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8/29/2014
By John M. Simpson
An $8.5 million settlement  in a class action privacy lawsuit against Google “doesn’t pass the smell test” a federal judge said at a fairness hearing on the proposed deal Friday in San Jose, CA, indicating he will likely reject it. Five consumer privacy groups — Consumer Watchdog, the Electronic Privacy Information...
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8/29/2014
By John M. Simpson
You know how Google executives are always claiming that they care about privacy?  Well, yet again their actions demonstrate  just how empty those claims actually are are. Disconnect, a San Francisco based startup just spent a year and $300,000 developing a privacy protecting app for Android smartphones called Disconnect Mobile. Like...
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7/24/2014
By John M. Simpson
Remember back in 2011 when Google settled  with the U.S. Department of Justice on charges that it was knowingly selling advertising on its site to Canadian pharmacies that led to illegal importation of prescription drugs? The Internet giant paid $500 million as a penalty.  Apparently the settlement didn’t have a tremendous impact...
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7/23/2014
By John M. Simpson
Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.VA.) has sent a blistering letter to Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA.), chairman of the House Committee on Government Reform, accusing him of “using heavy-handed, bullying tactics to undermine due process and to inappropriately assist the defendant, LabMD” by calling a hearing Thursday about the Federal Trade...
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6/26/2014
By John M. Simpson
Google today began removing some search results in Europe under the recently court-upheld “right to be forgotten.”  The Internet giant should offer U.S. users the same basic right to privacy. In May the European Court of Justice ruled that a person has the right to request the removal of search engine links to information that is...
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6/19/2014
By John M. Simpson
People aren’t buying the bafflegab being spouted by mega moguls claiming that the $45.2 billion merger of cable TV giants Comcast and Time Warner Cable would benefit consumers. A whopping 56 percent of American oppose the deal, while only 11 percent say they support it, according to a poll released Thursday by the Consumer Reports National...
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6/18/2014
By John M. Simpson
Remember Geordi La Forge?  He's the fictional character in Star Trek: The Next Generation who was portrayed by LeVar Burton.  Blind from birth, the helmsman of the USS Enterprise-D  wore a "VISOR" (Visual Instrument and Sensory Organ Replacement) in order to "see." Some have compared the fictional character...
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6/17/2014
By John M. Simpson
The prestigious American Antitrust Institute is opposing the $45 billion Comcast-Time Warner mega merger because it raises potentially serious problems for competition and consumers. We at Consumer Watchdog have already stated our opposition to the deal to both the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission.  The...
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6/17/2014
By John M. Simpson
Consumer Watchdog has joined the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and 25 other  organizations in telling President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder not to seek re-authorization of the National Security Agency's bulk telephone record collection. "We write to urge you not to renew the Section 215 Bulk Telephony...
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6/16/2014
By John M. Simpson
Google's latest planned acquisition will will take the Internet giant's ability to spy on us and gather information about our activities to new heights -- literally. Last week Google said it would buy Skybox Imaging for $500 million, chump change for a company that is sitting on around $61 billion in cash. Skybox is building low cost...