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Video
3/23/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Jamie Court with Consumer Watchdog explains how companies need to provide more protection for employees' personal and financial information after Lamps Plus employees' financial tax info was stolen.
News Story
10/9/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Twenty-five consumer groups urged the Federal Trade Commission and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Thursday to open an investigation into the recent Experian hack that exposed the personal information of nearly 15 million individuals. In a letter sent to FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez and CFPB Director Richard Cordray, the groups...
News Story
10/8/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Letter calls for investigation and asks ‘what’s the difference in security measures’ that allowed supposedly limited access to database of 200 million people Dozens of consumer privacy groups are calling for a US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigation into the data breach at credit agency and data broker Experian, saying...
News Story
5/22/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
BOSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - EBay Inc came under pressure on Thursday over a massive hacking of customer data as three U.S. states began investigating the e-commerce company's security practices. Connecticut, Florida and Illinois said they are jointly investigating the matter. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman requested eBay provide...
News Release
4/1/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog has told the White House Team studying the Obama Administration’s policy towards “Big Data” that “people must be able to know what information is gathered about them, how long it is kept and for what the information will be used.” Consumer Watchdog also joined 21 other...
News Story
3/31/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is considering a bill pay feature for Google Now, the company’s digital personal assistant. A framework for the potential feature was uncovered in lines of code that appeared in a recent software update (version 3.3) to Google’s main Search app for Android devices, uncovered by tech blog AndroidPolice....
News Story
3/7/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Fraud and scams cost Americans more than $1.6 billion last year. According to a report from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), there were more than 2 million cases of fraud in 2013, down slightly from the previous year. On average, there were 500 complaints per 100,000 residents in the 50 states. Eight of the 10 states with the highest rates had...
Blog Post
2/27/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
Data breaches at major retailers Target and Neiman Marcus during last year's holiday shopping season affected more than 100 million people and focused new attention on the need to protect person information stored online. While it's clear that tough data breach legislation must be enacted, California Attorney General Kamala Harris is...
Video
2/18/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
The California Assembly Judiciary and Assembly Banking and Finance Committees gathered today to discuss the data breaches atcompanies such as Target, Neiman Marcus and Michaels. Target and Neiman Marcus refused to attend. Jamie Court, president of Consumer Watchdog, appears before the committees to talk about why it happened and what can be done.
Blog Post
2/18/2014
Posted by Jamie Court
110 million Americans had their personal financial information breached at Target. That 's one out of two adult Americans. I was in Sacramento today to testify in front of a joint California Assembly committee hearing investigating the breach. And yet Target did not send a single representative to Sacramento today to answer questions about...