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Blog Post
3/16/2011
Posted by John M. Simpson
The Obama Administration threw its weight behind privacy legislation Wednesday as Assistant Commerce Secretary Lawrence Strickling testified before the Senate Commerce Committee about online privacy. Clearly Washington is focusing on privacy issues, but will meaningful consumer protections be enacted? There is cause for concern. It's the...
News Release
3/16/2011
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A "multi-stakeholder process" to develop online privacy codes advocated today by the Obama Administration runs the risk of being dominated by industry and failing to protect consumers if it is not organized in a fair and balanced manner, six public interest groups warned. The groups include Consumer Watchdog, The...
Blog Post
3/11/2011
Posted by John M. Simpson
The Senate Antitrust Subcommittee plan to examine Google's activities for possible antitrust violations, is the latest indication that the Internet giant's behavior is drawing increasingly skeptical -- and well deserved -- scrutiny in the nation's capital. I'm just back from Washington were I was discussing online privacy...
News Release
3/3/2011
Posted by Carmen Balber
Washington DC – The lobby for health insurance salespeople seeks to rewrite the health reform law to guarantee broker income at the cost of increasing consumer premiums, said Consumer Watchdog Thursday.   Legislation backed by lobbyists for insurance brokers and independent agents would let insurance companies pay commissions on...
Blog Post
2/24/2011
Posted by John M. Simpson
Concerned with the way Google was gathering social security numbers from children in connection with its "Doodle 4 Google" contest, I wrote to Reps. Ed Markey, D-MA, and Joe Barton, R-TX, calling for hearings into the incident as well as a look at the Google Wi-Spy scandal. I sent the letter via email around noon today and later this...
Blog Post
2/24/2011
Posted by Judy Dugan
The hilarity of the day: A journalist at a little online alternative magazine, the Buffalo Beast, made a cold call to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Posing as energy megabillionaire and Tea Party funder David Koch, Beast editor Ian Murphy not only got past some oblivious staff members to get Walker on the phone, the Tea Party-backed governor...
News Story
2/24/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
A frequent Google critic Thursday called on the House co-chairmen of the Congressional Privacy Caucus to push for hearings into Google's request for the last four digits of the Social Security numbers from children seeking to participate in an art contest the Internet firm sponsored. In a letter to Reps. Joe Barton, R-Texas, and Ed Markey...
News Story
2/24/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog has sent a letter to the co-chairmen of the House Privacy Caucus, asking for hearings to inquire why Google solicited partial Social Security numbers for its Doodle 4 Google contest. The two co-chairman of the caucus said later on Thursday that they have agreed to a hearing. A Google spokesman acknowledged that the search...
News Release
2/24/2011
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC -- Consumer Watchdog today asked Rep. Ed Markey, D-MA, and Rep. Joe Barton, R-TX, to seek hearings examining why Google gathered children’s social security numbers in entry forms for its “Doodle 4 Google” contest. The hearing should also investigate the Wi-Spy scandal. In a letter to the Congressmen, who are co-...
News Release
2/18/2011
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC — Consumer Watchdog today called on the Federal Trade Commission to create a “Do Not Track Me” mechanism to protect consumers’ online privacy and added that such a mechanism must have the force of law behind it. The nonpartisan, nonprofit public interest group made the call in comments filed on The Federal...