Daily Caller: Can the U.S. Seize Emails from Anywhere in the World?

ACI’s writer, Zack Christenson, wrote a piece in Today’s Daily Caller that discusses the DOJ’s attempt to seize emails on foreign citizens that are stored on foreign data centers.  The blog discusses the huge economic consequences of such actions and how Congress is attempting to fix the problem.  To print and read the piece, visit […]

How DOJ Actions Could Harm U.S. Competitiveness Abroad

The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a search (and seizure) warrant to Microsoft Communications to hand over the private email communications of a suspected drug trafficker. The only problems with the request, however, is that the drug suspect happens to reside in Ireland, the emails being sought are stored on an Internet server located in […]

Your Internet Privacy vs. Their Advertising Greed

Specifics are important.  Personally identifiable Information (PII) includes; name, address, telephone number, email address, financial account number, government-issued identifier (e.g. Social Security), and anything used to identify, contact or precisely locate a person.   Sensitive consumer information overlaps with PII and includes; Government-issued identifiers, Insurance plan numbers, Financial account numbers, precise real-time geographic location of an […]

Consumers “Outraged” over Google Tracking of Internet

Washington, DC, February 17, 2012 –– In response to news reports that Google used a work around to trick the Safari browser into allowing them to track web browsing of their users, Steve Pociask, President of the American Consumer Institute, made the following statement: “Consumers are outraged at news reports today that Google used a […]


SURVEY RESULTS 1. The explosive growth in Internet is raising privacy concerns among consumers who worry about the collection and use of their personal information by some technology companies like Google, Facebook and others.  To what extend do you trust online companies with your personal information? A.    Completely trust (2%) B.     Somewhat trust (33%) C.     […]

Consumers Want Increased Online Privacy Protections, According to an American Consumer Institute Survey

A national consumer survey conducted by the American Consumer Institute finds that the majority of consumers support stronger privacy protections.  Consumers expressed concerns about the collection and use of their personal information by tech companies like Google and Facebook, with 62% not trusting these companies with their information.  Of the 800 consumers surveyed, 33% said […]

Google Violated Privacy Laws – collecting emails, passwords, Medical Information, According to Canadian Commissioner

A must read article by Juliana Gruenwald of Tech Daily Dose — “Canada Finds Google Violated Privacy Laws” — available here.  The article explains that, in its efforts to collect information on Wi-Fi spots, Google collected personal consumer information, including names, addresses, emails, passwords, usernames and telephone numbers.  The article mentions that other sensitive information was also collected from consumer […]