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9/21/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Listen to this Story Google's chairman Eric Schmidt will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee today. The tech company is under scrutiny for possible antitrust violations and uncompetitive practices. Jeremy Hobson: If you're searching for Google's chairman Eric Schmidt today, you can find him in the hot seat on Capitol...
News Release
9/19/2011
Posted by Carmen Balber
WASHINGTON – Consumer Watchdog’s latest online animated video debuted today, satirizing Google CEO Larry Page and Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt to dramatize Google’s information monopoly and make the case for Do Not Track Legislation. The video, “Supercharge,” exposes actual quotes by the executives and shows the...
News Story
9/1/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Europe's privacy regulators are advancing toward adopting much stricter do-not-track rules than what the U.S. online advertising industry prefers. A group called the European Union's Article 29 Data Protection Working Party wants to require data aggregators and advertising networks to obtain specific permission from each European...
News Release
8/31/2011
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Citing recent revelations that Google CEO Larry Page condoned Google’s criminal violation of laws prohibiting the importation of drugs to U.S. consumers by Canadian pharmacies, Consumer Watchdog called on the Senate Antitrust Subcommittee to require him to testify at its planned hearing in September. The Judiciary...
News Story
8/31/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
NEW YORK -- An organization of Internet advertisers took steps this week to protect Web surfers' privacy, but the system may be more bark than bite. Third-party advertisers regularly use information gathered from your browsing and buying habits to target you with relevant ads -- think, for instance, of how many times you've visited an...
News Release
8/29/2011
Posted by Carmen Balber
WASHINGTON, DC -- Consumer Watchdog said that the self-regulatory privacy program created by online advertisers and scheduled to take effect for some today fails to protect consumers from companies that track their behavior online. Legislation enacting a “Do Not Track Me” option is necessary to ensure consumers have an easy to use,...
News Story
8/29/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Privacy and consumer advocates are lambasting the online advertising industry's version of a do-not-track mechanism, slated to take worldwide effect today. Today is the deadline for members of the Interactive Advertising Bureau to embrace use of a turquoise triangle with a lowercase letter "i" at its center, referred to as the...
News Story
8/29/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
A privacy-protection program sponsored by the online advertising industry fails to protect consumers, highlighting the need for U.S. lawmakers to pass do-not-track legislation, according to Consumer Watchdog. The voluntary program, created by a coalition of online advertising and marketing groups, is designed to let consumers avoid being...
News Story
8/29/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog slams ad industry’s self-regulation effort. Consumer Watchdog today called for a federal law that would enable online shoppers to opt out of receiving ads based on their online behavior. The consumer advocacy group said an attempt by the digital advertising industry to self-regulate such marketing efforts fails to...
News Release
8/2/2011
Posted by Carmen Balber
Washington, DC – In a U.S. Senate Health committee hearing today examining the rapid pace of health insurance premium increases, a federal regulator told senators that the rate review provisions of the federal health care law are a powerful consumer protection tool, but that the authority to reject unjustified rates provides consumers...