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Judge Accepts $22.5M Google Fine In Privacy Case

November 16th, 2012 11:30 admin View Comments

Google

itwbennett writes “Judge Susan Illston has said she will approve a $22.5 million settlement deal between Google and the FTC over the company’s practice of circumventing privacy protections in Apple’s Safari browser to place tracking cookies on user’s computers. Judge Illston also expressed concern about what will happen to the tracking data Google collected, since the settlement doesn’t call for Google to destroy the data.”

Source: Judge Accepts $22.5M Google Fine In Privacy Case

The Average Consumer Thinks Data Privacy Is Worth Around 65 Cents

March 14th, 2012 03:00 admin View Comments

Privacy

chicksdaddy writes “Threatpost is reporting today on the findings of an ENISA study that looked at whether consumers would pay more for goods in exchange for more privacy. The answer — ‘Sure…just not much more.’ The report (PDF): ‘Study on Monetising Privacy: An Economic Model for Pricing Personal Information’ presents the findings of a laboratory study in which consumers were asked to buy identical goods from two online vendors: one that collected minimal customer information and another that required the customer to surrender more of their personal information to purchase the item, including phone number and a government ID number. The laboratory experiment showed that the majority of consumers value privacy protections. When the prices of the goods offered by both the privacy protecting and the privacy violating online retailers were equal, shoppers much preferred the privacy protecting vendor. But the preference for more privacy wasn’t very strong, and didn’t come close to equaling consumers’ preference for lower prices. In fact, consumers readily switched to a more privacy-invasive provider if that provider charged a lower price for the same goods. How much lower? Not much, researchers discovered. A discount of just E0.50 ($.065) was enough to sway consumers away from a vendor who would protect the privacy of their personal data.”

Source: The Average Consumer Thinks Data Privacy Is Worth Around 65 Cents

The Average Consumer Thinks Data Privacy Is Worth Around 65 Cents

March 14th, 2012 03:00 admin View Comments

Privacy

chicksdaddy writes “Threatpost is reporting today on the findings of an ENISA study that looked at whether consumers would pay more for goods in exchange for more privacy. The answer — ‘Sure…just not much more.’ The report (PDF): ‘Study on Monetising Privacy: An Economic Model for Pricing Personal Information’ presents the findings of a laboratory study in which consumers were asked to buy identical goods from two online vendors: one that collected minimal customer information and another that required the customer to surrender more of their personal information to purchase the item, including phone number and a government ID number. The laboratory experiment showed that the majority of consumers value privacy protections. When the prices of the goods offered by both the privacy protecting and the privacy violating online retailers were equal, shoppers much preferred the privacy protecting vendor. But the preference for more privacy wasn’t very strong, and didn’t come close to equaling consumers’ preference for lower prices. In fact, consumers readily switched to a more privacy-invasive provider if that provider charged a lower price for the same goods. How much lower? Not much, researchers discovered. A discount of just E0.50 ($.065) was enough to sway consumers away from a vendor who would protect the privacy of their personal data.”

Source: The Average Consumer Thinks Data Privacy Is Worth Around 65 Cents

Google: IE Privacy Policy Is Impractical

February 21st, 2012 02:12 admin View Comments

Google

itwbennett writes “In response to Microsoft’s claim that Google circumvented Internet Explorer privacy protections (following the discovery that Google also worked around Safari’s privacy settings), Google on Monday said that IE’s privacy protection, called P3P, is impractical to comply with.”

Source: Google: IE Privacy Policy Is Impractical

Obama Calls For New Privacy Bill of Rights

March 16th, 2011 03:34 admin View Comments

Privacy

CWmike writes “The Obama Administration is backing a new data privacy bill of rights aimed at protecting consumers against indiscriminate online tracking and data collection by advertisers. I recent times, high-profile examples of a need for improving privacy laws include Facebook’s personal data collection practices and Google’s problems over its Street View Wi-Fi snooping issue. In testimony prepared for the Senate Committee on Commerce Science and Transportation, the Commerce Department’s assistant secretary, Lawrence Strickling, said that the White House wants Congress to enact legislation offering ‘baseline consumer data privacy protections.’ Strickling said the administration’s call for new online privacy protections stems from recommendations made by the Commerce Department in a paper released in December. The administration’s support for privacy protections is very significant, said Joel Reidenberg, a professor at Fordham Law School who specializes in privacy issues. ‘This is the first time since 1974 that the U.S. government has supported mandatory general privacy rules,’ Reidenberg said.”

Source: Obama Calls For New Privacy Bill of Rights

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