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Blog Post
12/5/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
Recent action by the 28 privacy regulators in Europe is focusing new attention on the so-called “right to be forgotten.”  The right is the topic this week at U.S. News and World Report’s Debate Club where I make the case that the right simply brings into the Digital Age the protections of privacy by obscurity. Marc...
Blog Post
8/29/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
An $8.5 million settlement  in a class action privacy lawsuit against Google “doesn’t pass the smell test” a federal judge said at a fairness hearing on the proposed deal Friday in San Jose, CA, indicating he will likely reject it. Five consumer privacy groups — Consumer Watchdog, the Electronic Privacy Information...
News Release
8/27/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Five consumer privacy groups today emphasized their continuing opposition to a proposed $8.5 million settlement in a class action suit against Google for privacy violations in the way it handled users’ search data because the proposed deal provides no benefit to class members. In a letter to Judge Edward J. Davila, the...
News Story
8/27/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Five privacy organizations are asking a judge to scuttle Google's $8.5 million settlement of a class-action privacy lawsuit. “The proposed settlement is bad for consumers and does nothing to change Google’s business practices,” the Electronic Privacy Information Center,  Center for Digital Democracy, Consumer Watchdog,...
Blog Post
6/17/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
Consumer Watchdog has joined the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and 25 other  organizations in telling President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder not to seek re-authorization of the National Security Agency's bulk telephone record collection. "We write to urge you not to renew the Section 215 Bulk Telephony...
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 Story
1/3/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO — For privacy advocates, these are heady days. European leaders are weighing tough new online data protection rules—and costly penalties for violators—for their 500 million residents. The courts and Congress have placed a bullseye on U.S. National Security Agency surveillance programs. Even dictionary.com declared...
News Story
11/27/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog joined the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and three other public interest groups on Oct. 16 in re-iterating their opposition to a proposed $8.5 million settlement in a class action suit against Google for privacy violations in the way it handled users' search data because proposed recipients of settlement funds...
News Release
10/16/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog joined the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and three other public interest groups today in re-iterating their opposition to a proposed $8.5 million settlement in a class action suit against Google for privacy violations in the way it handled users’ search data because proposed recipients of...
News Story
10/8/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog disclosed that it joined the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and three other public interest groups on Aug. 22 in opposing a proposed $8.5 million settlement in a class action suit against Google for privacy violations in the way it handled users' search data because of at least "three obvious deficiencies...