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News Story
2/11/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Just a day after Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., rolled out his latest online privacy legislation, Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., unveiled a package of bills Friday that includes a "do-not-track" requirement giving consumers the option to opt-out of being tracked while browsing online. One bill features the "do-not-track" option...
News Release
2/10/2011
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC -- Google has become a leading purveyor of ads by scammers who prey on struggling homeowners, according to a study released today by Consumer Watchdog, and the nonpartisan, nonprofit public interest group has asked the Federal Trade Commission to stop the Internet giant from hosting the ads.   “Because Google so far...
News Release
2/9/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
WASHINGTON, DC — A new USA Today/Gallup poll that found most Americans are worried about privacy and viruses when using Facebook or Google  confirms an earlier poll by Consumer Watchdog and underscores the need for a Do Not Track mechanism to protect consumers online, the nonpartisan, nonprofit group said today. The poll was released...
News Story
2/7/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the podcast of this broadcast. Both supporters and opponents of the health care law routinely refer to the requirement that most people get health insurance or pay a penalty as the measure's "linchpin." But is it? Not everyone thinks so. "The biggest fear is that without mandatory health insurance,...
Blog Post
2/3/2011
Posted by John M. Simpson
Next week will be a busy one in Washington for online privacy as at least two bills are expected to be introduced in the House.  Rep. Jackie Speier, D-CA, plans to offer Do Not Track legislation and Rep. Bobby Rush, D- IL, is expected to re-introduce his online privacy bill. There's activity outside Congress as well. Also in the House...
News Story
2/1/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Search Giant Comes Over All Shy, For Once Google has been called on to give greater transparency to its lobbying in Washington following its refusal to release details from a presentation that seeks to persuade governmental policy makers and regulators of its compliance to competitiveness rules. Consumer Watchdog, which describes itself as a...
News Story
2/1/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog has taken their public war of words with Google to a whole new level. The group’s recent 32-page report generates complaints that suggest Google is benefitting from US corporatism. We first covered the release of Consumer Watchdog’s new satirical video “Mr. Schmidt Goes to Washington” and the...
News Release
1/31/2011
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA — Consumer Watchdog today called on Google to end the secrecy surrounding its lobbying efforts in Washington after the Internet giant refused to release an 89-page presentation it is showing to policymakers and regulators in the nation’s capital. The call came as the Internet giant’s lobbying spending soared...
News Story
1/31/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Google has since stopped the collection of Wi-Fi data, used to provide location-based services such as driving directions in Google Maps and other products, by Street View cars. WASHINGTON, DC (AFP) – The US state of Connecticut said Friday it would hold negotiations with Google over the collection of private wireless data by its Street...
News Story
1/31/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Google dropped $5.16 million on lobbyists in 2010, according to the Lobbying Disclosure Act Database. The sum represents a 29% increase over the $4 million the company spent in 2009. The search giant hired its first lobbyists in 2006 and has increased its spending in the category every year since. With issues like net neutrality, online...