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Google's Misrepresentations To Government About Cloud Computing Service Warrant House Oversight Committee Investigation, Consumer Watchdog Tells Congressman Issa

WASHINGTON, DC — Consumer Watchdog today asked the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee to investigate Google’s misrepresentations about its “cloud computing” services as the Internet giant has tried to sell them to the federal government, as well as state and municipal governments.

Privacy Advocates Say McCain-Kerry Bill Falls Short

Consumer privacy advocates aren't blasting the online privacy bill introduced by Senators John McCain and John Kerry; but they aren't completely on board either.

While major tech companies like HP and Microsoft approve of the bill, consumer privacy advocates are more guarded. Consumer Watchdog and the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) are saying it's merely a "good start."

Kerry, McCain Introduced Online Privacy Bill

Privacy advocates criticize a bill focused on online data collection introduced Tuesday.

Two high-profile U.S. senators have introduced legislation designed to give consumers more control over what information about them is collected online, but privacy advocates said the bill will do little to curb wide-spread data-collection practices now in place.

McCain, Kerry Introduce Contentious Privacy Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Reuters) - Senators John Kerry and John McCain introduced a tough new privacy bill on Tuesday that would require companies to notify consumers in clear language when their data is being collected, and oblige them to keep that information safe from hackers.

There are increasing concerns about the security of consumers' personal data that companies collect. Millions of people face heightened risk of email swindles after a massive security breach suffered by Epsilon, an online marketing firm that handles email marketing lists for hundreds of clients.

Senators Propose New Online Privacy Law

Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts and Senator John McCain of Arizona on Tuesday made a bipartisan call for new legislation to protect consumer privacy on the Internet.

In introducing the Commercial Privacy Bill of Rights Act of 2011, Mr. Kerry cited the 107 trillion e-mails that were sent last year and the nearly 600 million Facebook users as proof of how much consumers used the Internet.

Consumer Groups Welcome Bipartisan Privacy Effort, But Warn Kerry-McCain Bill Insufficient to Protect Consumers' Online Privacy

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A coalition of consumer groups and privacy advocates welcomed the bipartisan effort by Senators John Kerry and John McCain to craft online privacy legislation today, but said their bill needs to be significantly strengthened if it is to effectively protect consumer privacy rights in today’s digital marketplace.

DIRECTV Ripoff Lawsuit, Challenging $480 Cancellation Fee, Moves Forward

At a hearing on Wednesday, April 6, 2011, DIRECTV customers who were charged cancellation fees of as much as $480 – even if the service was never installed in the first place – asked a California court to let their lawsuit proceed as a “class action.” While the judge put off a decision on the class action, she refused DIRECTV’s request to dismiss the suit altogether.