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News Release
6/27/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on U.S. antitrust regulators to act against Google’s anti-competitive practices in the wake of the European Commission’s record $2.7 billion fine against Google for violating antitrust law and illegally favoring its comparison shopping service over competitors in its search...
News Release
4/20/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today urged the Federal Trade Commission to file antitrust charges against Alphabet Inc.’s Google for using its monopoly power over the Android operating system to stifle competition and unfairly drive consumers to its own services. The call from the nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest group came...
News Story
12/17/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
US tech firm has stepped up lobbying efforts with $3.5m charm offensive to persuade EU to drop punitive action over alleged abuse of monopoly position Google enlisted members of the US congress, whose election campaigns it had funded, to pressure the European Union to drop a €6bn antitrust case which threatens to decimate the US tech firm...
News Story
11/13/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
A group of around 40 privacy groups from both sides of the Atlantic on Friday wrote to European Union and U.S. officials to say the proposal for a new data transfer agreement is insufficient to protect privacy and will likely be struck down by regulators and Europe's high court.  “A revised Safe Harbor framework similar to the...
News Story
10/7/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Washington was abuzz Tuesday after a European Union Court of Justice invalidated a long-standing safe-harbor agreement for the transfer of EU member data to the U.S. The decision was based on revelations about NSA mass surveillance leaked by Edward Snowden and what that said about the ability of U.S. companies to guarantee data privacy....
News Story
10/7/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Luxembourg (AFP) - Facebook and other Internet giants could be barred from sending European citizens' personal information to the US after the EU's top court on Tuesday struck down a key transatlantic data deal in the wake of the Edward Snowden scandal. The landmark verdict stemmed from a case lodged by Austrian law student Max Schrems,...
News Release
10/6/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog welcomed a ruling today by the Court of Justice of the European Union that invalidates the 15-year-old “Safe Harbor” deal that allowed Europeans’ personal information to be sent to the United States. The nonpartisan, nonprofit public interest group called on Congress to enact...
News Story
10/3/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
European idea could be spreading When Europe’s highest court ruled last year that citizens have a “right to be forgotten” on the Internet, many legal scholars and privacy advocates doubted the decision would have much impact in the United States, land of the First Amendment. Now they aren’t so sure. Data regulators in...
News Story
9/13/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Liza Tucker is a consumer advocate with the nonprofit group Consumer Watchdog. Imagine your 18-year-old daughter is decapitated in a car accident. Gruesome police photographs of her body are leaked onto the Internet. Every time someone searches your family’s name, the photos pop up at the top of the page. That’s what happened to...
News Story
8/2/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Nine years ago, Nikki, the 18-year-old daughter of Christos and Lesli Catsouras, died in a horrific automobile crash in Orange County. Graphic confidential police investigative photos of her remains were leaked and posted on the Internet. Today, those gruesome images are still linked to her name and the names of other Catsouras family members in...