$22 Million for Cookies? FTC Regulators Will Require Google to Pay a Civil Penalty of $22.5 Million to Settle Charges of Safari’s Cookies Privacy Violations

FTC regulators will require Google to pay a civil penalty of $22.5 million to settle charges of Safari’s cookies privacy violations

FTC regulators will require Google to pay a civil penalty of $22.5 million to settle charges of Safari’s cookies privacy violations – Big Brother

I found this on Reuters today:

“ U.S. regulators will require Google Inc to pay a civil penalty of $22.5 million to settle charges that it bypassed the privacy settings of customers using Apple Inc’s Safari browser, two people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

Members of the Federal Trade Commission voted to approve a consent decree that will allow Google to settle the agency’s investigation but admit no liability, said one of the sources, who was not authorized to speak on the record.”

It is expected, that in a few days some kind of official announcement will be released – after their lawyers, advisers, negotiators and marketing people review and approve it for distribution.

FTC regulators will require Google to pay a civil penalty of $22.5 million to settle charges of Safari’s cookies privacy violations

FTC regulators will require Google to pay a civil penalty of $22.5 million to settle charges of Safari’s cookies privacy violations – A sign.

HEAVY WEIGHT

$22 Million is a big fine. It certainly grabbed my eye, and so thought I would put it up here.

The whole things was started by allegations that Google set the sites “cookies” to trick Apple’s Safari browser so Google could monitor users who had blocked such tracking. The Safari browser can be set by the user to block sites ability to track the users browsing habits and patterns.

Ah Google, the new new evil technology company (Microsoft is the old new evil technology company and IBM is the original evil technology company).

Yes Google has been, lurking in the shadows, waiting to violate it’s customers… Well, Google said that the tracking was inadvertent – just a tiny mistake – and that it collected no personal information like names, addresses or credit card data. Just trivial info like how the users browse their site, and what they are looking for on it.

FTC regulators will require Google to pay a civil penalty of $22.5 million to settle charges of Safari’s cookies privacy violations

FTC regulators will require Google to pay a civil penalty of $22.5 million to settle charges of Safari’s cookies privacy violations – Evil Meter

TIME FOR A PROBE

The problem is that this tracking was done despite public announcements that Safari could be set to protect users’ privacy and it was this aspect that prompted an FTC probe into whether Google violated a consent decree it signed last year. That decree said that Google would not misrepresent its privacy policies, which this cookie code actually does. Opps.

To make matters worse, Google also faces potential sanctions from other governments around the planet, and it is being investigated by the European Union to determine if the company complies with Europe’s stricter privacy laws.

In addition to those probes, the worlds most used search engine provider (Google) is also the subject of a big antitrust investigation by the FTC and European regulators over accusations that it manipulated it’s own search results to favor its own products. No, that’s not evil.

OK, for a company that has tens of $billions in the bank, $22 million is not that much. The question is weather Google will lose some of it’s customers trust, and that could hurt the bottom line later in the future.

Ah, the future… I wonder who will be the new new new evil technology company…

FTC regulators will require Google to pay a civil penalty of $22.5 million to settle charges of Safari’s cookies privacy violations

FTC regulators will require Google to pay a civil penalty of $22.5 million to settle charges of Safari’s cookies privacy violations – Google 2084

FTC regulators will require Google to pay a civil penalty of $22.5 million to settle charges of Safari’s cookies privacy violations

FTC regulators will require Google to pay a civil penalty of $22.5 million to settle charges of Safari’s cookies privacy violations – Google B’s

FTC regulators will require Google to pay a civil penalty of $22.5 million to settle charges of Safari’s cookies privacy violations

FTC regulators will require Google to pay a civil penalty of $22.5 million to settle charges of Safari’s cookies privacy violations – Doctor Evils

 

 

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Cyberdefender releases their EDC 3.0 Cyberdefender AntiVirus Software with earlyNETWORK technology that offers customers Zero Day Gap updates.

Cyberdefender EDC 3.0 AntiVirus Software with earlyNETWORK technology

Cyberdefender EDC 3.0 AntiVirus Software with earlyNETWORK technology

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About a year ago, I bought Cyberdefender Antivirus software, and even wrote some posts about some of the viruses that it deals with in their EDC 2.0 version.

Recently, I got an email about their new EDC 3.0 version, and I decided to revisit the Cyberdefender EDC antivirus software and Cyberdefender as a company.

What is EDC?

The new Cyberdefender antivirus software is called EDC which stands for Early Detection Center – and is the basic protection technology that Cyberdefender uses to stop all types of Malware. Malware is any type of programs that do malicious things to your computer, such as viruses, trojans, spyware, cookies, rogueware and other nasty things. Antivirus software is focused on viruses, but like Cyberdefender, antivirus now really means antimalware.

The EDC technology is simple, but effective – it takes every new file and runs it through two distinct scanning engines.

In addition to this, the EDC incorporates Cyberdefenders earlyNETWORK, which uses the power of the Cyberdefender EDC community through a proprietary peer-to-peer relay network protecting users against Internet threats faster than most competing technologies.

When one Cyberdefender customer’s computer gets attacked by a new virus, it contacts the EDC Cyberdefender malware team. The team then quickly develops what is known as the malware signature – which is the filter that the Cyberdefender EDC software uses to detect the virus. This signature is then quickly pushed out to all Cyberdefender customers through the earlyNETWORK.

Captures 10x the Previous Number of Threats

In tests, the company’s Peer-to-Peer network, which has no equal in the PC security marketplace, is showing a capture rate of 10 times the number of phishing attacks against home PCs over its previous version, as well as increased malware search capabilities.

CyberDefender EDC 3.0’s earlyNETWORK system collects threat information from the company’s more than five million active users, instantly sending all suspicious data to be tested. The information is evaluated by a sophisticated, automated system, reinforced by manual review, and elevated for even further research, if the data does not pass inspection. Mitigating pattern files are then distributed back to users through P2P and cloud computing server downloads, creating the fastest malware protection on the market for home and small business PC users.

The new Cyberdefender EDC 3.0 is able to issue signatures (or malware signatures) are issued as soon as 30 seconds or less, as opposed to several hours or often days for other competitive Internet security systems.

“CyberDefender offers consumers a unique advantage — what we call the ‘Zero Day Gap’ — the combination of both early threat detection and rapid updates,” says Brian Yoder, VP engineering, CyberDefender. “We do this by constantly adding multi-source data feeds, targeted crawls of suspicious websites, user feedback, cloud computing infrastructure and real-time monitoring of the web. The result is that we offer the fastest response and broadest protection to our users.”

Cyberdefender’s Early Detection Center with earlyNETWORK, provides one of the most effective malware protection technologies available.

For more details, check out:

http://cyberdefender.com/antivirus-technology/tech-overview.html

Who is Cyberdefender?

As I was doing some research for this article, I decided to take a closer look at Cyberdefender. They just released their version of 3.0, and I thought I would look at how it is improved, and the Googleizer brought me to several hardcore computer sites. I started reading and I was surprised by some of the negative comments and other ‘information’ about cyberdefender and it’s other products. These comments didn’t match up with my experience, so I did some research and decided to post it on here on my blog.

OK, now some facts.

First, who is Cyberdefender?

Cyberdefender is an American NASDAQ company (CYDE)

Corporate site:

http://www.Cyberdefendercorp.com

Software site:

http://Cyberdefender.com

CYDE makes antivirus software called Cyberdefender, and sell it by using a free trial, with an upgrade to repair any issues it may find. This is now a typical format for selling software today.

The company has a BBB rating of B+

http://los-angeles.bbb.org/Business-Report/Cyberdefender-13196224

They claim about 10 million users.

They are West Coast Labs Checkmark certified and tested:

http://www.westcoastlabs.com/checkmark/productList/?vendorID=123

http://www.cyberdefendercorp.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=495235

They have a phone number you can call them at if you have any questions:

(866) 793-0453

They have a 225 person call center in Los Angeles:

http://www.cyberdefendercorp.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=498727

They have several Vice Presidents from Symantec:

http://www.cyberdefendercorp.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=486063

This includes one of Symantec’s people who developed Norton.

They also have a Registry Cleaner product, which they sell under the following sites:

http://www.Antispywarefordummies.com
http://www.Doublemyspeed.com
http://www.Maxmyspeed.com
http://www.Mycleanpc.com

They don’t hide this, and it seems to be the way they market on TV.

They drive people to the sites with TV and radio, and people download the free trail and it usually it finds some kinds of security issues, since it will even recognize cookies as a security threat. I can not find any proof that the software actually finds false positives. I did install it on a ‘fresh’ computer and it found 7 threats, which were all browser cookies. No false positives that I could find.

This video backs up that it only finds valid malware with no ‘false positive’:

When you buy the Cyberdefender antivirus software or registry cleaner, they try to sell you other services as well. This is normal for many companies. A good example is amazon.com for products or godaddy.com for domains.

Both Cyberdefender software programs are designed and developed for non-technical computer users. One of the most appealing features is that of their 24/7 computer help line, which can be a very secure thing for a non-technical user to have, and probably sell a lot of services through that service.

There is nothing here that is bad or evil, but most technical computer users will probably think this is not something worth much, and that is probably why they think it is a scam. The fact is that it is not a scam, but it is really only of value to non-technical users – which is who they are marketing to.

If you have any qiestions, just call them at (866) 793-0453 or visit Cyberdefender.com

Cyberdefender EDC 3.0 AntiVirus Software with earlyNETWORK technology

Cyberdefender EDC 3.0 AntiVirus Software with earlyNETWORK technology

Note: I did not recieve compensation for this article.

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