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News Story
9/25/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Gov. Jerry Brown, describing Google Inc.'s robot cars as "science fiction becoming tomorrow's reality," signed legislation this afternoon allowing driverless cars to be tested on public roads. "Today we're looking at science fiction becoming tomorrow's reality: the self driving car," the Democratic governor said...
News Story
9/21/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
In the wake of Congress' failed attempt to pass a cybersecurity bill this summer, the White House has been working on an executive order to fill the gap. The order is aimed at protecting the nation's critical infrastructure from harm. It might not be enough, however. Democrats in Congress continue to try to drum up support for some...
News Story
9/18/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Do Not Track (DNT) support is well under way at Google and will be available by the end of the year on its Chrome browser. Following suit of browsers Yahoo and Microsoft, Google's latest development is in response to the White House, FTC, and DAA's cry for consumer control and transparency with the use and collection of Internet consumer...
News Story
9/14/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The dream of having your car drive you home is on the verge of getting a major boost. As early as January of next year, California may join Nevada in legalizing the use of autonomous cars, potentially allowing “drivers” to read the paper or catch up on e-mails on the way to the office. But a consumer advocacy organization warns that...
News Story
9/14/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer advocates are questioning the fairness of requiring Americans to buy health coverage under the Affordable Care Act if the government can't control the rates insurance companies charge. To keep prices in check, the health reform law instituted a procedure known as rate review, by which state insurance departments evaluate carriers...
News Story
9/12/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., introduced the Mobile Device Privacy Act on Wednesday, aimed at bringing greater transparency to third-party tracking of consumer devices (http://xrl.us/bnpg4t). The legislation follows last year's revelation that diagnostic analysis providers like Carrier IQ used software to collect certain user data from cellphones,...
News Story
9/11/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Autonomous cars are a hot topic of conversation nowadays. Fans of the status quo see them as a waste of time. Driving enthusiasts see them as the harbinger of a boring, 55 mph future. And politicians see them as high-tech boogeymen to scare seniors into voting booths. (NB: that tactic didn't work.) Now, another group voiced its criticism...
News Release
9/10/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – California Gov. Jerry Brown should veto a bill that allows Google’s driverless cars on the highway because it does not provide adequate privacy protections for users of the new technology, Consumer Watchdog said today.   In a letter to Gov. Brown Consumer Watchdog Privacy Project Director John M. Simpson wrote...
News Release
8/13/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Google’s driverless cars should not be allowed on U.S. highways unless adequate privacy protections for users of the new technology are implemented and an amended bill in the California Legislature fails to deliver the necessary safeguards, Consumer Watchdog said today. In a letter to Felipe Fuentes, Chair of the...
News Release
8/1/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Washington DC – Big mortgage bundlers tied to title companies and the real estate lobby are seeking to get Congress to allow home warranty companies to pay now-illegal kickbacks to real estate brokers under last minute Congressional legislation. Consumer Watchdog condemned the effort to let the legislation proceed without a floor...