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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
6/21/2016
By David Lazarus, LOS ANGELES TIMES
Your TV’s set-top box is ratting you out to advertisers. At least that’s the contention of consumer groups that have filed complaints with federal authorities demanding a crackdown on overzealous data collection. The complaints to the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission say pay-TV companies fail to disclose...
News Story
6/20/2016
By Laura Mahoney, BLOOMBERG BNA
California's health plan regulator approved Aetna Inc.'s acquisition of Humana Inc. with conditions that boost scrutiny of proposed premium rate increases and require that the merged plan keep small group rate increases to a minimum. The Department of Managed Health Care negotiated commitments from Aetna to ensure the merged company would...
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6/20/2016
By Keith Laing, THE DETROIT NEWS
Washington — Ford, Volvo, Google, Uber and Lyft are stepping up their lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill as lawmakers begin to craft regulations for self-driving cars, and they have hired a former National Highway Transportation Safety Administration chief to be their frontman. The carmakers and tech companies have joined forces to form a...
News Story
6/20/2016
By Ja'Nel Johnson, CAPITAL PUBLIC RADIO (Sacramento, CA)
Aetna and Humana are one step closer to merging after approval from the California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC). The merger will affect about 1.5 million people currently enrolled in health plans through the two insurers. This is the third health insurance merger the department has approved. In March, the agency approved the proposed...
News Story
6/20/2016
By James F. Peltz, LOS ANGELES TIMES
As the driverless car gets closer to reality, so too does the dilemma of how to insure the car and its owner. The auto insurance industry faces upheaval in the next 25 years as the migration to autonomous safety features -- and ultimately a self-driving car -- shifts more of a car's accident risk from the driver to the vehicle, analysts said...
News Story
6/17/2016
By Nathaniel Crosser, WATCHDOG.ORG
As the sharing economy continues to grow, bureaucrats across the country are making sure they don’t miss out on the chance to get in the way of innovation. San Francisco passed tough regulations on home-sharing last week, but another California city is jumping on the anti-Airbnb bandwagon. This week, the Los Angeles City Planning Commission...
News Story
6/16/2016
By Sharon McNary, KPCC 89.3FM So Cal Public Radio
A potential natural gas shortage that could develop later this year due to a lack of storage capacity following the Porter Ranch gas leak could hamper the five Los Angeles area refineries that make gasoline. To assess the risk, the California Energy Commission is hearing from experts and the public at a workshop Friday in San Pedro. The...
News Story
6/16/2016
By Chad Terhune, KAISER HEALTH NEWS
California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones urged federal officials to block the merger of health insurance giants Anthem Inc. and Cigna Corp., declaring the $54-billion deal anti-competitive and harmful to consumers. The state insurance department doesn’t have the authority to thwart the merger on its own, but Jones’ recommendation...
News Story
6/16/2016
By Karl Bode, TECHDIRT
In addition to the $21 billion made annually by cable set top box rental fees, cable companies make untold billions from monetizing the user viewing data these boxes help collect. That captive revenue alone is the driving force behind the pay TV sectors histrionic opposition to the FCC's plan to open the sector up to third-party hardware...
News Story
6/15/2016
By Neil Haggerty, MORNING CONSULT
A proposed home-sharing ordinance in Los Angeles would violate the privacy of individuals who use platforms such as Airbnb and put the burden of enforcement on residents, according to the advocacy group Consumer Watchdog. “This is an unwarranted intrusion into users’ privacy and inappropriately requires the home sharing platform...