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Lawmakers want FTC investigation of Google

US House of Representatives joins Safari hunt
Mon Feb 20 2012, 09:50

THREE CONGRESS CRITTERS in the US House of Representatives have written to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), asking it to investigate Google and how it was tracking Safari users.

A letter, which has been posted to the internet and sent to the FTC (PDF), comes from three members of the House who form a bi-partisan privacy group, Republican Representatives Cliff Stearns of Florida and Joe Barton of Texas, and Democrat Edward Markey of Massachusetts.

It is sent to Jon Leibowitz, the chairman of the FTC, and follows the Wall Street Journal report that exposed the tracking bug, if you listen to Google, or serious issue, if you listen to anyone else.

It asks whether the FTC is looking at the issue, reminding it that it and Google have signed an agreement that should prevent this sort of thing from happening.

"As members of the Congressional Bi-Partisan Privacy Caucus, we are interested in any actions that FTC has taken or plans to take to investigate whether Google has violated the terms of its consent agreement," they write.

In December Senator Herb Kohl, a Wisconsin Democrat, and Senator Mike Lee, a Utah Republican, wrote a earlier letter to the FTC about Google's decision to alter its privacy policy.

"While we take no position on the ultimate legality of Google's practices under the antitrust laws and the FTC Act, we believe these concerns warrant a thorough investigation by the FTC," they said. µ

 

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