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12/19/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Target says anyone who made purchases by swiping cards at terminals in its U.S. stores between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15 may have had their accounts exposed. The stolen data includes customer names, credit and debit card numbers, card expiration dates and the three-digit security codes located on the backs of cards. The stolen information included...
News Story
12/16/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously on Dec. 14 to cancel a move that would have put the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and other criminal justice personnel on Google’s cloud-based email system. While the city’s other employees will stay on Google’s Gmail, city officials believe that the security requirements...
News Release
12/15/2011
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on Los Angeles officials to demand Google remove a deceptive video featuring Los Angeles City employees from a website marketing the Internet giant’s Google Apps for Government “cloud computing” service. The call for action came in a letter to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa...
News Story
10/13/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
WASHINGTON, DC -- The Social Security Administration has failed to inform tens of thousands of Americans that it accidentally released their names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers in an electronic database widely used by U.S. business groups. The federal agency has kept silent about a potentially harmful security breach of the...
News Story
10/3/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Facebook has touched a nerve with a broad range of critics upset about the social network's latest batch of online sharing technology. Ten consumer and privacy groups have joined Reps. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Joe Barton, R-Tex., in calling on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate new sharing mechanisms designed to accelerate the...
News Story
9/22/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Mimes who pretended to gather strangers’ personal information and free ice cream were part of a consumer group's message Wednesday that Google has too much information about its users.   Washington, D.C. - infoZine - Scripps Howard Foundation Wire - Consumer Watchdog sponsored the activities in advance of a Senate hearing...
News Release
9/21/2011
Posted by Carmen Balber
WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog today told a Senate committee that Google’s reach is so pervasive on the Internet that consumers cannot avoid its massive data collection apparatus. The public interest group said one possible remedy is breaking up the Internet giant, which exercises monopoly power over search and consumer data. Do...
News Story
9/21/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
People flee before the Google-bashing mimes. (Credit: Greg Sandoval/CNET) WASHINGTON, D.C.-- Staffers in the U.S. Senate were spied on today--not by any one of our country's enemies. They were tailed by that most unholy of creatures: the mime. To illustrate Google's alleged data-collection abuses, Consumer Watchdog, a...
News Story
9/21/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
The Google chairman, Eric Schmidt, faces a Senate grilling over the power of the internet giant. Click here to read the entire post. 1.54pm: Mimes are fairly polite for Consumer Watchdog standards. The group put out a couple of videos featuring an animated Eric Schmidt as a deeply creepy ice cream truck salesman stealing children's...
News Story
9/21/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog sent a "Google Ice Cream Truck" to an exec's home Wednesday morning Wednesday was not a very fun day for Google in Washington, though much fun was had at Google’s expense by a consumer advocacy group that used theatrical tactics to criticize the giant on the day that its former CEO was set to be...