By Staff Reporters, CLASS ACTION REPORTER
Consumers who purchased Hyundai and Kia cars based on the companies' misrepresentations about the fuel economy of several of their 2011, 2012 and 2013 model year vehicles will not receive any money from the government consent decree with the auto makers announced on Nov. 3, said advocates at Consumer Watchdog, the non-profit advocacy group...
By Ken Broder, ALLGOV.COM
It didn’t take the spectacular hacking of Sony computers for consumers to be aware that their privacy is at risk every time someone new gets some of their data. Hackers attack everywhere—financial institutions, retailers, government, universities, medical institutions—and security precautions don’t seem up to the task.
By Elizabeth Snell, HEALTH IT SECURITY
Consumer Watchdog has raised concerns over a California HIE and potential patient privacy concerns.
When implementing a new electronic health record (EHR), patient privacy and security issues should be a top priority for healthcare organizations. For example, individuals want to know that their protected health information (PHI) is secure, and...
By Chad Terhune, LOS ANGELES TIMES
A prominent consumer group is calling on customers of two leading health insurers to boycott a vast new database of patient medical records until privacy concerns are addressed.
At issue is the California Integrated Data Exchange, or Cal Index, backed by $80 million from Anthem Inc. and Blue Shield of California.
In recent weeks, the two insurance...
By Hector Gonzalez, SANTA MONICA LOOKOUT
December 16, 2014--Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog on Monday released a report warning that oil industry officials plan to use “artificially inflated” gas prices, bogus refinery slowdowns and other tactics in a bid to derail the state’s new climate protection measures set to go into effect next month.
In its report, “...
By Staff Writers, TIREBUSINESS.COM
WASHINGTON (Dec. 16, 2014) — Auto makers’ formal pledge to protect the privacy of consumers is inadequate for that purpose, according to the Auto Care Association (ACA) and advocacy group Consumer Watchdog.
The Alliance of American Manufacturers (AAM) and the Association of Global Auto makers (AGA) recently issued their “Consumer...
By Ron Leuty, SAN FRANCISCO BUSINESS TIMES
The first life that California's stem cell research funding agency saves may be its own.
With the clock ticking 10 years and $2.2 billion into an as-yet-unfulfilled quest for new cures, the San Francisco-based California Institute of Regenerative Medicine is overhauling itself with a new, business-friendly approach aimed at speeding therapies...
By John Wildermuth, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
If an avalanche of citizen initiatives morphs the 2016 ballot pamphlet into an encyclopedia-size volume, blame it on California’s growing legion of nonvoters.
November’s record-low turnout means it will be easier than ever to qualify a voter initiative for the ballot, and plenty of groups pushing a cause will probably take advantage....
By Natasha Singer, THE NEW YORK TIMES
In many ways, it was a typical social media marketing campaign featuring user-generated content — only this promotion involved a brand popular with children.
Earlier this year, the company behind Ring Pop, a jewel-shaped sucking candy on a plastic ring, ran a contest called #RockThatRock. It invited users to post photos on Facebook, Twitter...
By Diana Swartz, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
A coalition of consumer and children's organizations has asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Topps candy and trading card company, which is owned by Michael Eisner, for allegedly violating the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act Rule, according to the Center for Digital Democracy, which filed the complaint on Tuesday....