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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
8/5/2014
By Wendy Davis, MEDIAPOST
A coalition of advocacy groups are reiterating their call for a privacy “bill of rights” that would limit marketers' ability to collect or use data about individuals. “Industry self-regulation is not enough, and has failed to inform or protect consumers,” the organizations said Tuesday in a letter to the Commerce...
News Story
8/4/2014
By John P. Mello Jr., TECHNEWSWORLD
Google helped nail an alleged child pornographer, and though he's innocent until proven guilty, the case for the prosecution looks quite strong. The nature of the crime makes it difficult for privacy advocates to object strenuously to Google's methods, but there have been murmurs of concern. Google is setting itself up outside the legal...
News Story
8/1/2014
By Adam Nagourney, THE NEW YORK TIMES
LOS ANGELES — At a time when random drug testing is part of the job for pilots, train operators, police officers and firefighters — to name a few — one high-profile line of work has managed to remain exempt: doctors. That may be about to change. California would become the first state to require doctors to submit to random drug...
News Story
8/1/2014
By Staff Writers, CALIFORNIA HEALTHLINE
On Thursday, Covered California officials announced that the average premium for health plans offered on the exchange will increase an average of 4.2% for the coming year, the Sacramento Bee reports (Cadelago, Sacramento Bee, 7/31). Covered California is the state's health insurance exchange, created under the Affordable Care Act. The rates...
News Story
8/1/2014
By Stuart Pfeifer, Chad Terhune, Soumya Karlamangla, LOS ANGELES TIMES
-Negotiations with healthcare providers yield a modest 4.2% increase in Covered California rates for 2015 - We have changed the trend in healthcare costs,' says Covered California head -2015 Obamacare rates for Californians will rise 4.2% on average Defying an industry trend of double-digit rate hikes, California officials said the more than 1...
News Story
7/31/2014
By Christoper Cadelago, SACRAMENTO BEE
California’s health insurance exchange officials announced Thursday that the average premium will increase an average 4.2 percent for the coming year, touting the lower-than-usual figure as evidence that the federal health care overhaul is making coverage affordable for millions of residents. Covered California tentatively chose 10 health...
News Story
7/31/2014
By Lisa Alferis, KQED - THE STATE OF HEALTH BLOG
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast segment (Scroll down). Officials with Covered California, the state’s Obamacare marketplace, say premiums will go up an average 4.2 percent statewide in 2015 for the 1.4 million Californians currently enrolled in insurance through the exchange. Peter Lee, executive director of the...
News Story
7/31/2014
By Wendy Davis, MEDIAPOST
Some watchdogs are trying to convince the Federal Trade Commission to intervene in a class-action lawsuit alleging that Google violated users' privacy. Google agreed to settle the case last year for $8.5 million, but opponents call the settlement a “farce” because it doesn't require the company to change its practices. The...
News Story
7/29/2014
By Stuart Pfeifer, LOS ANGELES TIMES
Californians paid 22% to 88% more for individual health coverage this year than last, commissioner says The cost of health insurance for individuals skyrocketed this year in California, with some paying almost twice what they did last year, the state's insurance commissioner said. But Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones predicted that insurers...
News Story
7/29/2014
By Kathy Robertson, SACRAMENTO BUSINESS JOURNAL
In a pre-emptive strike against what are expected to be lower-than-expected health plan rates for 2015, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones took to the bully pulpit Tuesday to rail against rate hikes in 2014 as well as rally support for a rate regulation initiative on the November ballot. Average rate increases this year were between 22...