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News Story
8/21/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
A watchdog group is asking California police and the Department of Motor Vehicles to investigate any crashes involving experimental autonomous cars. Consumer Watchdog sent a letter to Jean Shiomoto, director of the Department of Motor Vehicles, on Aug. 20. After praising the DMV’s decision to make official autonomous vehicle accident...
News Story
8/21/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog is asking the California Department of Motor Vehicles to amend its Autonomous Vehicle Regulation to require that police investigate any crashes of robot cars being tested on public roads. They also urge the DMV to require any data and video gathered by a self-driving car just before and during a crash should be provided to the...
News Story
8/21/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
A leading consumer group called upon California officials Thursday to strengthen oversight of crashes involving self-driving cars. Consumer Watchdog, a nonprofit organization based in the state, asked California's Department of Motor Vehicles to amend regulations to require police to investigate any crashes involving autonomous cars on public...
News Story
8/21/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Complaints to U.S. Federal Trade Commission about Ashley Madison show examples of people alleging false accounts made under their names. Complaints made against Ashley Madison show how difficult it is to know which names leaked this week were actual customers. Allegations filed with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission include one from a man whose...
News Release
8/20/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on the California Department of Motor Vehicles to amend its Autonomous Vehicle Regulation to require that police investigate any crashes of robot cars being tested on public roads. In addition the DMV should require that any data and video gathered by a robot car just before and during a...
News Release
8/18/2015
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today asked NASA’s Inspector General to end a special NASA-Google deal to test unmanned drones over private land because it gives the Internet giant an unfair market advantage over competitors, and because the benefits to taxpayers are unclear. “NASA should suspend this special arrangement with...
News Story
8/18/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Nonprofit advocacy group Consumer Watchdog joined the American Hotel & Lodging Association in opposing the proposed $1.3 billion merger of Expedia and Orbitz, calling for the need to maintain competition and fair prices. "The proposed deal would give the combined company monopolistic control of the online-booking market, enabling it to...
News Story
8/13/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
A consumer activist group and the hotel industry are both urging the U.S. Department of Justice to block travel-booking site Expedia Inc.’s proposed acquisition of Orbitz Worldwide Inc. John Simpson, privacy project director of Consumer Watchdog, wrote a letter this week to the DOJ, urging it to block the $1.3 billion deal, which was reached...
News Story
8/13/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Three of the biggest names in travel -- Expedia, Orbitz and Travelocity -- could end up as one company. This affects a lot of people. The numbers vary depending on who you ask, but it's safe to say roughly 50 million people check out those three companies every month. The consumer group Consumer Watchdog is worried...
News Story
8/12/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Disclosure: Larry Magid is CEO of ConnectSafely.org, a nonprofit Internet safety organization that receives contributions from Google and other tech companies.     I was stunned when I first learned that Google was reorganizing itself with the new corporate name Alphabet that would serve as a holding company of sorts for all of...