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News Release
7/23/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – Google and Facebook continued pumping record amounts of money into their lobbying efforts during the second quarter to influence federal lawmakers and regulators, according to lobbying disclosure forms filed with the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives. Google’s second quarter lobbying spending soared 90...
News Story
7/23/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumers would get greater privacy control, but first, experts must agree   Washington -- The White House wants a "Do Not Track" option put on websites to give consumers greater control of their personal information online but Internet companies and privacy groups are at odds on how tight the controls should be. The...
News Release
7/20/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog warned today that an attempt to “harmonize” California’s Confidentiality of Medical Information Act with the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act could weaken privacy protections for patients. The CMIA provides stronger privacy protections than HIPAA. In...
Blog Post
7/3/2012
Posted by Judy Dugan
One of the best consumer protections of the health reform law was a requirement that health insurance companies spend at least 80% to 85% of your premiums on actual health care, leaving 15% to 20% for overhead and those multimillion-dollar executive salaries. If companies don't meet this efficiency level, the they have to pay back some of...
News Story
7/2/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO, CA – California state officials could be poised to weaken a privacy law pertaining to patient medical records. This despite the fact that the Confidentiality of Medical Information Act, which gives patients the right to take legal action against a healthcare provider for medical records released without permission, carries...
News Story
7/1/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
What do autonomous cars driven by robots like those Google is developing have to do with your privacy? If the answer is nothing, then why won't Google and the author of a bill to allow them on California highways accept an amendment requiring that the new technology collect only data necessary for the operation of the vehicle and no other...
News Release
6/28/2012
Posted by Jamie Court
Washington, DC & Santa Monica, CA – Today’s decision by the United States Supreme Court to uphold the Affordable Care Act and its mandate that individuals purchase health insurance makes rate regulation the next essential phase of health reform, said Consumer Watchdog today. Consumer Watchdog praised the court for requiring...
News Story
6/27/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Online advertisers and privacy advocates generally agree that Do Not Track options should be available on Web browsers. However, there's much debate about whether DNT should be opt-in or opt-out. "The privacy-friendly thing is to have DNT on by default," said Consumer Watchdog's John Simpson. But advertisers say turning on DNT...
News Story
6/25/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog says Google is going to go willy-nilly with data collection for autonomous vehicles, and the California bill shouldn't get the green light without more restrictions. Internet companies do whatever they want and it needs to stop, a consumer group said in an argument calling for more privacy protection in robotic cars...
News Story
6/25/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
A Google rep tells an Assembly committee that if California passes a bill that removes the ability to have driverless cars eventually, the state is telling technology providers to take autonomous cars elsewhere. During his testimony Monday, a Google representative said if California legislators amend a proposed driverless car bill to...