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News Release
9/19/2011
Posted by Carmen Balber
WASHINGTON – Consumer Watchdog’s latest online animated video debuted today, satirizing Google CEO Larry Page and Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt to dramatize Google’s information monopoly and make the case for Do Not Track Legislation. The video, “Supercharge,” exposes actual quotes by the executives and shows the...
Blog Post
9/19/2011
Posted by Jamie Court
Google executive Eric Schmidt will finally testify on Capitol Hill this week after our year and a half long campaign to bring him to the Congress. We launched this new animated video today to welcome him. Called “Supercharge,” the third avatar animation in our “Don’t Be Evil” series exposes actual quotes by Schmidt...
News Story
9/18/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
When Google chairman Eric Schmidt heads to Washington this week to testify before Congress, political theater will follow him. Consumer Watchdog, an advocacy group critical of Google's gathering of personal information, is planning a barrage of stunts, a video, and testimony to highlight the dangers of the Web giant's growing power....
News Story
8/18/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Its $12.5-billion purchase has raised antitrust concerns. But there are no sure bets in the tech world. Google scraped together $12.5 billion from its petty cash fund this week to acquire Motorola Mobility Holdings, which once was a top manufacturer of cellphones and still is a leading maker of cable-TV converter boxes. Google executives...
Blog Post
8/17/2011
Posted by Judy Dugan
FICO, the company that decides your credit score, is now predicting, for profit, whether you're likely to take your prescription drugs on schedule. No matter why FICO says they're doing it (insurance companies are their obvious clients) this is wrong in so many ways that it's hard to know where to start. For one thing,...
News Story
7/15/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Why has economic inequality increased so radically in the United States over the last generation? General explanations range from globalization to the decline in trade unions to rising returns to education -- and therefore the loss of income to the less educated. These all no doubt play a role but in an age of information, what is...
Video
7/8/2011
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Consumer Watchdog's Carmen Balber discusses the grave situation of being mistakenly declared dead.
News Story
7/7/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to watch news video clip on this story. CLEVELAND - It doesn't take much searching to find full social security numbers of people who have died. But a Scripps Howard News Service investigation found some of these dead people are actually alive. "It's very hard to prove you're alive when the paper says you're...
News Release
2/15/2011
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC — Consumer Watchdog today welcomed the creation of a new Senate subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law, to be chaired by Sen. Al Franken, D-MN, and urged the panel to hold hearings on the Google Wi-Spy scandal. The nonpartisan, nonprofit public interest group also said the new committee should consider Do Not Track...
News Story
2/11/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Google has a policy of prohibiting deceptive advertising, such as those placed by mortgage fraudsters, however one group says the giant search engine company doesn't typically ban misleading ads from a questionable advertiser until after a company is sued by federal regulators. The nonprofit is calling for the company whose name has become a...