FTC Will Invest for Favoring Google+ in Search Plus Your World from lead74box's blog

The big happy news came when the White House issued a statement on We the People petition site, coming out against SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act). "While we believe that online piracy by foreign websites is a serious problem that requires a serious legislative response, we will not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet. ... Any effort to combat online piracy must guard against the risk of online censorship of lawful activity and must not inhibit innovation by our dynamic businesses large and small. ... We must avoid creating new cybersecurity risks or disrupting the underlying architecture of the Internet. Proposed laws must not tamper with the technical architecture of the Internet through manipulation of the Domain Name System (DNS), a foundation of Internet security."

While it's not quite 'ding dong the wicked witch is dead,' it's certainly worth celebrating. Dan Kaminsky (@dakami) one of the 'geeks' that testified about SOPA blacklisting implications, tweeted, "Smith and Leahy backing off on DNS, White House coming on board...all I can say is... http://imgur.com/UMw6o."

Meanwhile, the 'Your World' search changes Google launched last week seem to have put Google back in the crosshairs of the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC previously placed Google and Facebook under a 20 year privacy watch, as if sending a loud warning that the FTC will go after companies who do a poor job on privacy or security issues.

After the Google Buzz fiasco, the FTC concluded that Google "used deceptive tactics and violated its own privacy promises to consumers" when it launched Buzz and then required Google to implement a "comprehensive privacy program" with privacy audits for the next 20 years. That settlement prohibits Google from "future privacy misrepresentations and requires it to obtain the affirmation consent of users prior to' new or additional sharing' of personal information." So last week, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) sent a letter [PDF] asking the FTC to investigate Google over the changes Google made as a result of Search plus Your World. "EPIC cited Google's decision to include personal data, such as photos, posts, and contact details, gathered from Google+ in Google Search results."


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