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News Release
7/21/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON -- Google trimmed its spending on federal lobbying in the second quarter of 2016 by 8.2 percent from the year before to $4.24 million, according to disclosure forms just filed with the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, but still significantly outspent other tech and communications giants. Google spent $4.62 million, million on...
News Release
7/8/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
Santa Monica, CA – In the wake of a fatal crash in Florida Consumer Watchdog called on Tesla Chairman and CEO Elon Musk to disable his car’s “autopilot” feature until it is shown to be safe and said if it is offered in the future Tesla must pledge to be liable if something goes wrong with its self-driving technology....
News Story
6/28/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Drivers will continue to enjoy a growing assortment of connected features in their vehicles—as long as they’re willing to share some personal information. That might be the automotive future that Google envisions. In a recently published patent application, the company describes a system and method for delivering a wide range of...
News Story
6/14/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
This morning, an appellate court issued a long-awaited decision upholding the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules, which classified broadband access as a utility service. The regulations -- passed 3-2 last year -- include so-called "bright-line" prohibitions that prevent Internet service providers from blocking...
News Release
6/14/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Today’s federal appeals court ruling upholding the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules and saying broadband internet access providers can be regulated like telephone companies is a big win for consumers, Consumer Watchdog said, adding that the FCC must now rapidly enact important privacy...
News Story
6/14/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Groups continue to weigh in in wake of decision Both sides of the debate over the FCC's network neutrality rules continued to weigh in Tuesday several hours after the Title II-based Open Internet order was upheld in its entirety by a D.C. federal court. The court said it was not weighing in on whether the FCC should have done...
News Story
6/7/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Representatives of Consumer Watchdog have talked with top counselors to FCC chairman Tom Wheeler to warn that the FCC's set-top proposal does not contain sufficient teeth to protect consumer privacy from mass data collection and monetizing by Google and others. According to an ex parte filing on the phone call, they told the FCC that it...
News Story
6/4/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
I think most of us can agree that the internet poses some unique and wide-scale risks to our privacy. Our every move online can be -- and often is -- tracked. In the past, it might have been hard for companies or the government to know your interests, political leanings, religious affiliation or health problems. But they can glean all that and...
News Story
6/2/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
On Valentine’s Day in Silicon Valley, one of Google’s experimental, self-driving cars sideswiped a city bus at 2 miles an hour. The incident marked the first time an autonomous car contributed to an accident on a public road, but did nothing to diminish the Obama administration’s enthusiasm for driverless vehicles. A month after...
News Story
5/29/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
LANSING, Mich. -- The U.S. auto industry's home state of Michigan is preparing for the advent of self-driving cars by pushing legislation to allow for public sales and operation - a significant expansion beyond an existing state law that sanctions such vehicles for testing only. While widespread use of driverless cars may be years away,...