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News Story
2/18/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
On Thursday night, President Barack Obama managed to secure what many of his colleagues were not: face time with Google CEO, Eric Schmidt. Consumer Watchdog, one of the more harshest critics of Google's dominance on the Internet, said it was "inappropriate" for the president to meet Schmidt in private while the search engine...
News Release
2/17/2011
Posted by John M. Simpson
Washington, DC – Consumer Watchdog told the Senate Judiciary Committee that it is, “deeply distressed to learn that President Obama is meeting with Google CEO Eric Schmidt today behind closed doors as the Justice Department is poised to render its decision on Google’s acquisition of ITA, which has caused deep concern within in...
Blog Post
2/15/2011
Posted by John M. Simpson
When an issue becomes the topic of a comic strip, you know it's on the nation's agenda. Online privacy crossed that threshold today in Scott Adams' Dilbert. I've been saying that the need to protect online privacy is one area where a bipartisan consensus in Washington may emerge.  All sorts of polls, including ours, have...
News Release
2/15/2011
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC — Consumer Watchdog today welcomed the creation of a new Senate subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law, to be chaired by Sen. Al Franken, D-MN, and urged the panel to hold hearings on the Google Wi-Spy scandal. The nonpartisan, nonprofit public interest group also said the new committee should consider Do Not Track...
Blog Post
2/15/2011
Posted by Jamie Court
The largely peaceful revolution in Cairo and Americans’ celebration of it raises the question: What would it take to mount a peaceful revolution in America against the Wall Street and corporate powerhouses that have turned the government against the best interests of our people? In America, the corporation is king and the abuses of...
News Story
2/14/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Proposed legislation is designed to protect Web users' privacy, prevent advertisers from monitoring online usage. An Internet version of the popular "Do Not Call" telephone legislation took a step toward reality on Friday, when a California Democrat introduced legislation in Congress designed to let consumers block unwanted...
News Story
2/12/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this broadcast. SAN MATEO, CA (KCBS) — A “Do Not Track” bill was introduced in Congress Friday and consumer and privacy advocates are applauding the move. The bill would give consumers the ability to choose whether or not to allow companies to monitor their behavior online. “...
News Release
2/11/2011
Posted by Carmen Balber
WASHINGTON, DC — “Do Not Track Me” legislation introduced in Congress today by Rep. Jackie Speier, D-CA, will let consumers block unwanted tracking of their information online, said the nonprofit Consumer Watchdog at a press conference today with the bill author and consumer and privacy advocates. The bill authorizes the...
News Story
2/11/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
A California congresswoman on Friday introduced a package of bills that includes an online "do not track" requirement for companies that collect personal information. Rep. Jackie Speier, a Democrat, introduced the Do Not Track Me Online Act of 2011, which would give the Federal Trade Commission 18 months to come up with standards for...
News Story
2/11/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
As browser companies roll out their own versions of "Do Not Track," Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) introduced a bill that would make implementing such technology a legal requirement. Speier says "The Do Not Track Me Online Act of 2011" would allow the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to enact and enforce regulations that...