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Blog Post
2/28/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
Google is forging ahead with its plan to launch its new privacy and data handling policies this Thursday despite objections from regulators on both sides of the Atlantic. A privacy policy is where an Internet company explains how they use the data they will gather about you. Actually, then it probably makes more sense to call it a "spy...
News Release
2/24/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Five consumer and privacy groups today joined in sending a letter to the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade calling for public hearings on Google planned privacy changes, rather than a secret briefing. The letter to Rep. Bono Mack, (R-CA) Chair and Rep. G.K. Butterfield, (D-NC) Ranking Member said:...
News Release
2/23/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – The Obama Administration's blueprint to protect online privacy with a "Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights" unveiled today could provide meaningful protections, Consumer Watchdog said, but warned that the test of its effectiveness will come as the implementation unfolds. The nonprofit, nonpartisan public...
News Release
2/22/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA --- Consumer Watchdog today praised state attorneys general for voicing their concerns about Google’s changes in privacy polices and asking for a meeting with the Internet giant’s CEO Larry Page. Attorneys general from 35 other states and territories joined Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler in sending the...
News Release
2/22/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ agreement announced today committing the leading operators of mobile application platforms to require privacy policies for applications ("apps") is a step forward, Consumer Watchdog said, but in addition “Do Not Track” regulations must be implemented...
News Story
2/22/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
A volunteer-backed citizens’ group calling itself Consumer Watchdog is pushing an initiative that would give the state insurance commissioner the power to reject excessive hikes in health care rates. Current Commissioner Dave Jones complained during a San Diego appearance last July that although 1988’s Prop 103 gives him the power...
News Story
2/21/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
It seems no good deed goes unpunished. A temporarily disabled Korean War veteran in California is suing the Senior Health Insurance Company of Pennsylvania (SHIP) for allegedly engaging in deceptive practices to avoid paying claims the plaintiff says should have been covered. Long-term insurance company sued in California for evading payment...
News Story
2/20/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this news broadcast. Consumer advocates are trying to get a measure on the fall ballot that would allow the state to regulate health insurance premiums. SAN DIEGO — Signatures are being collected on an initiative that would allow state regulators to control the price of health insurance. The measure...
News Story
2/18/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Three congressmen on Friday called on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Google Inc., after The Wall Street Journal reported that the Internet giant was bypassing privacy settings of people who used Apple Inc.'s Web browser on phones and computers. The lawmakers—Edward J. Markey (D., Mass.), Joe Barton (R., Texas) and Cliff...
News Story
2/18/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- Google was under fire Friday after it was revealed the Internet giant's ad-targeting "cookies" bypassed track-blocking software on Apple's web browser for iPhones and computers. Snippets of code called "cookies" from Google three online ad specialty firms slipped past tracker-blocking safeguards...