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News Story
12/18/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog has raised concerns over a California HIE and potential patient privacy concerns. When implementing a new electronic health record (EHR), patient privacy and security issues should be a top priority for healthcare organizations. For example, individuals want to know that their protected health information (PHI) is secure, and...
News Story
12/18/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
It didn’t take the spectacular hacking of Sony computers for consumers to be aware that their privacy is at risk every time someone new gets some of their data. Hackers attack everywhere—financial institutions, retailers, government, universities, medical institutions—and security precautions don’t seem up to the task. On...
News Story
12/17/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
A prominent consumer group is calling on customers of two leading health insurers to boycott a vast new database of patient medical records until privacy concerns are addressed. At issue is the California Integrated Data Exchange, or Cal Index, backed by $80 million from Anthem Inc. and Blue Shield of California. In recent weeks, the two insurance...
News Release
12/16/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today urged consumers to opt out of the new electronic health information exchange, Cal INDEX, that is being set up by Blue Cross and Blue Shield until key questions about patient privacy are answered. The nonpartisan, nonprofit public interest group added that the best way to protect privacy when sharing...
News Story
12/16/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
WASHINGTON (Dec. 16, 2014) — Auto makers’ formal pledge to protect the privacy of consumers is inadequate for that purpose, according to the Auto Care Association (ACA) and advocacy group Consumer Watchdog. The Alliance of American Manufacturers (AAM) and the Association of Global Auto makers (AGA) recently issued their “Consumer...
Blog Post
12/9/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
Consumer Watchdog has joined the Center for Digital Democracy and eight other organizations in asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate and take enforcement action against the Topps Company for violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. The complaint, which was prepared for the 10 groups by Georgetown University Law...
News Story
12/9/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
A coalition of consumer and children's organizations has asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Topps candy and trading card company, which is owned by Michael Eisner, for allegedly violating the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act Rule, according to the Center for Digital Democracy, which filed the complaint on Tuesday....
News Story
12/9/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
In many ways, it was a typical social media marketing campaign featuring user-generated content — only this promotion involved a brand popular with children. Earlier this year, the company behind Ring Pop, a jewel-shaped sucking candy on a plastic ring, ran a contest called #RockThatRock. It invited users to post photos on Facebook, Twitter...
Blog Post
12/2/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
$312,000 a day or $114 million this year. That's how much Consumer Watchdog challenges to excessive auto and homeowners insurance rates saved California families in 2014. Since 2003, our legal team's insurance rate challenges have put more than $3 billion in savings back in policyholders' pockets. If you're giving back on this #...
News Story
11/28/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Mark Daiss’ smartphone is more knowledgeable than the average device. It memorizes the Yahoo employee’s habits and where he lives and works. It can guess his next move and help him find the way to his next meeting. When he plugs in his headphones, it knows he wants to listen to music. At any moment, his phone will suggest what he...