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News Release
8/7/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Driving Data Could Be Used By Insurers to Discriminate By ZIP-Code   Santa Monica, CA – Legislation that would allow insurance companies to track when, where and how Californians drive passed the Senate Appropriations committee today. The bill authorizes different insurance rates for drivers who choose to protect their privacy and those...
News Release
8/6/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Santa Monica, CA -- Devices to track a driver’s every move, as allowed by a bill under consideration by the California legislature, aren’t necessary to encourage people to drive less, said Consumer Watchdog in a letter to AB 2800 author Assemblyman Jared Huffman today.  A coalition of consumer and privacy protection groups...
News Story
8/6/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SACRAMENTO, CA -- Question: How do environmentalists get motorists to drive less in order to combat global warming? Answer: Team up with the insurance industry and the Legislature to create a pay-as-you-drive insurance policy. And tell drivers they'll save money if they sign up. AB2800, by Assemblyman Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, proposes creating...
News Story
7/26/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The insurance industry is busy telling us that it has teamed up with environmentalists to clean the air by cutting insurance premiums for drivers who spend less time on the road. The reality is that they want to monitor your driving electronically, and charge you more if you decline. "Pay-as-you-drive" insurance that charges low-mileage...
Blog Post
7/24/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The Contra Costa Times posed some good questions this week in an editorial about the "pay-as-you-drive" proposal making its way through the legislature. If it's just about how far you drive, what's with all the other information insurance companies want to collect? Before drivers sign off on the black box and earn incentives, they need...
News Story
7/23/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
There is a new concept for automobile insurance being driven through our state Legislature with Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner at the wheel. The idea is called "Pay as You Drive," which is already an option in 34 states as well as in Canada and Japan, where carriers can grant discounts to drivers who volunteer for mileage...
Feature
7/22/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Harvey Rosenfield discusses why it took nearly 20 years to end the corporate practice of zip-code based auto insurance.   Part 1   Part 2   Part 3
Blog Post
7/17/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Last week, Allstate was ordered by the Insurance Commissioner to reduce its homeowners insurance rates by approximately $242 million - an average $250 savings for each Allstate policyholder. The reduction followed on the heels of another quarter-billion rate reduction, that time for Allstate's auto customers, back in March. Consumer Watchdog...
News Story
7/17/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
ANCHOR: DEBORAH ROBERTS / REPORTER: ELISABETH LEAMY DEBORAH ROBERTS (ABC NEWS): (Off-camera) Now a 'GMA" 'Consumer Alert." Should safe drivers who drive less than others pay lower car insurance premiums? GRAPHICS: WATCHING YOU AT THE WHEEL -- PROGRAM CUTS PREMIUMS IN HALF DEBORAH ROBERTS (ABC NEWS): (Off-camera) Well, that's the logic...
News Release
7/14/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
20 Years After Vote, Insurers Must Show They are Complying With Prop 103 Rules   Santa Monica, CA -- Today is the deadline for every auto insurer in the state to submit new plans to the Insurance Commissioner detailing a new rate setting system that complies with the rules of the landmark 1988 insurance reform initiative Proposition 103. Auto...