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News Story
4/16/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Washington (AFP) - The EU antitrust complaint filed Wednesday against Google represents a sharp divergence with Washington, which dropped a similar investigation two years ago, citing a lack of evidence against the Internet giant. In early 2013, the US Federal Trade Commission said it lacked a legal basis to bring a case against Google on...
News Release
4/15/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today welcomed news reports that Europe’s competition authorities plan to file formal antitrust charges against Google on Wednesday and added that the action should benefit Americans after the Federal Trade Commission’s failure to take decisive action against the Internet giant. “Google...
News Story
4/15/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's escalating legal attack on Google is likely to ignite a debate about whether the Internet search leader makes life more convenient for consumers or abuses its power to squeeze out rivals who might have something better to offer. The contrasting views of Google's business practices came into...
News Story
4/9/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
April 9, 2015 -- Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog has a bone to pick with Google’s new YouTube Kids app, claiming it violates long-standing advertising safeguards for children. According to Google, YouTube Kids is a free app “designed for curious little minds,” offering age-appropriate videos, channels and play lists....
News Story
4/9/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The standards that apply for kids' programming on TV also should be enforced for online products.     It's disappointing that Google didn't voluntary follow the Federal Communications Commission's longtime TV standards. Its online YouTube Kids app ignores basic protections for children whose developing brains cannot...
Blog Post
4/8/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
You’d think that an app supposedly designed to deliver video to young kids would deliver appropriate child friendly content and offer things like parental parental control over how long kids can use the app. It would be a sort of walled garden where kids could enjoy online videos without being exposed to the tawdry and seamier side of the...
News Story
4/8/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Several consumer groups are expected to file a complaint on Tuesday that asks the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Google’s recently released YouTube Kids application, a portal for cartoons and learning shows, arguing that the app mixes ads and programming in ways that are deceptive to children. The complaint is being prepared by...
News Story
4/8/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Santa Monica advocacy group Consumer Watchdog voiced its concerns over the YouTube Kids app at a news conference Tuesday, calling on parents to "take Google with a large grain of salt." The app "is full of content that is advertising, masquerading often as some sort of story or entertainment," said John Simpson,...
News Story
4/8/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Launched in late February, YouTube Kids, which is available for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, is designed to let children watch "family friendly" content on mobile devices.   “[YouTube Kids is] the first Google product built from the ground up with the little ones in mind,” Shimrit Ben-Yair, YouTube Kids group...
Video
4/8/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog has joined a coalition of prominent children’s and consumer advocacy groups that filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission today requesting an investigation of Google, charging the company with unfair and deceptive practices in connection with its new YouTube Kids app.