Google stymies media companies from chipping away at its data dominance

OAKLAND, Calif. – Alphabet Inc’s Google upended plans by European media companies to block it from harvesting data about their readers and slash some of its dominance in online advertising, seven people involved in the talks said this month. Publishers had expected to use data privacy measures going into effect Aug. 15 to bar Google from storing insights about readers, sapping the data advantage that has enabled it to dominate a market filled with advertisers…

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Google removes misleading ads in voting-related searches

– Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Monday that it had removed search ads that charged users searching for voting information large fees for voter registration or harvested their personal data. A Google spokeswoman told that the company’s misrepresentation policy barred such ads, which were found by the nonprofit watchdog Tech Transparency Project when searching for terms such as “register to vote,” “vote by mail,” and “where is my polling place.” Tech Transparency Project said in…

"Google removes misleading ads in voting-related searches"

New Google default wipes users’ location, web history after 18 months

OAKLAND, Calif. – Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Wednesday it will automatically delete some location history after 18 months for new users and make it easier for everyone to access its search, Maps and YouTube apps without being tracked. The updates to Google’s privacy controls arrive as the world’s largest search engine faces heightened scrutiny on its data collection practices. New privacy laws in California and Europe have prompted internet companies to adjust practices over…

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Justice Dept, state AGs to meet Friday on Google antitrust probe: source

WASHINGTON – U.S. Justice Department officials and some state attorneys general are set to meet on Friday to discuss ongoing antitrust probes into Alphabet Inc’s Google unit, a person briefed on the matter said. The federal government and nearly all state attorneys general have opened investigations into allegations that Google has broken antitrust laws. The federal probe focuses on search bias, advertising and management of Google’s Android operating system.

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Google faces employee petition to end tech sales to police

OAKLAND, Calif. – More than 1,600 workers at Alphabet Inc are petitioning its Google unit to stop selling email and other services to police departments, a source familiar with the matter said on Monday. The workers in a petition seen by expressed disappointment with Google not joining the “millions who want to defang and defund” police departments. Civil rights activists across the United States for years have called for scaling back traditional policing, and the…

"Google faces employee petition to end tech sales to police"

Google sets 2025 goal for leadership diversity, curbs on racial profiling

SAN FRANCISCO – Alphabet Inc’s Google on Wednesday announced new goals and policies to address racial issues at its offices, as protests over police brutality against African Americans have carried into discussions about corporate culture. Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai said that by 2025, the company will try to increase by 30% the number of people from underrepresented groups in its leadership. Google now will externally post job openings for senior positions to attract more…

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Google to ban targeting housing ads based on gender, age

OAKLAND, Calif. – Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Thursday it was tackling unlawful discrimination by barring housing, employment and credit ads from being targeted to users based on their postal code, gender, age, parental status or marital status. The new policy, which will go into effect by the end of the year, comes more than a year after the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) sued Facebook Inc for selling discriminatory housing ads…

"Google to ban targeting housing ads based on gender, age"

Google takes down Indian app that removed Chinese ones -spokesman

NEW DELHI – Alphabet Inc’s Google has taken down an Indian mobile application from its app store that allowed users to remove other Chinese apps from their phones as it violated certain company policies, a spokesman said on Wednesday. The app, “Remove China Apps”, had become top trending free app on Google’s mobile app store in India with more than five million downloads since late May. Its popularity rose amid calls for a boycott of…

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Google faces $5 billion lawsuit in U.S. for tracking ‘private’ internet use

– Google was sued on Tuesday in a proposed class action accusing the internet search company of illegally invading the privacy of millions of users by pervasively tracking their internet use through browsers set in “private” mode. The lawsuit seeks at least $5 billion, accusing the Alphabet Inc unit of surreptitiously collecting information about what people view online and where they browse, despite their using what Google calls Incognito mode. According to the complaint filed…

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U.S. state of Arizona files consumer fraud lawsuit against Google

– Arizona filed a consumer fraud lawsuit against Alphabet Inc’s Google on Wednesday, alleging that the company used “deceptive” and “unfair” practices to obtain the location data of users. “Google collects detailed information about its users, including their physical locations, to target users for advertising. Often, this is done without the users’ consent or knowledge,” Attorney General Mark Brnovich said in a tweet on Wednesday. Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment…

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