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News Release
4/1/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog has told the White House Team studying the Obama Administration’s policy towards “Big Data” that “people must be able to know what information is gathered about them, how long it is kept and for what the information will be used.” Consumer Watchdog also joined 21 other...
News Story
2/26/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Efforts to stop website from collecting online data face political pushback, tech issues SACRAMENTO -- At a legislative hearing last week, state lawmakers grilled credit card companies and retailers about their efforts to protect consumer data from breaches like those at Target and Neiman Marcus stores. But consumer advocates said no amount of...
News Story
1/16/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Most states have their own "security breach laws" requiring companies to notify consumers if their credit card numbers have been stolen The recent data breach at Target highlights the growing role of states in protecting people's online data and privacy. Attorneys general in Connecticut, Illinois and New York are leading a multistate...
News Release
11/14/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog has endorsed the bipartisan, bicameral Do Not Track Kids bill introduced in Congress today, but added that all users of the Internet should be entitled to protection by a Do Not Track law. “This bill would provide important protection for teens and is a significant step forward,” said John M...
News Story
11/14/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
It would extend digital privacy protections to teens 13-15 Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.) aren't giving up on passing legislation to extend online and mobile privacy protections to teens 13 to 15. On Thursday, the privacy duo, along with Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), re-introduced the Do Not Track...
News Story
11/14/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Lawmakers in the House and Senate introduced legislation today that would impose new restrictions on companies' ability to collect data from children. The “Do Not Track Kids” Act would amend the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act by prohibiting Web companies from collecting personal information from teens under 16 without...
News Story
10/30/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Tech companies, online advertisers and privacy advocates will continue their attempts to outline a Do Not Track tool will continue, co-chairs of the World Wide Web Consortium's Do Not Track working group said Tuesday. The group — which is trying to create a tool that would allow users to opt-out of online tracking — has faced...
News Story
10/12/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The following letter to the editor was published in The New York Times on Saturday, October 12, 2013: To the Editor: Your editorial urging “lawmakers to pass legislation that sets clear rules that would regulate and limit how businesses collect personal information, what they can use it for and how long they keep it” is absolutely...
News Story
10/12/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Google has altered its Terms of Service to allow it to plaster users' names, photos and lots of other info all over relevant ads, a move that has privacy advocates up in arms. True, there are opt-out provisions, but essentially Google wants "to turn their users into unpaid pitchmen for advertisers," said Consumer Watchdog's John...
News Story
10/11/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Users will be able to opt out of Google featuring their names and photos in shared endorsements IDG News Service (Washington, D.C., Bureau) — Google will feature users in advertisements that run on its suite of websites when those users recommend products or stores. Starting Nov. 11, Google ads will begin to feature recommendations that...