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News Story
9/26/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
In forming a political action committee, Facebook is joining other social media companies in efforts to integrate with the political landscape. Facebook wants more friends. And it's willing to pay for them. The Silicon Valley social media company has for the first time formed an old-fashioned political action committee and will use it to...
Blog Post
9/23/2011
Posted by John M. Simpson
I’m just back from Washington, D.C., where we dramatized the need to give consumers online privacy protection with Consumer Watchdog’s “track-in” event. We timed it to coincide with Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt’s testimony to the Senate Judiciary’s Antitrust Subcommittee. The highlight came as...
Video
9/23/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
News Channel 8 - ABC in Washington DC -- Consumer Watchdog followed senators and staffers around the Dirksen Office building Wednesday, dramatizing how they say Google records everything users do on the Internet.
Video
9/23/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
The Alyona Show - RT AMERICA NEWS -- Google CEO Eric Schmidt had to testify at an anti-trust hearing on Capitol Hill yesterday. The name of the hearing was: "The Power of Google: Serving Consumers or Threatening Competition?" After other companies complained lawmakers questioned if the search engine giant is cooking its results to...
News Story
9/22/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
K Street is buzzing over the shock and awe tactics Consumer Watchdog used this morning when its members showed up at Google's Director of Public Policy Pablo Chavez's house at 8:30 a.m. The California-based group arrived at Chavez's home in an ice cream truck - part of another stunt the group did giving out "free" ice...
News Release
9/21/2011
Posted by Carmen Balber
WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog today told a Senate committee that Google’s reach is so pervasive on the Internet that consumers cannot avoid its massive data collection apparatus. The public interest group said one possible remedy is breaking up the Internet giant, which exercises monopoly power over search and consumer data. Do...
News Story
9/21/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
People flee before the Google-bashing mimes. (Credit: Greg Sandoval/CNET) WASHINGTON, D.C.-- Staffers in the U.S. Senate were spied on today--not by any one of our country's enemies. They were tailed by that most unholy of creatures: the mime. To illustrate Google's alleged data-collection abuses, Consumer Watchdog, a...
Blog Post
9/21/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Here's a round-up of articles, quotes, pics and video of today's events around Washington DC covering our "Google Track Team", in town to draw attention to Google's creepy tracking and anti-trust behavior during Google CEO Eric Schmidt's testimony before Congress: Consumer Watchdog's "Google Track Team"...
News Story
9/21/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog sent a "Google Ice Cream Truck" to an exec's home Wednesday morning Wednesday was not a very fun day for Google in Washington, though much fun was had at Google’s expense by a consumer advocacy group that used theatrical tactics to criticize the giant on the day that its former CEO was set to be...
News Story
9/21/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
It's a lousy radio story.  But here's my vote for the most creative protest this week. The press release from Consumer Watchdog promises "a troupe of mimes – dressed in white “Google Track Team” suits and wearing Google “Wi-Spy” glasses – will follow people around Dirksen Senate Office...