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BUSINESS
June 4, 2008 | Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writer
Google Inc. and privacy advocates are in a fight over valuable real estate: google.com. Several top consumer groups wrote an open letter to the Web search leader Tuesday, accusing it of violating a California law by failing to link to its privacy policy from google.com. Google's response: "We share the view that privacy information should be easy to find, and we believe our privacy policy is readily accessible to our users."
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HOME & GARDEN
December 9, 2004 | Steven Barrie-Anthony
Wouldn't it be nice if somebody would do your holiday shopping for you? That's the idea behind My Personal Shopper (www.personalshopper.com), a new computer program that does just that. Download and install the free software, fill out a form for each gift recipient -- name, birthday and what kind of gifts he or she likes (say, favorite authors or clothing designers). Enter your budget, and the program scours the Web and returns the best deals to your desktop.
BUSINESS
May 31, 2001 | Associated Press
Amazon.com Inc. and its Alexa Internet unit probably deceived consumers when its Internet software secretly passed on personal information to the company, the Federal Trade Commission said. But the FTC said it will not take any action against the online bookseller because one of the software programs in question--the comparison shopping service ZBubbles--no longer is operational and Alexa has changed its stated privacy policy.
BUSINESS
July 12, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Bank of America Corp. agreed to pay $14 million to resolve claims that it improperly disclosed customer information to marketers and third parties without permission. The bank will pay $10.75 million to 35 million checking and savings customers nationwide and to credit card customers in California and $3.25 million to finance privacy projects, said Shirley Norton, a spokeswoman for the bank. BofA did not admit wrongdoing in the accord.
BUSINESS
September 12, 2007 | DAVID LAZARUS
The all-you-can-eat packages of voice, video and Internet services offered by phone and cable companies may be convenient, but they represent a potentially significant threat to people's privacy. Take, for example, Time Warner Cable, which has about 2 million customers in Southern California. The company offers a voice-video-Net package called "All the Best" for $89.85 for the first 12 months.
BUSINESS
February 12, 2012 | By James Rainey
Traditional media outlets “have had little success” getting advertisers to move from their legacy businesses to their online news sites and relatively few of the ads they create for the Web are targeted to customers based on their interests, according to a new study by the Project for Excellence in Journalism. The struggle of traditional news organizations to adapt to the online world “throws into question the financial future of journalism as audiences continue to migrate online,” according to the group, an arm of the Pew Research Center.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 2000
William Kennard, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, believes there are "powerful market incentives" for online companies to develop strong policies on Internet privacy. That would seem logical, considering the obvious concerns of Web companies' customers about online privacy. Yet, perversely, self-regulation has been a huge disappointment.
BUSINESS
October 17, 2013 | By Shan Li
Fewer people are living in middle class neighborhoods in America as people increasingly dwell in areas segregated by income extremes. American families are moving to areas that are focused more exclusively on either the wealthy or the poor, a trend that could exacerbate the growing income divide, according to a study by professors at Cornell University and Stanford University. The study called this trend "income segregation. " MOST DANGEROUS JOBS: 10 professions with the highest fatalities in America Compared with 1970, when 65% of American families lived in middle income areas, only about 42% of families lived in those areas in 2009, the study concluded.
BUSINESS
November 21, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Facebook has proposed taking away users' ability to vote on certain privacy policy changes and restructuring the social network's governance process. Currently, the Menlo Park-based social network allows users to vote if a proposed change to the policy receives more than 7,000 comments. Once a vote is triggered, if more than 30% of Facebook members participate, the results of the balloting stand. In a post Wednesday, Facebook said the current system has become outdated because with 1 billion members, getting 7,000 comments is easy, but getting 300 million members to vote is a tough task.
BUSINESS
July 5, 2008 | Chris Gaither, Times Staff Writer
Google Inc. has made peace with privacy advocates over one of its policies, and it did so without cluttering up its famously sparse home page. The Web search giant had drawn criticism for its refusal to include a link to its privacy policy on Google.com. Some groups called that a violation of state law. The Mountain View, Calif.-based company responded that it didn't think the link was necessary because its privacy policy was "readily accessible" to those looking for it. It can be found, among other places, on its About page, which is linked to Google.
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