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News Release
10/21/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Google spent $3.94 million lobbying the federal government in the third quarter, off from its record $5.30 million in the previous quarter, but up 17 percent from $3.37 million in the comparable period in 2013, according to records just filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives and analyzed today by Consumer...
News Story
10/17/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer rights group Consumer Watchdog has asked Google to voluntarily offer Americans the same right Europeans' now have to ask for certain links to be removed from the results of searches about them. Weeks after wrapping up a European tour to discuss concerns over the recent right to be forgotten ruling from the EU's top court, Google...
News Story
10/17/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
The BBC will publish and continually update a list of its published articles that were removed from Google searches under Europe's "right to be forgotten" rule. David Jordan, director of editorial policy and standards for the BBC, announced the move earlier this week at a public meeting hosted by Google. The decision is a reaction to...
News Story
10/16/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer advocates are pushing for America to become like Europe and introduce a “right to be forgotten” on the Internet. The Consumer Watchdog organization has penned an open letter to Google, asking it to extend the controversial EU ruling to the United States. If it gets its way, it would mean that American citizens could also ask...
News Story
10/15/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
The US should be more like Europe – and introduce the controversial "right to be forgotten" ruling – says a top American consumer-defending organisation. In a letter to Google CEO Larry Page and exec chairman Eric Schmidt, Consumer Watchdog asked the search supremos to extend the EU's privacy ruling, dubbed the "...
News Story
10/14/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
There are a lot of things that we wish we could forget and probably even more things that we want everyone else to forget. The Internet and social media has made that pretty much all but impossible. If you don’t believe me, just ask any politician. So much information is being gathered about you every time you visit a site. This is mostly...
News Release
10/12/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Google, which is now forced to honor the “Right To Be Forgotten” in Europe as the result of a high court decision, should voluntarily offer the same privacy protection to users in the United States after Google’s own analysis shows the right is being successfully implemented, Consumer Watchdog said today...
News Release
10/2/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today challenged the idea that widespread use of fully autonomous or driverless cars is imminent, and urged the state Insurance Commissioner to focus on immediate consumer concerns of auto safety and privacy. The nonpartisan, nonprofit public interest group also rejected insurance industry arguments that...
News Story
10/1/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Yelp-led consortium wants third party sites included in top results. Yesterday a new anti-Google consortium called “Focus on the User” launched a website that cleverly uses Google’s own words and algorithm to make an argument against Google+ Local (map pack) search results. It also operates as a concrete proposal that might...
News Release
9/29/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today endorsed a new website, “Focus on the User” and a downloadable “widget” available on the site that demonstrates how Google favors its own services in local search results. View the web site here: http://focusontheuser.eu/ “Consumer Watchdog endorses the ‘Focus on...