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Blog Post
6/2/2016
Posted by Carmen Balber
JUNE 14, 2016 UPDATE: This morning, the Assembly Business and Professions committee voted 16-0 for SB 482 by Senator Lara, to rein in opioid over-prescribing and curb the overdose epidemic.  Prince’s death, and the loss of thousands of Californians every year, has helped spur lawmakers to stand above politics and stand up for reform....
News Release
8/5/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog has joined with six other consumer privacy organizations in calling for President Obama to propose strong privacy legislation in the groups’ comments on the White House report on “big data.” “Enacting baseline privacy legislation that implements a strong and resonant Consumer Privacy...
News Story
8/5/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
A coalition of advocacy groups are reiterating their call for a privacy “bill of rights” that would limit marketers' ability to collect or use data about individuals. “Industry self-regulation is not enough, and has failed to inform or protect consumers,” the organizations said Tuesday in a letter to the Commerce...
News Release
11/14/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog today applauded President Obama’s move to delay cancellations of health insurance plans for millions of Americans, one week after the nonprofit group called for a moratorium, but expressed concern that consumers will still face steep rate hikes in January. Consumer Watchdog called on the President...
News Story
11/12/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The nationwide furor over the cancellation of millions of individual health insurance policies gained momentum Tuesday as pressure built on Congress and the Obama administration to fix the problem. The news came in waves: In an interview with an online magazine, former President Bill Clinton urged President Barack Obama to allow those individuals...
News Story
10/21/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Health plans are sending hundreds of thousands of cancellation letters to people who buy their own coverage, frustrating some consumers who want to keep what they have and forcing others to buy more costly policies. The main reason insurers offer is that the policies fall short of what the Affordable Care Act requires starting Jan. 1. Most are...
News Story
10/12/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The following letter to the editor was published in The New York Times on Saturday, October 12, 2013: To the Editor: Your editorial urging “lawmakers to pass legislation that sets clear rules that would regulate and limit how businesses collect personal information, what they can use it for and how long they keep it” is absolutely...
News Story
7/26/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
A proposed code of conduct for mobile app developers intended to make them explain how user data is collected and used does not have a clear enforcement mechanism,  one privacy advocate said. The code was negotiated this week by several trade groups and the U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). While many...
News Release
7/25/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – A yearlong effort convened by the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Agency (NTIA) demonstrates the futility of crafting codes of conduct through a voluntary multi-stakeholder process and the way participants were asked their opinion of the proposed code makes a mockery of the effort,...
News Story
7/25/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of industry lobbyists and privacy rights advocates voiced support Thursday for new voluntary guidelines for mobile apps that should make it easier for consumers to know what personal information is getting sucked from their smartphone or tablet and passed along to marketers. The plan will likely provide a brief,...