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Blog Post
11/30/2011
Posted by Moira Dhaliwal
We elect our representatives on the good faith that they are working in the best interest of the general public. However, as publicized by a "60 Minutes" piece, both parties of Congress apparently trade stocks based on inside knowledge and get away with it.  Studies (Bainbridge and Siobrowski, Cheng and Boyd) research...
Blog Post
11/18/2011
Posted by Moira Dhaliwal
Let’s set the scene: It’s a typical day. While there is always work to be done, you are taking a moment to browse the web. You stumble across your favorite websites, perhaps you tweet about an interesting story, or you press the Facebook "Like" button on a cool page. Then you click on an ad because, “Hey, that looks...
News Story
11/1/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer groups are up in arms over a bill to relax requirements on calls to cellphones contained in the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. The House Communications Subcommittee scheduled a hearing this Friday on HR-3035 to ask whether the TCPA went too far in restrictions on calls to wireless numbers. The subcommittee plans to ask whether the...
News Release
10/21/2011
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA - Google’s explanation for its soaring record spending on lobbying in Washington is disingenuous bafflegab, Consumer Watchdog said today. The Internet giant reported it spent $5.9 million lobbying during the first three quarters of the year, a 51 percent increase from the $3.9 million it spent in the comparable period a...
News Story
10/11/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Many websites reveal even more personal information about consumers -- such as their user names and e-mail addresses -- than they previously admitted to, according to a study released on Tuesday. Privacy advocates quickly said the report supports their complaints and that they plan to use it to pressure Congress to pass do-not-track legislation...
News Story
10/7/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Noting (as I did on Monday) that Schmidt had basically recanted his contrite testimony before Congress in basically calling the government slow and stupid in a Washington Post interview, Consumer Watchdog said in a letter to Senate chairman Herb Kohl that Schmidt should be recalled to testify by the Senate Antitrust Subcommittee: “It...
News Release
10/6/2011
Posted by Carmen Balber
Twenty-one major consumer and patient safety groups from around the country, whose memberships represent many millions of Americans, sent a letter today to the co-chairs of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction expressing strong opposition to any proposals that would limit the legal rights of patients injured by medical malpractice....
News Release
10/5/2011
Posted by Jamie Court
Washington, DC – Consumer Watchdog today took Google's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt to task today over remarks made to The Washington Post in which he claimed Google should not be the subject of antitrust review because its services are "free" and made derogatory remarks about government officials being slow, backward and...
News Story
10/3/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Facebook has touched a nerve with a broad range of critics upset about the social network's latest batch of online sharing technology. Ten consumer and privacy groups have joined Reps. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Joe Barton, R-Tex., in calling on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate new sharing mechanisms designed to accelerate the...
Video
9/26/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Jamie Court interviewed over President Obama's budget proposals.