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News Story
6/17/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Santa Monica organization calls on DMV to lengthen testing time frame for road tests of tech giant's fleet A Westside group is calling on California’s Department of Motor Vehicles to slow the rush to get self-driving vehicles on the road, less than a month before residents can begin applying for permits to be test drivers for the cars....
News Story
6/17/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
What's Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL) really getting with its just-announced $500 million acquisition of satellite manufacturer Skybox Imaging? While the search giant is expected to integrate the company's satellite imagery into Google Maps, Skybox CEO Dan Berkenstock sees huge potential for Google to gather valuable competitive...
News Story
6/16/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast. SANTA MONICA (CBSLA.com) — A Westside consumer advocacy group wants the DMV to hit the brakes on putting driverless cars on California roads. KNX 1070′s Megan Goldsby reports Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog sent a letter to officials alleging the Google prototypes need at...
News Release
6/10/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today warned the California Department of Motor Vehicles not to succumb to pressure from Google and others with a vested interest in developing “driverless cars” to rush to adopt regulations for the public use of the vehicles that are inadequate to protect our safety. “We urge the DMV...
News Story
6/10/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
A consumer group wants the California Department of Motor Vehicles to slow Google’s rush to get driverless cars on the road. Consumer Watchdog said the state’s regulations don’t allow enough time to test the self-driving cars before allowing them on California streets and highways. “We urge the DMV to follow a sensible and...
News Story
6/5/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Privacy advocates list protections needed in AT&T's planned location-based service to prevent credit-card fraud AT&T's plans for a location-based service that would track a mobile phone user to prevent credit-card fraud has raised concerns among privacy advocates who want strict rules on the use of the data. [Location-tracking...
News Story
4/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
“Forget Big Brother – Google is better!” Those were the words of German media executive Mathias Döpfner in his April 17 open letter to Google chairman Eric Schmidt, in which he stated his fear that Google envisions a world with no antitrust and privacy protections. Coincidentally, Döpfner’s letter came a few days after Google issued a...
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...