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Consumer Watchdog's experts and advocates are quoted every day in the printed press, online, and on TV and radio. Below are selections from our appearances in the news.

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1/30/2015
By Brian X. Chen & Natasha Singer, THE NEW YORK TIMES - BITS BLOG
Verizon Wireless, which has been under fire by privacy advocates since late last year, has decided to make a major revision to its mobile ad-targeting program. Users who do not want to be tracked with an identifier that Verizon uses for ad-targeting purposes will soon be able to completely opt out, the company said on Friday. In the past, Verizon...
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1/28/2015
By Tony Barboza, LOS ANGELES TIMES
Exide Technologies is in trouble again with state environmental regulators who on Wednesday cited the Vernon battery recycler for eight hazardous-waste violations. Inspections last week by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control found the lead-acid battery recycling plant was treating and storing contaminated sludge in...
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1/27/2015
By Eric Chabrow, BANKINFOSECURITY.COM
Congressional Hearing Highlights the Difficulties Despite bipartisan rhetoric, comments from lawmakers and witnesses at a House hearing Jan. 27 illustrate why reaching a consensus on a national data breach notification law remains a challenge. Remarks made at the hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and...
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1/26/2015
By Kate Tummarello, POLITICO.COM MORNING TECH BLOG
In a new letter to the FCC today, Consumer Watchdog points to the parts of Title II that it wants in place to ensure consumer privacy protections. While some argue that the FCC can reclassify and then forbear from everything but a few sections of the law — specifically Sections 201, 202 and 208 — that strategy “would be a serious...
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1/26/2015
By Wendy Davis, THE DAILY ONLINE EXAMINER
Advocacy group Consumer Watchdog is telling the Federal Communications Commission that new broadband regulations should include privacy obligations. "If consumers believe that their broadband provider substantially threatens their privacy, they are less likely to use the Internet,” the group says in a filing submitted to the FCC today....
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1/23/2015
By Richard Adhikari, ECOMMERCE TIMES
Google's MVNO plans could lead to a lot of benefits -- more advertising real estate for Google, lower prices for consumers, additional revenue for Sprint and T-Mobile -- but there's a downside. Google "presumably would have access to data about who people called, when they did it, and how long the call lasted ... which would raise...
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1/22/2015
Op-Ed Commentaries, CALIFORNIA HEALTHLINE
When he took office as California's new treasurer this month, John Chiang (D) issued a warning about rising health care costs for retired state workers: "If we continue to do nothing, we will be sowing the seeds of a future crisis," Chiang said. "The price tag associated with providing health care to retired state workers has...
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1/22/2015
By Staff Writers, SKYNEWS.COM
Google has spent a record amount on Washington lobbyists as it pushes to maintain net neutrality. The search and advertising giant spent $16.8m (£11m) in 2014 - the most it has ever shelled out on DC influencers. Some US telecoms companies are pushing to get rid of net neutrality, which is the legal principle that all internet traffic should...
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1/22/2015
By Grant Scott-Goforth, THE NORTH COAST JOURNAL (Humboldt, CA)
It's been a year since many people discovered that the lists of doctors accepting Anthem Blue Cross' and Blue Shield's Covered California plans, both locally and beyond the borders of Humboldt County, were wildly inaccurate. Many of the doctors and specialists that the insurance companies promised policy buyers would accept their new...
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1/22/2015
By Martyn Williams, INFOWORLD.COM
As many others cut back, a new breed of tech company doubled down on influencing Washington The tech industry's most influential companies spent record amounts of money on federal lobbying in 2014 despite a general drop in lobbying by most tech companies. The spending was often directed at areas away from the central business of technology,...