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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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5/2/2017
By David Jensen, SACRAMENTO BEE
California’s $3 billion stem cell agency, which is nearing the end of its financial life, announced Tuesday it is losing its president as the agency enters what some describe as the “last stage” of its 12-year operation. The departure of C. Randal Mills, who joined the agency three years ago, came as an unwelcome surprise to...
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4/29/2017
By Lauren Kirchner, ProPublica - SALON
Six members of Congress and two Illinois state senators are pushing for closer scrutiny of insurance practices Six Democratic members of Congress are urging Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to appoint a director for the Federal Insurance Office, which monitors access of minority and low-income Americans to affordable insurance, and has been...
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4/29/2017
Op-Ed by Liza Tucker, THE HANFORD SENTINEL
On Thursday, the California Public Utilities Commission denied access once again to scores of communications that it exchanged with Southern California Edison, the office of Governor Jerry Brown, and others over the ratepayer shakedown to cover the shuttering of a flawed Southern California nuclear power plant. The CPUC is illegally withholding...
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4/28/2017
By Wendy Davis, MEDIAPOST - POLICY BLOG
Faced with a fresh public relations crisis, Uber today unveiled new settings aimed at giving users more control over their data. Among other changes, the app will add a "privacy settings" menu, which will house all privacy controls -- including controls over how Uber uses location data. Uber will also now allow people to delete their...
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4/28/2017
By A.J. Dellinger, INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES
Following report that Uber has partaken in some questionable practices, including tracking users after they deleted the Uber app, Congress and federal regulators are considering investigations into the company, according to a report from the Hill. Lawmakers in Washington are reportedly calling for hearings to examine Uber’s potentially...
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4/28/2017
By Laura Hautala, CNET
Consumer Watchdog asked the federal agency to check out claims the company tracked driver's iPhones even after the app was deleted. Did Uber break the law by collecting information on user's iPhones to identify them even after they deleted the Uber app? That's what a consumer advocacy group asked the US Federal Trade Commission to find...
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4/28/2017
By Melanie Zanona, THE HILL
Uber’s public relations problems have been piling up over the past few months.  But the ride-hailing firm’s latest controversy may have crossed a line that could create headaches for the company in Washington. A recent report that claims Uber was tracking customers even after users deleted the app is catching the eye of Congress...
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4/28/2017
By Mark Huffman, CONSUMER AFFAIRS
The group's complaint to FTC says that Uber tracks former riders who deleted app A consumer group has lodged a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), charging that Uber Technologies tracked consumers who had once used the company's ride-sharing app, but who had deleted it from their phones. In its complaint, Consumer Watchdog...
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4/27/2017
By Steven Overly, THE WASHINGTON POST
An advocacy group known for challenging the tech industry on privacy called on the Federal Trade Commission Thursday to investigate media reports that Uber could identify specific iPhone devices even after users deleted the ride-hailing app. In a letter submitted Thursday, California-based Consumer...
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4/27/2017
Letters to the Editor: THE MERCURY NEWS
Let the sunshine in on PUC’s San Onofre deal The California Public Utilities Commission votes Thursday on releasing vital records showing whether the government secretly helped Southern California Edison stick ratepayers with 70 percent of a $4.7 billion bill for the flawed San Onofre nuclear power plant. Former PUC President Michael Peevey...