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News Release
2/27/2015
Posted by Cody Rosenfield
SANTA MONICA, CA – The proposed Privacy Bill of Rights Act released by the White House today fails to adequately protect consumer privacy and allows industry to dominate making the rules that would govern corporate behavior, Consumer Watchdog said. “The bill envisions a process where industry will dominate in developing codes of...
News Story
2/6/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Argue for deeper dive into consolidation of data trackers/aggregators/marketers Consumer groups are pushing the Federal Trade Commission to take a more muscular approach to vetting consolidation in the era of Big Data, including launching an investigation into the impact on the public of consolidation in "consumer offline and online data...
News Story
2/6/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission should launch an investigation into the growing consolidation of big data analytics firms and digital marketing companies, a coalition of four privacy groups said Friday. A recent spate of acquisitions in the big data and digital marketing industries raises privacy concerns about “companies amassing...
News Story
2/6/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Late last year, when Oracle announced it had reached a deal to purchase Datalogix, a targeting shop known for connecting offline purchases to online ads, some privacy advocates quickly raised the alarm. “Through the data it gathers on what we buy, and with its relationship with Facebook and other powerful marketers, Datalogix consists of a...
Blog Post
12/9/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
Consumer Watchdog has joined the Center for Digital Democracy and eight other organizations in asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate and take enforcement action against the Topps Company for violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. The complaint, which was prepared for the 10 groups by Georgetown University Law...
Blog Post
11/17/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
How is a consumer supposed to know if an online company is actually following the practices and keeping the promises that it outlines in its all-too-often almost incomprehensible privacy policy? Assuming you do read and understand it, most of us don’t have the resources or ability to verify that the company is actually doing what it claims....
News Release
8/26/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Five consumer privacy groups today emphasized their continuing opposition to a proposed $8.5 million settlement in a class action suit against Google for privacy violations in the way it handled users’ search data because the proposed deal provides no benefit to class members. In a letter to Judge Edward J. Davila, the...
News Story
8/26/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Five privacy organizations are asking a judge to scuttle Google's $8.5 million settlement of a class-action privacy lawsuit. “The proposed settlement is bad for consumers and does nothing to change Google’s business practices,” the Electronic Privacy Information Center,  Center for Digital Democracy, Consumer Watchdog,...
News Story
7/30/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Some watchdogs are trying to convince the Federal Trade Commission to intervene in a class-action lawsuit alleging that Google violated users' privacy. Google agreed to settle the case last year for $8.5 million, but opponents call the settlement a “farce” because it doesn't require the company to change its practices. The...
Blog Post
7/23/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.VA.) has sent a blistering letter to Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA.), chairman of the House Committee on Government Reform, accusing him of “using heavy-handed, bullying tactics to undermine due process and to inappropriately assist the defendant, LabMD” by calling a hearing Thursday about the Federal Trade...