week, the UK Court of Appeal heard yet another argument from Google as the company seeks to avoid liability for illegally accessing personal data by hacking the Apple Safari browser.  But the case took a new twist this week, as the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) — the body responsible for protecting the … read more

Getting a Grip on Europe’s Concerns about Google

There is a lot of confusion about what action the European Parliament and some European Member States are calling for with respect to Google’s anti-competitive behaviour in Europe.  Some clarity is called for, especially since some parties seem to be interested in stoking this up into a trade conflict. First, it is true that the … read more