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5/27/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
California officials will soon inspect the headquarters of Uber's self-driving-truck division, formerly known as Otto, to help settle a lingering question - whether the company's tests on public roads violate state regulations. Representatives of the Department of Motor Vehicles and the California Highway Patrol plan to visit the San...
News Release
5/26/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today endorsed a proposed bill in the New York State Assembly that would provide the so-called “Right To Be Forgotten,” allowing people to request removal of material and search engine links from their name to information that is inadequate, irrelevant, no longer relevant, or excessive from...
News Story
5/26/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
California regulators are preparing to conduct a site inspection of the San Francisco headquarters of Uber’s autonomous truck unit, formerly known as Otto, to determine whether the company broke state law when it tested driverless trucks on public highways without permission. The unscheduled visit, which officials from the state’s...
News Release
5/23/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on tech companies including Google, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon and Microsoft, to support amending a key Internet law so websites like Backpage.com that facilitate child sex trafficking can be held accountable by victims and state attorneys general. Consumer Watchdog’s call came at the...
News Story
5/19/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
It’s tough getting a consensus on anything these days, but child sex abuse and human trafficking are generally considered indefensible crimes. So who’s defending them? According to “I Am Jane Doe,” that would be Google. And Microsoft. And Facebook. And Yahoo. Directed by Mary Mazzio (“Lemonade Stories,” “...
News Story
5/19/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Imagine taking shelter from a downpour under a large umbrella, when an unkempt gentleman in a trench coat and no pants joins you to avail himself of the same protection. That’s the situation Google finds itself in with respect to a law that shields companies running websites from liability over material posted by others. For the...
Video
5/18/2017
Posted by Evan Thomas King
In a new report, Consumer Watchdog and its coalition partners uncover how Google helped fund the defense of websites accused of aiding child sex trafficking.  Backpage.com, the website in question, has knowingly hosted ads for child prostitution.
News Release
5/17/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – A coalition of anti-child sex trafficking and public interest groups, and the mother of a trafficking victim, today released a report detailing how a Google-funded campaign protects a law that shields a notorious hub of child sex-trafficking, Backpage.com, from any accountability for its activities. Google and the...
News Story
5/17/2017
Posted by Evan Thomas King
'Their proposed fix might undermine all speech platforms online' The online classifieds site Backpage became notorious in recent years for its “adult services” section, where children have been bought and sold as prostitutes. In light of this statistic, the federal government recently intervened—following a...
News Story
4/28/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
The group's complaint to FTC says that Uber tracks former riders who deleted app A consumer group has lodged a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), charging that Uber Technologies tracked consumers who had once used the company's ride-sharing app, but who had deleted it from their phones. In its complaint, Consumer Watchdog...