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Blog Post
2/26/2015
Posted by Jamie Court
Leave it to Washington DC to hand Americans what is probably the greatest consumer victory from that town in a decade, then to not show them the actual rules. This morning my 8 year old and I listened as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) declared "All bits are created equal" and voted for a new age of Internet freedom and...
News Release
2/25/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – The Federal Communication Commission should protect consumer privacy and regulate connections between the Internet and so-called “edge providers,” like Google, when the agency begins regulating broadband service like a public utility, Consumer Watchdog said today. An FCC fact sheet about Chairman Tom Wheeler...
News Story
2/25/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
People who post suicidal thoughts on Facebook can be flagged by their friends and kicked off Facebook until they read about suicide prevention. When people write about harming themselves on Facebook, their friends can ask Facebook to review the post because it’s “hurtful, threatening or suicidal.” A team of Facebook employees...
News Story
2/18/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog’s Privacy Project Director claims that public trust in US technology companies will be weakened by reports suggesting that the NSA embedded spyware on computer hard drives around the world. WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Public trust in US technology companies will be weakened by reports suggesting that the...
Video
2/13/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber
Can you believe the personal records of 80 million Americans were breached in the data hack health insurance company Anthem revealed last week? In the latest installment of our new short video segment, “Bite Back,”  we take on the Anthem hack and another less-publicized case when Anthem placed millions more medical records at risk...
Video
2/9/2015
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
TurboTax has resumed filing of state tax returns Friday following a temporary halt after noticing several attempts to use stolen identity information to file fraudulent returns and claim refunds. With a recent rise in data security breaches in high profile businesses this form of fraud has become all to common as Consumer Watchdog's John...
News Story
2/8/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Even seated, Mary Haynes' body is perpetually in motion. Her torso lurches side to side when she speaks, while Mike Tossy's body is noticeably still. His eyes dart around, but his head rarely turns.     Both Haynes and Tossy suffer from Parkinson's disease -- a neurodegenerative disorder affecting nearly a million...
News Story
2/6/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Insurance giant Anthem Inc. suffered a massive data breach exposing the personal information of up to 80 million Americans — and it could have been even worse for consumers. The hackers didn't take sensitive medical information on patients or their credit card data, according to the company, even though it was stored alongside Social...
News Release
2/6/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – A Google-commissioned report advising that the Internet giant implement the right to be forgotten only in Europe is little more than a self-serving publicity stunt, Consumer Watchdog said today, adding that the important privacy protection should be implemented in the United States. “The right to be forgotten is an...
News Story
2/6/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The California Department of Insurance has launched an investigation into a data breach affecting about 80 million customers, former customers and employees of health insurer Anthem in California and other states, Bay City News reports (Bay City News, 2/5). Anthem Blue Cross, the insurer's California branch, and other affiliated health plans...