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Blog Post
5/8/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
The Federal Trade Commission has just settled a major privacy case with Snapchat, the developer of a popular messaging app.  Snapchat promised its users that pictures and videos, called "snaps" would quickly disappear after being viewed by the recipient. As the developer put it in its FAQs, according to the FTC: Is there any way...
News Release
1/22/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Google’s social network, Google+, relies on a flagrant and fundamental privacy design flaw that is an unfair business practice, Consumer Watchdog said today in a formal complaint to the Federal Trade Commission. In addition, the nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest group said that the Internet giant’s plan...
News Story
1/22/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Google, through its plan to link Gmail addresses to its Google+ social network, is violating a privacy agreement the company made with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, a long-time critic of the company’s privacy practices said in a complaint to the agency. Google+ also has a “flagrant and fundamental privacy design flaw”...
Blog Post
4/15/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
Details of Google's proposed settlement with the European Union to avoid antitrust charges have been leaking out of Brussels over the weekend. And while EU competition authorities appear to have accomplished more that the gentle tap on the wrist meted out by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the deal as so far revealed doesn't do enough...
News Release
2/28/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog today praised Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W VA) for introducing a Do-Not-Track bill, which would charge the Federal Trade Commission with establishing standards by which consumers could tell online companies, including mobile applications, that they do not want their information collected. Under the bill,...
Blog Post
2/27/2013
Posted by Jamie Court
If you think the price you are paying at the pump today is too high, what do you think will happen if there are even fewer oil companies providing your gasoline? Consumer Watchdog has been working to stop the merger of BP and Tesoro in California -- which would leave two gasoline refiners controlling more than 50% of the gasoline market. That...
Blog Post
12/4/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
Joshua Wright, nominee to the Federal Trade Commission faced tough grilling before the Senate Commerce Committee Tuesday and his answers did nothing to change my view that he is a bad choice for the Commission. In in a written statement about the hearing Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WVA) voiced his concerns this way: "Our final nominee is...
News Release
11/29/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog today called on Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W.VA) to oppose Joshua Wright’s Nomination to the Federal Trade Commission, saying, “We cannot imagine a nominee who is more ill suited to serve as a Commissioner.” In a letter to Sen. Rockefeller, John M. Simpson, the...
Blog Post
11/29/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
Should one company be able to control how you use the Internet and what you see? Google -- with 70% of online search and 90% of mobile search markets -- is increasingly doing this.  Evidence before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) shows that Google skews its results towards its own services and commercial priorities, when consumers believe...
Blog Post
11/19/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
A federal judge's ruling late Friday in a key privacy case demonstrates the need to implement tough "Do Not Track" rules and to take decisive action on the antitrust front against Google. Judge Susan Illston approved the Federal Trade Commission's $22.5 million settlement with the Internet giant for hacking past privacy settings...