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6/1/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The advocacy group Consumer Watchdog is raising concerns about Google’s altruistic motives when it comes to autonomous vehicles. The group sees The Big G’s efforts less as a way to reduce crashes and save lives, and more as a ploy to mine and monetize even more personal data. And it wants to block a bill that would clear the way for...
News Story
5/31/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Wow. We hadn’t thought of this. You may have heard that Google has been experimenting with a driverless car, even letting a blind man take one through a Taco Bell drive through. It’s an intriguing concept we polled about once before. In that poll, 55 percent said they’d be interested in buying one. In California, the...
News Story
5/31/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Security needs to be stepped up a gear A privacy group wants to put the brakes on Google's driverless cars, demanding that they shouldn't be allowed on the road until privacy legislation has been put into place. The Consumer Watchdog, a nonpartisan, nonprofit group, is demanding that the technology is incorporated into a bill, SB 1289...
News Story
5/30/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
A consumer group says a bill that would allow self-driving cars on California's roads does not do enough to protect privacy. The bill, SB 1298, sponsored by Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), has passed the California Senate and is awaiting Assembly consideration in June. It establishes guidelines for "autonomous vehicles" to be...
News Story
5/30/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog seeks ban on any data collection from autonomous cars A privacy group is calling on the California Assembly to keep Google's self-driving cars off the road. Consumer Watchdog, a non-profit privacy group, sent an open letter to the Assembly today urging members to defeat a bill, SB 1289, that would allow Google's...
News Story
5/30/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
More Americans are starting to pay attention to the lack of privacy while online. Two events that have been part of this awakening: 1) News that Google's Street View picture-snapping cars also collected private information from homes it passed by. 2) The constant difficulty of maintaining proper privacy settings on Facebook (have you...
News Story
11/20/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Much of the money spent for travel by Assemblycommittees this year went to fly personal aides of Southern California legislators round-trip between the Capitol and their districts. The trips contradict what the Assembly tells Californians in its annual expenditure report – that committee travel funds are used primarily for hearings to...