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News Story
6/15/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
A consumer rights group wants the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to address growing online privacy concerns by requiring websites to honor do-no-track requests. Consumer Watchdog filed a formal petition on Monday calling for new FCC rules forcing companies like Google, Facebook, Pandora and Netflix to respect do-not-track requests from a...
News Story
6/15/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The advocacy group Consumer Watchdog wants the Federal Communications Commission to regulate how Facebook, Google and other Web companies protect consumers' privacy. The organization argues in a petition filed today that Web companies shouldn't be allowed to share data with ad networks about consumers who have activated do-not-track. The...
News Story
6/15/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
A consumer group on Monday asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to force web service providers like Google to honor users’ requests that their information not be collected and sold. The group, Consumer Watchdog, said in its petition that “edge providers,” or companies that provide services over the Internet,...
News Story
6/15/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules just went into effect last Friday and at least one group is jumping to take advantage of them. Consumer Watchdog petitioned the FCC on Monday to force edge providers like Google and Facebook to honor Do Not Track requests from a consumer’s browser. The public interest group...
News Story
6/15/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog has petitioned the FCC to come up with a new rule requiring edge providers to honor "do not track" requests from Web users. (http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/resources/fccdntpetiton061515.pdf). The FCC decided in reclassifying ISP's under common carrier regs to apply Sec. 222 Title II protections for customer...
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6/15/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog today petitioned the Federal Communications Commission to enact rules that would require Internet companies known as “edge providers”, such as Google and Facebook, to honor Do Not Track requests sent from a consumer’s web browser.
News Release
4/24/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today welcomed the demise of the Comcast -Time Warner Cable deal in the face of strong objections by federal regulators as a victory for consumers and the public interest group called on the Federal Communications Commission and Justice Department to block the pending merger of AT&T and DIRECTV. When...
News Story
4/23/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The first quarter of 2015 has seen Google’s lobbying budget soar. According to reports by a non-profit group Maplight, Google’s lobbying budget has shot up by 43 percent, going up from $3.82 million to $5.47 million. Google is the only tech company among the top 5 spenders. The Chamber of Commerce of the USA spent $13.8 on lobbying...
News Release
4/21/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC -- Google spent a record $5.47 million on lobbying during the first quarter of 2015, an increase of 43 percent from $3.82 million in the comparable 2014 period, according to disclosures just filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Comcast, which is seeking approval from the Federal Communications Commission and the...
News Story
4/21/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Google is under investigation in Europe over allegations it abused its dominance in search, while Comcast is seeking approval to merge with TWC Google spent a record $5.47m on lobbying during the first quarter of 2015, an increase of 43% from $3.82m in theprevious year, according to figures compiled by non-profit group Consumer Watchdog. According...