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News Story
10/10/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Washington -- California Sen. Kamala Harris’s name came up multiple times at a Senate hearing last month on child sex trafficking legislation, an acknowledgement of her long record fighting the crime. But Harris’ name does not appear – at least not yet – as a co-sponsor of the trafficking legislation in question, which...
News Story
10/4/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Washington — Lawmakers in the U.S. Senate are scheduled to debate legislation on Wednesday that would set rules for self-driving cars at a time when automakers are already putting cars on the road that are capable of at least some hands-free driving. General Motors Co. subsidiary Cadillac is rolling out its new Super Cruise technology that...
News Story
10/4/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Critics still hope to derail measure citing fears for public safety A U.S. Senate committee appears to be the last major obstacle in the way of widespread testing of self-driving and even driverless vehicles on public roads. Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the SELF DRIVE Act, a measure intended to streamline the development...
News Release
9/28/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – An autonomous vehicles bill introduced today in the U.S. Senate follows the dangerous route chosen by the House of Representatives when it rushed to pass a bill that threatens highway safety and leaves a regulatory void rather than enacting necessary protections and safety standards, Consumer Watchdog warned today. The...
News Story
9/20/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
No origin story of the internet would be complete without mentioning one of its legal pillars: Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a 21-year-old law that shields tech companies from liability for content posted by users. Silicon Valley has long argued that any change to the law would hamper free speech and destroy the internet as we...
News Story
9/18/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
In its next step to amend a federal law which allows websites such as Backpage.com to host ads for child sex-trafficking, the Senate is holding its first hearing Tuesday on a bill entitled the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act. But big Internet companies such as Google, Facebook and a host of others say the bill is a bad idea — “a...
News Story
9/15/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Don’t expect the furor to die down soon regarding the massive data breach that hit consumer credit rating firm Equifax and potentially exposed the personal information of 143 million customers. At the behest of Republicans serving on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Equifax CEO Richard Smith was invited (or, better put, formally...
News Release
9/14/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called upon the executives of Google and Facebook to testify at a Senate hearing next week – rather than hide – and explain their position that a key Internet law should not be amended so websites that facilitate online sex trafficking, like Backpage can be held accountable. “Tech...
News Story
9/14/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Why does Oracle support SESTA? Since the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017 was introduced in the Senate in August, tech companies and advocacy groups have been mobilizing in a battle to control its message. Digital rights organizations like the Electronic Frontier Foundation have called it “disastrous for free speech online,”...
News Story
9/14/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
One victim of sex trafficking began her ordeal when she was 15. She was sold through the website Backpage.com for sex to men across Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Maine. She was raped over 600 times over the course of four months. Another victim was sex trafficked through Backpage for three years — starting when she...