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News Story
8/2/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Nine years ago, Nikki, the 18-year-old daughter of Christos and Lesli Catsouras, died in a horrific automobile crash in Orange County. Graphic confidential police investigative photos of her remains were leaked and posted on the Internet. Today, those gruesome images are still linked to her name and the names of other Catsouras family members in...
News Story
7/10/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Google’s refusal to honor U.S. citizens’ requests to remove content they’d rather have hidden is “unfair and deceptive” since the company professes to be concerned about privacy, an advocacy organization charged in a formal complaint filed July 7 with the Federal Trade Commission. According to Consumer Watchdog, the...
News Story
7/8/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
A new bill introduced in the House on Wednesday would require companies to notify consumers within 30 days if hackers obtain “sensitive” information -- including photos, geolocation data and medical information. The Consumer Privacy Protection Act, introduced by Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I. ) and backed by other Democrats, is a...
News Release
4/30/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog strongly supports the Consumer Privacy Protection Act introduced today by Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and five other Democratic Senators. “This is a strong bill that provides important protections for consumers’ data,” said John M. Simpson, Consumer...
News Story
3/10/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
You are nearly naked to the data industry, and Washington just offered you a mirror — but not pants. Two decades after the invention of computer “cookies” allowed companies to track your use of the Internet, the White House on Feb. 27 floated a draft Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights that purports to provide “baseline...
News Story
3/8/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Maybe the data gods don’t have us all pegged — yet. One of the biggest data collectors and sellers, Little Rock-based Acxiom, knows all about my house, my car and my purchases of vegetable seeds. It believes I have 32 interests — 21 of which are accurate. But its files also say that my education ended with high school,...
News Story
3/6/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Hillary Rodham Clinton did it. So did Mitt Romney. And Sarah Palin. But reliance on private email accounts to conduct government business has for some time irked citizens and watchdog organizations who argue the tactic has been exploited to effectively shield conversations from public view. California law on the subject remains unsettled, leaving...
News Release
3/5/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today backed the Data Broker Accountability and Transparency Act, saying the legislation would require accountability and transparency for data brokers who collect and sell personal and sensitive information about consumers. The bill, S. 668, was introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senators Edward J. Markey...
News Story
3/5/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Four Senate Democrats have re-introduced a bill that would enable consumers to wield control over how information about them is used by data brokers. The Data Broker Accountability and Transparency Act (S. 668) empowers consumers to stop the use and sale of their personal information by data brokers. The measure also allows consumers to correct...
News Release
3/3/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today joined 13 other public interest groups in a letter to President Obama outlining the shortcomings of the draft Consumer Privacy Bill Of Rights Act and pledging to work with the Administration and Congress to strengthen the bill. “In 2012, you released your vision of the founding principles of...