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News Story
11/1/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
NEW YORK (NY) -- Perhaps the biggest threat to Google Inc.'s increasing dominance of Internet search and advertising is the rising fear, justified or not, that Google's broadening reach is giving it unchecked power. This scrutiny goes deeper than the skeptical eye that lawmakers and the Justice Department have given to Google's proposed ad...
News Story
10/30/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
     MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA (KGO-TV) -- There is controversy surrounding Google's new Web browser, Chrome. Is it on the cutting edge of privacy or does it make a consumer's Web activities an open book? 7 On Your Side has been talking with representatives of Google and Consumer Watchdog. Both sides profess great respect for the other....
Blog Post
10/30/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google and Yahoo are closing to walking away from their proposed advertising alliance after the Justice Department said it would go to court to stop the deal absent major concessions. Earlier this month Consumer Watchdog wrote the Justice Department to block Google’s proposed advertising alliance...
News Story
9/24/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A bill that would have allowed pharmacies to sell patient prescription and medical information to third-party companies narrowly passed the California State Senate before failing in the State Assembly. The bill would have allowed companies including Adheris, Inc., the main business backer of the bill, access to patient medical records in order to...
News Story
9/9/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Low-mileage drivers who install this gadget in their cars could get a discount from their insurance company in exchange for letting the firm track some of their driving behavior. Of all the things that seem unfair about auto insurance, this is perhaps the worst: Infrequent drivers who log less than 5,000 miles a year, are charged roughly the same...
News Story
9/4/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
When it comes to traffic reduction, California needs all the help it can get. And sometimes the only thing to finally get people out of their cars is to offer them cold, hard cash. The proposal for a voluntary pay-as-you-drive insurance program for California drivers, being pushed by Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner, might be one of the...
Blog Post
9/3/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
There's a real gap between the actual protection provided by online "privacy policies" and what Californians think they are getting. We're lulled into believing we're protected when it's not the case at all. That's the disturbing conclusion of a study out today by Chris Jay Hoofnagle and Jennifer King of the UC Berkeley School of Law's...
Blog Post
9/2/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Google launched its new internet browser, Chrome, today taking on Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8, Mozilla's Foxfire and Apple's Safari. While many reviewers, like Walter Mossberg, were comparing it with the others on speed and functionality, they ought to be asking another question. Does Google's Chrome allow a user to keep personal data private...
News Story
8/29/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
New Rule Would Really Link Miles Driven And Auto Insurance Rates Twenty years ago, voters took a stand on car insurance. In California, rates can be based only on three factors: a driver's safety record, miles driven annually and years of driving experience. The "miles driven" factor is supposed to ensure that the less you drive, the...
News Story
8/28/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Come next year, you could be saving money on insurance by having a pay-as-you-drive policy under regulations proposed Wednesday by Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner. "I am thrilled to pave the way for California drivers to obtain insurance that is more environmentally friendly and more accurately reflects driving habits," Poizner said...