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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.

News Story
3/29/2017
John Eggerton, BroadcastingCable.com
  Groups on both sides of the braodband privacy debate flooded journalists' inboxes after House Republicans followed the Senate's lead and passed a Congressional Review Act resolution of disapproval Tuesday, repealing the FCC's broadband privacy rule framework. The President is expected to sign the resolution, which also prohibits...
News Story
3/28/2017
By BOB CHRISTIE and JOSH HOFFNER, Associated Press
  PHOENIX (AP) — A crash that caused an Uber self-driving SUV to flip onto its side in a Phoenix suburb serves as a stark reminder of the challenges surrounding autonomous vehicles in Arizona, a state that has gone all-in to entice the company by promising minimal government regulation. Friday night's crash was blamed on the driver...
News Story
3/28/2017
By Truman Lewis, Consumer Affairs
Uber's self-driving cars are on the road again, just a few days after one of their Volvo SUVs overturned following an intersection crash in Tempe, Arizona. Uber paused the program after the accident last week but quickly put its cars back on the road in San Francisco Monday and said it would return to the streets of Tempe and Pittsburgh later...
News Story
3/28/2017
By Daniel Moore, Ed Blazina and Adam Smelt, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Uber’s self-driving cars returned to Pittsburgh streets Monday, capping a nearly three-day hiatus. The ride-hailing company suspended its autonomous vehicles over the weekend after a wreck in Tempe, Ariz., rolled one of the cars. Police there cited a driver in another vehicle for a moving violation. They said the Uber SUV, in self-driving...
News Story
3/28/2017
By Paul Dughi, WAAY TV
A Consumer watchdog group is calling out Amazon for what it calls deceptive practices by posting inflated list prices and leading consumers to believe they’re getting a better deal than they really are. The aptly named group, Consumer Watchdog, has petitioned the California Attorney General to investigate Amazon.  John Simpson,...
News Story
3/27/2017
Richard Adhikari, EcommerceTimes.com
Privacy advocates and consumer groups are fighting back against the U.S. Senate's Thursday vote to undo privacy restrictions on Internet service providers. In a 50-48 party line vote, the Senate approved the Congressional Review Act, S.J. Res. 34. If the House of Representatives gives it the green light, it then will go to the president to be...
News Story
3/22/2017
By Daniel Demay, SEATTLEPI.COM
A consumer interest group has taken complaints about Amazon’s advertised prices to the California Attorney General, demanding an investigation and saying the company is “ripping consumers off.” The group, Consumer Watchdog, argued that prices sometimes shown as “list” or “was” above the current price --...
News Story
3/22/2017
By Natalie Bradford, The American Genius
Amazin’ Amazon I don’t have to tell you that Amazon is crazy convenient. Forgot to get a bunch of random stuff at the store? Order anything from lip balm to groceries and find it on your doorstep within a couple of days. There are tons of options for basically any category you can think of, whether it’s TVs or mattress covers,...
News Story
3/22/2017
(Truth in Advertising), MoneyLife
As retailers get ready to take on Amazon in Australia, the US organization Consumer Watchdog has accused the online retailer of deliberately inflating the recommended retail price of goods on their site, a practice that the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission has moved to stamp out in Australia. In one incident Amazon was selling an...
News Story
3/22/2017
By David Richards, Channel News
Before or at the start of the promotion, Kogan increased the prices of the three computer monitors featured on its eBay store. As a result, Kogan claimed consumers received a 20% discount off the newly increased prices, they in fact only received a 9% discount off the previously advertised prices for each of the three computer monitors. Also in...