Mozilla Firefox launches Collusion, new add-on that enables users to see who is tracking them

The hunters are now the hunted on the Internet. Mozilla Firefox has launched a new add-on that will enable users to see in real time which advertisers are tracking their movements on the web. The move seems to be a direct response to Google's controversial, new privacy policy in which it will be easier for the Internet's most powerful company to track users for the purpose of serving up personalized ads. "Not all tracking is bad," Mozilla writes on its website. "Many services rely on user data to provide relevant content and enhance your online experience. But most tracking happens without users' consent and without their knowledge. That's not okay." The add-on, called Collusion, doesn't stop sites from tracking users. But it shows an interactive diagram detailing how website visits are tracked by advertising and analytics companies. Gary Kovacs, CEO of Mozilla, unveiled Collusion last week at the Technology Entertainment and Design Conference in Long Beach, Calif. According to Wired, Kovacs said the end goal is to eventually launch the add-on on a bigger scale, allowing users to share their information to a database to allow researchers to analyze who's watching whom -and to find better ways to avoid it. "The memory of the Internet is forever," said Kovacs. "We are being watched. It's now time for us to watch the watchers." Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Devin Nunes: No credible evidence of Russia-Trump collusion

VISALIA, Calif. — House Select Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes said Wednesday he still believes there isn’t sufficient evidence to link Russia to Donald Trump’s election win.“As of right now we have no credible evidence that there was any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government and if we found that I would run it over to the Department of Justice and ask for prosecution as soon as that happened,” Nunes said in an exclusive interview with Visalia Times-Delta. “Being that it’s been six or seven months now since the claims have been made by the party that lost the election, my guess is it doesn’t exist.”Nunes also ridiculed an Los Angeles Times report about a supposedly leaked video that included comments he made at an April fundraiser. In that appearance, Nunes told attendees that congressional investigations into Russia's interference in the election are efforts by Democrats trying to justify Hillary Clinton's loss to Trump. Nunes called the Times report “fake news” and suggested the video was seen around the world before the Times got it.“That was not a leaked video. It was being broadcast all over the world,” he said. “For any publication to even pretend they got some secret video is the definition of fake news … and lazy reporting.”Nunes appeared at that Tulare County fundraiser shortly after stepping aside from the Russia investigation. College students who attended the dinner streamed his speech live on social media, he told the Visalia Times-Delta. Related:While he has recused himself from the Russia investigation, Nunes insisted he had warned the nation’s leaders about Russia long before Donald Trump won the presidency in November.“I’ve been very clear, my story is always the same,” he said. “I’m the one who warned people about Continue Reading

Wisniewski on Christie’s claim of collusion between NJ, national Dems: ‘utter nonsense’

A Democratic lawmaker says two reviews of his emails show no proof exists to support Gov. Chris Christie’s charge that the Democratic National Committee coordinated with legislators in their investigation into the George Washington Bridge lane closures.On Tuesday, Christie called on Assemblyman John Wisniewski, D-Middlesex, and Sen. Loretta Weinberg, D-Bergen, to release their email correspondence with the committee since 2014. EARLIER: Christie calls for Weinberg, Wisniewski to turn over DNC emailsWisniewski first called it “utter nonsense” for Christie to demand that he release his emails.On Thursday, Wisniewski’s office announced that it had the his email account searched. RELATED: Chris Christie AG pick pressed on Bridgegate legal billsA review by the Office of Legislative for “any communication” between the committee and Wisniewski from September 2013, when the lane closures took effect, to December 2015 “found none,” chief of staff Timothy O’Donovan said.“Assemblyman Wisniewski also asked his computer services firm to conduct the same search of his personal emails. As the Assemblyman had previously stated, having served as a member of the Democratic National Committee from 2008 until last week, he has had numerous email communications with the DNC during the period in question. A review of the substance of those emails, however, found none relevant to the conduct of the legislative investigation into the closing of traffic lanes at the George Washington Bridge.”Christie’s charge of collusion with the committee came after the media organization Wikileaks released nearly 20,000 emails showing that the Democratic committee acted in favor of Hillary Clinton and against her primary opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Included in the email release was correspondence between Weinberg and a committee staffer on a press release critical of Christie. EARLIER: NJ taxpayers Continue Reading

BMW offices get ‘inspection’ in collusion probe

Frankfurt, Germany — BMW said Friday that European Commission staff conducted an “inspection” at company offices in Munich earlier this week in connection with news media allegations that German carmakers colluded on technology including diesel emission controls.BMW said it was assisting the European Union’s executive arm in its work and that the inspection did not mean a formal antitrust investigation had been opened.Der Spiegel magazine has reported that German car companies cooperated on issues including limiting the size of tanks holding fluid intended to reduce diesel emissions. The issue is getting attention because testing has shown that many diesel cars exceed pollution test standards in everyday driving.BMW says its cars’ exhaust emissions were never manipulated and that it has complied with all legal requirements.The Commission said in a statement that it had conducted an “unannounced inspection” at a German automaker. Both the Commission and BMW statement avoided use of the word “search.” The EU has said it is evaluating the media reports about collusion as a preliminary step to the possible opening of a full-fledged anti-trust probe.The Commission said the inspection, which took place Monday, was “related to commission concerns that several German car manufacturers may have violated EU antitrust rules that prohibit cartels and restrictive business practices.” Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Continue Reading

Denying Russia collusion, Trump calls campaign aide George Papadopoulos a ‘liar’ and ‘low level volunteer’

WASHINGTON – President Trump on Tuesday called George Papadopoulos – his campaign foreign policy adviser who pleaded guilty to lying about his Russian contacts to FBI agents – a “young, low level volunteer” and a “liar." As part of Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election, Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to making false statements and “material omissions” to the FBI about several communications he had with allies of the Russian government, including a professor who offered him "dirt" on Trump’s election opponent, Hillary Clinton.Additional charges were filed Monday against two major players in Trump’s campaign: former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business associate Rick Gates, who also worked on Trump's campaign. More: Mueller's bombshell: Special counsel charges Manafort, Gates and reveals aide's Russia contacts More: Ex-Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos pleads guilty to lying to FBI about Russian contacts In an early morning tweet, Trump blasted the idea that there was any coordination with Russia, saying "the Fake News is working overtime." He distanced himself from Papadopoulos, 30. "Few people knew the young, low level volunteer named George, who has already proven to be a liar. Check the DEMS!"The series of charges unsealed early Monday morning is a significant step in the federal investigation of Russian attempts to influence the 2016 presidential election, which Trump has previously dismissed as a “hoax” and a “witch hunt.” Yet the president pointed to Tony Podesta, a Democratic lobbyist and brother to former Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, who has become a subject of Mueller's investigation as "the biggest story yesterday."According to reports, Podesta failed to disclose lobbying activity for a Ukrainian Continue Reading

Union sniffs A-Rod contract collusion

ORLANDO, Fla. - Is there a war brewing between Bud Selig and Alex Rodriguez?The MLB Players' Association certainly seems to think so - and last night, the union declared it was ready for a fight. In a statement last night, the union said it was worried that Selig, baseball's commissioner, is trying to hold down the price of Rodriguez's next contract and that teams might be sharing information about their free-agent plans. GMs, in an innovation, each spoke at their annual meeting Tuesday about their offseason goals, and many mentioned what players they were making available. That didn't sit will with the union. "Over the past few days, press reports ... relating to the sharing of information between clubs as to their plans regarding players potentially raise serious questions concerning the fairness and integrity of the free-agent market," the union's statement read. "Such questions are amplified by reports stating that the commissioner is attempting to influence the market for at least one player." That player is likely Rodriguez. In yesterday's editions of the Daily News, a source said Selig, still furious over Rodriguez's opt-out announcment overshadowing the Red Sox winning the World Series, was "closely monitoring" A-Rod's situation. "We ... are prepared to take the appropriate action to respond to any collusive behavior," union chief Donald Fehr said. Rob Manfred, baseball's executive VP of labor relations, denied there was any improper conduct. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Jerry Jones, Robert Kraft, Bob McNair to be deposed in Kaepernick collusion grievance

Proceeding with their collusion grievance against NFL owners under the collective bargaining agreement, quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s legal team has demanded the deposition of a group of owners that includes the Dallas Cowboys’ Jerry Jones, the New England Patriots’ Robert Kraft and Houston Texans’ Bob McNair, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed.The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the ongoing dispute, said Kaepernick's team is also looking to depose Seattle’s Paul Allen and San Francisco. And Baltimore Steve Bisciotti is among a group of other owners that Kaepernick has requested discovery items from in advance of deposition. Officials from other teams also have been targeted for questioning. MORE: Colin Kaepernick files collusion grievance against NFL owners MORE: Labor lawyer: Colin Kaepernick will have to prove 'pattern' to win collusion grievance MORE: NFL, players have one easy answer for how to end protests on their own terms MORE: Donald Trump directs another angry tweet to NFL over players' protests during anthem MORE: President Trump releases petition requesting support on standing during the national anthem The owners will be asked to turn over e-mails and cell phone records. The investigation, which is moving at an expedited pace under provision of the CBA, requires an arbitration hearing.Kaepernick, who last season began kneeling during the National Anthem as a protest against police brutality and racial and social injustice, has remained unsigned since opting out of his contract with the 49ers during the spring. San Francisco general manager John Lynch, who was hired this offseason, had said that even had Kaepernick not opted out, the 49ers would have released the quarterback.Kaepernick, who led the 49ers to a Super Bowl appearance at the end of the 2011-12 season, generated some brief interest from Continue Reading

Colin Kaepernick files collusion grievance against NFL owners

After remaining largely silent while languishing as an NFL free agent for more than seven months, quarterback Colin Kaepernick filed a collusion grievance against league owners under the collective bargaining agreement Sunday."We can confirm that this morning we filed a grievance under the CBA on behalf of Colin Kaepernick. This was done only after pursuing every possible avenue with all NFL teams and their executives," Kaepernick's lawyer, Mark Geragos, said in a statement."If the NFL (as well as all professional sports leagues) is to remain a meritocracy, then principled and peaceful political protest -- which the owners themselves made great theater imitating weeks ago -- should not be punished and athletes should not be denied employment based on partisan political provocation by the Executive Branch of our goverment. Such a precedent threatens all patriotic Americans and harkens back to our darkest dyas as a nation. Protecting all athletes from such collusive conduct is what compelled Mr. Kaepernick to file his grievance."Colin Kaepernick's goal has always been, and remains, to simply be treated fairly by the league he performed at the highest level for and to return to the football playing field." Bleacher Report first reported the news. “I imagine this will go before the arbitrator, but we won’t talk about the process or the underlying issues, and that is something we are going to respect," NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said Monday.Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers in March. Team officials said at the time that they would have cut the quarterback had he not opted out. The 49ers are in the midst of a rebuild under first-year general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan and keeping Kaepernick would have translated into a $14.4 million salary cap hit.Kaepernick became a polarizing figure last season after deciding not to stand for the national anthem in an attempt to bring awareness to police Continue Reading

BIG LEAGUE CONSPIRACY. Collusion deal nets $12M

ST. LOUIS - It turns out that the labor negotiations that produced a new collective bargaining agreement between the baseball owners and players nearly two months ahead of the Dec. 19 expiration of the old one weren't entirely devoid of acrimonious, hot-button issues. The Daily News has learned that, in response to a grievance filed by the players union, a side element of the new deal includes a damages payment to the players for the owners once again engaging in collusion during the 2002 free agent signing period. According to two sources with knowledge of the situation, the collusion issue was raised by a number of agents complaining that their free agent clients had received identical offers from numerous clubs. It was charged that those offers were actually being determined for the clubs by MLB's central office. In a briefing on the new agreement to the 30 clubs on Tuesday, MLB officials acknowledged there would be a payment made to the union "to settle 50 grievances." It is believed the payment will be approximately $12 million and that it is to come from the nearly $70 million in luxury-tax funds currently being held in reserve by MLB. In 1990, a pair of arbitrators ruled that the baseball owners were guilty of collusion on free agent signings in 1985, 1986 and 1987 and the arbitrators awarded $280 million in damages to approximately 60 players. As part of that ruling, the arbitrators said the owners would be liable for treble damages if they again engaged in collusion. However, in this latest instance, the new spirit of good will and cooperation between the two sides, fostered by unprecedented industry-wide financial prosperity, resulted in the issue being resolved in a payment by the owners that clearly did not include treble damages.TONY GETS CARDS TO FLY RIGHT CARDINALS MANAGER Tony La Russa won big points with the World Series media masses yesterday by ordering his players to come out of their clubhouse hiding places and face the music Continue Reading

Ex-head of Civilian Complaint Review Board can move forward with suit that alleges she was fired for complaining about sexual harassment, NYPD collusion

A former executive director of the Civilian Complaint Review Board who sued the city has received the green light to move forward with her key claims — that she was fired for complaining about sexual harassment and collusion with the NYPD. The Manhattan Federal Court ruling came eight months after Tracy Catapano-Fox filed her bombshell lawsuit alleging that the police watchdog group's board chairman was in bed with the NYPD and turned a blind eye to rampant sexual harassment. But the ruling by Judge Katherine Failla wasn’t a total victory for Catapano-Fox. Failla sided with the city in throwing out her claims that she was retaliated against after griping about racial discrimination at the CCRB. Still, Catapano-Fox’s lawyer cheered the ruling Friday. “The heart of the lawsuit, including the claims that Ms. Catapano-Fox was terminated for complaining about sexual harassment and the CCRB colluding with the NYPD, will go forward,” said attorney Michael Willemin, of the firm Wigdor LLP. “We are very pleased with the court's decision and look forward to holding the city and CCRB accountable for its retaliatory conduct.” The city Law Department also spun the ruling as a victory. “We are pleased the court agreed that several of the plaintiff's claims had no merit,” a spokesman said. Catapano-Fox was fired Oct. 6, 2014 — the same day she filed her scathing suit. The Mayor Bloomberg appointee singled out CCRB board chairman Richard Emery in fudging stop-and-frisk stats and helping to cover up the NYPD’s failure to discipline a group of officers who carried out unlawful stops. Continue Reading