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News Story
4/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
“Forget Big Brother – Google is better!” Those were the words of German media executive Mathias Döpfner in his April 17 open letter to Google chairman Eric Schmidt, in which he stated his fear that Google envisions a world with no antitrust and privacy protections. Coincidentally, Döpfner’s letter came a few days after Google issued a...
News Story
4/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
A new Obama administration privacy policy released Friday explains how the government will gather the user data of online visitors to WhiteHouse.gov, mobile apps and social media sites, and it clarifies that online comments, whether tirades or tributes, are in the open domain. "Information you choose to share with the White House (directly...
News Release
4/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
WASHINGTON, DC – Google spent $3.82 million lobbying federal lawmakers and regulators during the first quarter of 2014, making it the top spender among 15 top technology and telecommunications companies, according to an analysis of lobbying disclosure forms Consumer Watchdog said today. According to lobbying disclosure forms filed this week...
News Story
4/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Google spent $3.82 million lobbying the USA's federal lawmakers and regulators during the first quarter of 2014 making it the top spender among 15 top technology and telecommunications companies according to an analysis of lobbying disclosure forms Consumer Watchdog said today. According to lobbying disclosure forms filed this week, Comcast,...
News Story
4/16/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Google Glass raises privacy and safety concerns, said Consumer Watchdog in a report released Monday (http://bit.ly/RlstR8). "Google Glass threatens the privacy of both people whose images are captured unbeknownst to them and the user of the device," said Consumer Watchdog Privacy Project Director John Simpson. "Google Glass can...
Video
4/15/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
"Simply put, Google Glass is a stalker's dream come true," Consumer Watchdog's report concluded after demonstrating how Glass could easily be used to record PIN information from an ATM card.  Consumer Watchdog has a point or two. Because the virtual display takes up about 15 percent of the visual field, a half-dozen states...
Blog Post
4/11/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
From time to time it's instructive to look at an online company's Terms of Service (TOS) so you understand what you're agreeing to when you use it.  A look at Google's TOS is particularly timely because the Internet giant's legal beagles have revised it and the  new one takes effect on Monday. Here's what they...
News Story
4/10/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Business and residential customers affected by outages such as the one that hit AT&T U-verse broadband users this week may feel helpless, but they do have options, consumer and industry watchdogs say. Customers who lose Internet service, cable channels or phone service should request consideration in the form of refunds, discounts or add-ons...
Blog Post
4/9/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
Perhaps you've heard of Google's latest outrageous gambit. The Internet giant is fighting to trademark the word "Glass."   Google Glass is the company's wearable and privacy-invasive computing device.  It's in beta mode, being tested by so-called explorers, who forked over $1,500 to become Glassholes. ...
News Release
4/1/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog has told the White House Team studying the Obama Administration’s policy towards “Big Data” that “people must be able to know what information is gathered about them, how long it is kept and for what the information will be used.” Consumer Watchdog also joined 21 other...