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Blog Post
5/5/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
There are many things I admire about Europe these days.  Near the top of my list is the so-called right to be forgotten. And then there’s the European antitrust actions against Internet giant, Google. The right to be forgotten allows people to request the removal of search engine links from their name to information that is inadequate,...
News Story
5/5/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
New legislation is taking aim at online vacation rental businesses that aren’t collecting and remitting taxes from residents who rent out rooms in their homes. SB 593, authored by Sen. Mike McGuire, D-Healdsburg, requires companies such as Airbnb, Couchsurfing, Roomorama and others to adhere to local laws with regard to vacation rentals. In...
News Release
5/4/2015
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on the proponents of a San Francisco ballot initiative that would regulate home sharing platforms, like Airbnb, to withdraw the measure’s privacy violating provisions that are “antithetical to San Francisco’s core values.” The nonprofit nonpartisan group took issue...
News Story
5/4/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog, one of the state's best known consumer advocacy groups, is raising a ruckus about proposed rules it says would violate privacy rights by requiring Airbnb and similar companies to report about users' rental activities. Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog on Monday released a letter it sent to ShareBetter SF, a coalition...
News Release
4/30/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog strongly supports the Consumer Privacy Protection Act introduced today by Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and five other Democratic Senators. “This is a strong bill that provides important protections for consumers’ data,” said John M. Simpson, Consumer...
News Release
4/23/2015
Posted by Jamie Court
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called for amendments to proposals under consideration in San Francisco and in the California Senate aimed at regulating home sharing platforms like Airbnb, that would ensure privacy and allow occupancy taxes to be collected. “You can collect taxes and protect privacy at the same time,”...
News Story
4/21/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Popular home-sharing website Airbnb is stepping up its opposition to the first statewide measure aiming to regulate short-term rentals, arguing the proposal would harm consumer privacy. Airbnb has faced scores of regulatory fights on the local level, including in Los Angeles, but the skirmish over a bill by Sen. Mike McGuire (D-...
News Release
4/20/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA.  Consumer Watchdog today said it opposes a California Senate bill that requires home sharing platforms like Airbnb to turn over customers’ personal information to local governments, because it would violate consumers’ privacy and is little more than a “blank search warrant” for law enforcement...
News Story
4/16/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Washington (AFP) - The EU antitrust complaint filed Wednesday against Google represents a sharp divergence with Washington, which dropped a similar investigation two years ago, citing a lack of evidence against the Internet giant. In early 2013, the US Federal Trade Commission said it lacked a legal basis to bring a case against Google on...
News Release
4/15/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today welcomed news reports that Europe’s competition authorities plan to file formal antitrust charges against Google on Wednesday and added that the action should benefit Americans after the Federal Trade Commission’s failure to take decisive action against the Internet giant. “Google...