Postscript, February 17: The CBC article cited below has reworded its article and now says the Canadian government is “reviewing” rather than “investigating” Buzz. A semantic distinction, perhaps, but there’s apparently no formal government investigation happening in Canada at the moment, so we’ve updated our headline, too. We’ve also received a statement from Google on this, and that’s appended at the end of this article. ————– After a “challenging” first week for Google Buzz, week number two has begun with still more concerns over privacy, not to mention a government investigation in Canada and the potential for one in the U.S., too. CBC News is reporting that Canada’s Office of the Privacy Commissioner has opened an investigation into Google Buzz: Valerie Lawton, a spokesperson for the office, said on Tuesday that Buzz is being investigated to see whether it violates Canadian privacy … [Read more...] about Canadian Government Reviewing Google Buzz; U.S. Govt. Next?
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It seems not a week goes by without news of a new investigation into Google’sStreet View service, or into Google’s collection of personal data via unencryptedWiFi networks that occurred over three years as Street View vehicles drove theworld’s streets. It seems like one country opens an investigation just as anothercountry ends theirs. Some countries have multiple investigations open. Or closed. You need a scorecard to keep track of it all. So, we decided to make one. Belowis a list of investigations that we’re aware of — a list we’ll update as newdevelopments warrant or as we learn about new information we’ve missed. Thereare two different types of investigations that are most commonly launched: investigations into Street View itself, the service where Google vehiclestake photos in towns and cities around the world and put them online in GoogleMaps investigations into Google’s collection of personal data over unsecuredWiFi networks … [Read more...] about The Street View & Wifi Scorecard
Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web. DuckDuckGo’s New Video Targets Google’s “Filter Bubble” Of Personalized Results DuckDuckGo’s ongoing mission to challenge Google (and other search engines, but mainly Google) on privacy issues has taken another turn with the recent launch of a video that accuses Google of putting searchers in a “bubble” of personalized results. The video hits on a few of DuckDuckGo’s consistent talking points in its ongoing battle to […] DuckDuckGo Adds Zero-Click Info From Zanran DuckDuckGo has added new “zero click” information from Zanran to its search results, giving users quicker access to some of the deeper web content that Zanran offers. You may remember Zanran from my profile last year, Zanran: New Search Engine That Unearths Data In Charts, Graphs & Tables — it’s essentially a search engine for … [Read more...] about The Day In Search, October 15, 2012
Matt Cutts: “Stick A Fork In It, Guest Blogging Is Done” Google and Matt Cutts, in particular, has made a number of statements about guest blogging over the past year as the tactic has grown as a link building tactic. None of those statements are as clear as the one Cutts wrote today on his personal blog. Cutts, the head of Google’s webspam team, says that […] Expedia Lost 25% Of Their Search Visibility In Google Possibly Over Unnatural Links The major travel website, Expedia, seems to have lost 25% of their search visibility in Google according to Search Metrics. It appears that drop was due to an unnatural link penalty, where Nenad called out Expedia over a month ago for possible paid links on article sites. Expedia.com’s Google Traffic Decline: Patrick Altoft noticed a […] Google Remarketing Ads Found To Violate Canadian Privacy Law; To Revamp Ad Review System By June Google has agreed to several concessions after an investigation by … [Read more...] about The Day In Search, January 20, 2014
Google’s Peter Barron (far left) and fellow panelists at Web Summit in Dublin, Ireland. Although there was little guidance on how to handle “Right To Be Forgotten” (RTBF) requests, Google’s PR Chief in Europe says the company acted quickly to process those requests and remove some URLs out of a fear of being sued. Peter Barron, the head of Google’s European communications, told a packed session today at the Web Summit in Ireland that the company would’ve liked more guidance from the European Court of Justice on how to handle the thousands of requests it started receiving soon after the ruling was announced in May. “The terms of the ruling were vague,” he said. “There wasn’t guidance as to how we should implement it. But we respected the court’s ruling and decided to follow it. Should we have waited for official guidance? We’ve had 160,000 requests, so our feeling was that we could’ve opened ourself up to … [Read more...] about We Acted Quickly On Right To Be Forgotten Requests To Avoid Litigation