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News Story
8/10/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Click here to view this news segment. SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5) ― The nation's largest provider of satellite television service is getting some static from consumers. There are now more than 40,000 complaints against DIRECTV on the Better Business Bureau's website. The company's also facing some lawsuits over its pricing and cancellation...
Blog Post
8/10/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A big New York foundation once told me years ago that privacy is the last thing people in the developing world have to worry about. It was a nice way of saying no to funding for my consumer group's privacy project, but the line rang out to me again this week as new reporting at the Wall Street Journal brings into focus the great privacy betrayals...
News Release
8/9/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Google and Verizon's new joint broadband proposal pays lip service to the idea of "net neutrality," but actually would completely undermine the open and free Internet we enjoy, Consumer Watchdog said today. There are two fundamental flaws, said John M. Simpson, consumer advocate with the nonpartisan, nonprofit public...
News Release
8/9/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Is Internet Giant’s Technology Being Used to Spy On Americans? WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The FBI and DEA are now making extensive use of Google Earth, according to federal spending records. Consumer Watchdog is filing Freedom of Information Act requests with the agencies today to determine how the Internet giant’s digital mapping technology...
News Story
8/9/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Click here to listen to the audio of this news segment. California — New rules designed to make it tougher for health insurers to cancel policies in California take effect next week. The regulations from the state's insurance commissioner support new federal laws. Insurers have argued they have the right to terminate a policy if a person...
News Story
8/9/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Google Inc. and Verizon Inc. in a joint conference call Monday spoke out against blocking, prioritizing or slowing down wired Internet traffic. The new broadband proposal by Mountain View-based Google and Verizon will not net neutrality, the companies said. Both say they think the Federal Communications Commission should levy fines to those who...
News Story
8/6/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Milo Yiannopoulos Wonders if the Company's Glory Days Are Ancient History When a big software company starts investing in social, that’s when you know they’re in trouble. So when I saw the rumors this week that Google had bought Slide at an eyebrow-raising valuation of $182 million – after  previously investing over $100...
News Story
8/5/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SAN FRANCISCO — Online freedom advocates fear that Google is changing allegiance in the battle to stop Internet service providers from giving preferential treatment to those that pay. The concerns surfaced amid reports in the New York Times and elsewhere that as early as Friday Google and Verizon could announce that online traffic such as...
News Release
8/5/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SANTA MONICA, CA — Google is compromising a long standing principle it claimed to support in an effort to boost profits as it backs away from a key premise of an open Internet — “net neutrality,” Consumer Watchdog said today. Net neutrality — the idea that all data is treated equally by Internet service providers...
News Story
7/30/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Click here to listen to broadcast of story. Investors at the CIA and Google are backing a company called "Recorded Future" that monitors tens of thousands of websites, blogs and Twitter accounts in real time in order to find patterns, events and relationships that may predict the future. The news comes amidst Google’s so-called...