Google Escapes Guilty Verdict in Safari Case
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought against Google by consumers who claim the company violated privacy laws. In February 2012, researchers found that Google had bypassed the privacy settings of Apple's Safari browser and Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser in order to install cookies on PCs and smartphones. Consumers sued, saying that despite taking steps to prevent cookies from being installed on their machines, Google did so anyway and served them targeted ads. The judge overseeing the case said it was clear that Google circumvented the privacy settings of Safari and IE, but that the plaintiffs were unable to prove they had been harmed. Google was fined $22.5 million by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission last year for its transgression.
Google's Allo Messaging App Lands On the Web, Sort Of
Google today brought its assistant-backed Allo messaging application to the web. Allo on the web requires Google's Chrome browser and can only interact with Allo on Android smartphones for now (iPhone support is coming later.) Google says Allo web access requires the latest version of the mobile Allo app on your handset in order to function.
Consumers Drop Lawsuit Over Google Android Apps
Two consumers have withdrawn a lawsuit filed against Google in which they claimed the OS-maker artificially inflated smartphone prices by requiring phone manufacturers to include its apps. The class action lawsuit was filed in May 2014.
Verizon to Pay FCC $1.35M Fine Over Supercookies
Verizon will pay the FCC a fine of $1.35 million to settle claims the company's wireless business violated customer privacy. The FCC says between 2012 and 2014, Verizon Wireless did not adequately disclose to customers how it used supercookies to gather user data.
Google Launches 'My Account' Site with Privacy Controls
Google today published a new web site that people can use to manage their personal information. The My Account site offers a handful of features for checking the privacy of individual accounts and performing security checkups with step-by-step guides.
Google Wallet Lawsuit Given Green Light to Proceed
Google was unable to convince a judge to dismiss a potential class action lawsuit concerning its Google Wallet application and service. A consumer sued Google in late 2013 alleging the company violated its own privacy policies by providing third-party app developers with consumer information, including street addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses.