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News Story
9/15/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Don’t expect the furor to die down soon regarding the massive data breach that hit consumer credit rating firm Equifax and potentially exposed the personal information of 143 million customers. At the behest of Republicans serving on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Equifax CEO Richard Smith was invited (or, better put, formally...
News Story
9/13/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Listen to story:   mp3 (Duration: 21:06 — 19.3MB)   FEATURING JAMIE COURT – The oldest credit reporting company in the US, Equifax announced this month that a massive data breach by hacking has compromised the personal information of about 143 million people, mostly in the US but also in the UK and Canada. The multi-billion...
News Release
12/1/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Airbnb’s release of anonymized data about people who use its site to rent their property “will give New York City the necessary information to craft needed regulations and to enforce them” while still protecting privacy, Consumer Watchdog said today. The nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest group stated...
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 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
3/19/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
LOS ANGELES — The cars of the future are heading toward a dealership near you — without a human being at the wheel. To Google Inc. and the other corporations that are investing millions of dollars to develop them, driverless, or autonomous, vehicles are a revolutionary combination of automotive and robotics technology that will yield...
News Story
3/18/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Foreshadowing a clash between carmakers and a prominent auto insurance company, Sen. Bill Monning on Tuesday unveiled a bill to loosen car manufacturers’ grip on data generated by vehicles. Framed by a computer-equipped car parked on the steps of the state Capitol, the Carmel Democrat said his Senate Bill 994 would allow consumers to see...
News Story
3/14/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
There’s a lot of questions when it comes to how to regulate driverless cars—Can you “operate” one if you’re drunk? What if you’re blind? When should a person have to take over? Who is at fault if one crashes? But then there’s one that hasn’t gotten a lot of attention, especially because the...
Video
3/12/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
It's coming, "driverless cars" could be commercially available sooner than you think. The California DMV held a public hearing to solicit ideas on how to integrate driverless cars — sometimes called "autonomous vehicles" — onto public roads.California regulators are now listening to issues data privacy and...