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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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4/23/2014
By Stephan Westlake, CONSUMER EAGLE
“Forget Big Brother – Google is better!” Those were the words of German media executive Mathias Döpfner in his April 17 open letter to Google chairman Eric Schmidt, in which he stated his fear that Google envisions a world with no antitrust and privacy protections. Coincidentally, Döpfner’s letter came a few days after Google issued a...
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4/23/2014
By Martha Mendoza, ASSOCIATED PRES
A new Obama administration privacy policy released Friday explains how the government will gather the user data of online visitors to WhiteHouse.gov, mobile apps and social media sites, and it clarifies that online comments, whether tirades or tributes, are in the open domain. "Information you choose to share with the White House (directly...
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4/23/2014
By Chris Rauber, SAN FRANCISCO BUSINESS TIMES
Kaiser Permanente and Blue Shield of California have contributed $23.8 million to defeat a November ballot initiative that would allow California's insurance commissioner to deny health premium increases seen as excessive. The funding went to Californians Against Higher Health Care Costs, a lobbying group backed by insurers, the California Medical...
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4/23/2014
By Ian Mansfield, CELLULAR NEWS
Google spent $3.82 million lobbying the USA's federal lawmakers and regulators during the first quarter of 2014 making it the top spender among 15 top technology and telecommunications companies according to an analysis of lobbying disclosure forms Consumer Watchdog said today. According to lobbying disclosure forms filed this week, Comcast,...
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4/21/2014
By Christoper Cadelago, SACRAMENTO BEE - CAPITOL ALERT
Good Friday was a good day for opponents of a ballot initiative to regulate health insurance prices. The coalition of doctors, hospitals and insurance companies last week reported collecting nearly $24 million from Blue Shield of California and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan. Half of the money was listed as loans to the campaign. The contributions...
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4/21/2014
By David Lazarus, LOS ANGELES TIMES
General Mills reverses course on right to sue after backlash by consumers. General Mills, maker of Cheerios and Wheaties, thinks it deserves credit for reversing itself after quietly trying to strip customers of their constitutional right to a day in court. But that's like a homeowner saying he deserves credit for putting out a house fire...
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4/18/2014
By Staff Writers, THE COMMUNITY BUGLE
Concerned Neighbors of Wildomar and Penny Newman, executive director and founder of the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice (CCAEJ) which serves Riverside and San Bernardino counties, released a report in response to the draft results of an investigation drawn up by the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC). The report,...
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4/17/2014
By Daniel Ross, Truth-Out.org
Autumnwood is a show-home suburbia of stucco fronts and primly kept lawns nestled in the heart of Wildomar, California, about an hour and a half southeast of Los Angeles. Tranquil, sleepy, Autumnwood could be a poster-child for any modern housing tract. But beneath the façade, Autumnwood is a community riven by a fear held by many that the...
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4/16/2014
By Staff Writers, WASHINGTON INTERNET DAILY
Google Glass raises privacy and safety concerns, said Consumer Watchdog in a report released Monday (http://bit.ly/RlstR8). "Google Glass threatens the privacy of both people whose images are captured unbeknownst to them and the user of the device," said Consumer Watchdog Privacy Project Director John Simpson. "Google Glass can...
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4/16/2014
By David Gorn, CALIFORNIA HEALTHLINE
Before Californians have a chance to vote in November on a controversial ballot measure to regulate health insurance rate hikes they will be bombarded by advertising and media campaigns on both sides of the issue. Television and print blitzes are expected to begin at the end of June after the Secretary of State assigns numbers to propositions on...