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News Release
4/20/2015
CONTACT Jamie Court & John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA.  Consumer Watchdog today said it opposes a California Senate bill that requires home sharing platforms like Airbnb to turn over customers’ personal information to local governments, because it would violate consumers’ privacy and is little more than a “blank search warrant” for law enforcement...
News Release
4/15/2015
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today welcomed news reports that Europe’s competition authorities plan to file formal antitrust charges against Google on Wednesday and added that the action should benefit Americans after the Federal Trade Commission’s failure to take decisive action against the Internet giant. “Google...
News Release
4/14/2015
CONTACT Harvey Rosenfield & John M. Simpson
Santa Monica, CA -- Time Warner Cable is refusing to negotiate deals with other broadcasting companies that would allow southern Californians who do not subscribe to TWC to watch Dodger games in order to leverage public support for its $45 billion merger with Comcast, Consumer Watchdog said today. Time Warner executives have said they are “...
News Release
4/14/2015
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager to file formal charges against Google in the European Commission’s ongoing antitrust investigation of the Internet giant. The nonpartisan, nonprofit U.S. public interest group said the former Competition Commissioner Joaquin...
News Release
4/9/2015
CONTACT Jamie Court & Cody Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA --- California drivers paid $1 billion extra at the pump in March, when compared to the national average gas price charged to U.S. drivers, according to an analysis of the latest government data by Consumer Watchdog. The nonprofit consumer group said refiners continued to reap a windfall in the wake of refinery shutdowns in...
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4/9/2015
California drivers paid $1 billion extra at the pump in March, when compared to the national average gas price charged to U.S. drivers, according to an analysis of the latest government data by Consumer Watchdog.
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4/9/2015
Consumer Watchdog said refiners continued to reap a windfall in the wake of refinery shutdowns in February, driving prices at the pump artificially high, a situation exacerbated by low gasoline inventories in California.
Blog Post
4/8/2015
By John M. Simpson
You’d think that an app supposedly designed to deliver video to young kids would deliver appropriate child friendly content and offer things like parental parental control over how long kids can use the app. It would be a sort of walled garden where kids could enjoy online videos without being exposed to the tawdry and seamier side of the...
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4/8/2015
  The new YouTube Kids mobile app targets young children with unfair and deceptive advertising and should be investigated, a group of consumer advocates told the Federal Trade Commission in a letter Tuesday. Scott Budman reports.
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4/8/2015
video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player Consumer Watchdog released a report on Thursday, saying that Californians spent $1 billion more on gas than the rest of the country during the month of March.  The group says the price spike is due to a shortage of gas caused by two refineries going offline. One caused by a labor...