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6/15/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
MENLO PARK -- The dark thoughts that flow through the minds of people contemplating suicide might find their way to a social media site, and Facebook wants to make it easier for friends and family to help. The tech firm on Tuesday said it is rolling out worldwide tools aimed at preventing suicide, expanding its reach beyond the United States....
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6/14/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
This morning, an appellate court issued a long-awaited decision upholding the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules, which classified broadband access as a utility service. The regulations -- passed 3-2 last year -- include so-called "bright-line" prohibitions that prevent Internet service providers from blocking...
News Release
6/14/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Today’s federal appeals court ruling upholding the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules and saying broadband internet access providers can be regulated like telephone companies is a big win for consumers, Consumer Watchdog said, adding that the FCC must now rapidly enact important privacy...
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6/14/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Groups continue to weigh in in wake of decision Both sides of the debate over the FCC's network neutrality rules continued to weigh in Tuesday several hours after the Title II-based Open Internet order was upheld in its entirety by a D.C. federal court. The court said it was not weighing in on whether the FCC should have done...
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6/7/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Representatives of Consumer Watchdog have talked with top counselors to FCC chairman Tom Wheeler to warn that the FCC's set-top proposal does not contain sufficient teeth to protect consumer privacy from mass data collection and monetizing by Google and others. According to an ex parte filing on the phone call, they told the FCC that it...
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6/4/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
I think most of us can agree that the internet poses some unique and wide-scale risks to our privacy. Our every move online can be -- and often is -- tracked. In the past, it might have been hard for companies or the government to know your interests, political leanings, religious affiliation or health problems. But they can glean all that and...
News Release
4/21/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC -- Google slashed spending on lobbying by 25.5 percent in the first quarter of 2016 to $3.80 million, while AT&T reported the highest lobbying outlay at $4.48 million among a group of 16 tech and communications companies monitored by Consumer Watchdog. Google spent $5.10 million in the comparable 2015 period and AT&T’s...
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4/21/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Twitter and Uber both ramped up their efforts to influence members of Congress through political lobbying in the first three months of the year, reveals new data. According to disclosures filed on Wednesday, both companies stood out among their peers in the tech industry, which registered a marginal increase or even lowered their...
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4/21/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Alphabet (GOOGL)-owned Google, Apple (AAPL) and Comcast (CMCSA) have slashed spending on D.C. lobbying, according to a report Thursday from Consumer Watchdog. Still, Consumer Watchdog Privacy Project Director John Simpson said in a statement, “It’s important to understand just how much money these companies are throwing around in...
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2/25/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Do you ever wonder why U.S. cable companies aren't more heavily regulated? One possible reason: Comcast and other telcos spent more on lobbying last year than the aerospace and real estate industries, according to Open Secrets. It's no surprise that money buys political influence, but a recent report from Open Secrets, a non-...