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News Story
7/19/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
A House subcommittee approved critical legislation for the fast-developing driverless car movement this week that sets specific rules for how many such vehicles can be on U.S. roads and the federal government’s role in regulating them. While it would give companies developing the technology the national framework they want, it also raises...
Video
7/13/2017
Posted by Connor
John Simpson of Consumer Watchdog tells KABC 7 News that proposed FCC rules, that would repeal Net Neutrality regulations, would allow Internet Service Providers to price gouge customers and limit free speech.
News Story
7/13/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
For example, where are the federal regulations covering these vehicles? Even though there has been little documented consumer sentiment asking for them, automakers are moving quickly to develop autonomous cars. Testing has already begun on public roads in California, New York, and Michigan. Now, Consumer Watchdog, a consumer advocacy group,...
News Release
7/11/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today called on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to promptly adopt enforceable federal safety standards covering self-driving autonomous vehicles and warned that if the federal efforts stall, states must act immediately to fill the void and protect consumer safety. “No federal or state...
News Story
7/10/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Amazon Exaggerations? Consumers getting ready for Prime Day may be disappointed by accusations it’s exaggerating discounts, by advertising "before sale" prices that were inflated sometimes up to 70 percent. A non-profit group called the Consumer Watchdog says it looked at hundreds of products sold there last month and found nearly...
News Story
7/10/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
(NEWS 8/AP) —  Amazon is extending its annual "Prime Day" promotion to 30 hours this year. For the third annual Prime Day, Amazon will offer discounts and other deals in an effort to boost sales during the slower summer months. The deals are open only to members of Amazon's $99-a-year Prime loyalty program, so Amazon...
News Story
7/10/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
A virtual grin arose on the face of Harvey Rosenfield with the mention of Isaac Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics. The mention was made during a phone call, but the overwhelming satisfaction of a smile was easily detectible in his voice during a conversation that had an otherwise ominous tone. It was as if he had been waiting for someone to...
News Release
6/27/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on U.S. antitrust regulators to act against Google’s anti-competitive practices in the wake of the European Commission’s record $2.7 billion fine against Google for violating antitrust law and illegally favoring its comparison shopping service over competitors in its search...
News Story
6/27/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
As a House subcommittee considered more than a dozen bills proposing various federal standards for self-driving vehicles, the group Consumer Watchdog expressed concern that a federal proposal to pre-empt state safety regulations “would leave a regulatory void without meaningful safety protections.” The group is referring to a draft of...
News Release
6/26/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today called on Congress to ensure the adoption of federal safety standards to cover self-driving autonomous vehicles and warned that proposed House legislation that would pre-empt state safety regulations “would leave a regulatory void without meaningful safety protections.” In a formal statement...