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News Story
9/12/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
The fading of the tech industry’s bipartisan glow in Washington puts it at risk for tighter regulations The days of unqualified praise from Washington are over for the country’s biggest tech companies, whose size and power are increasingly drawing attacks from both the left and the right. Democrats are condemning Facebook for allowing...
News Story
11/1/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The United States Federal Communications Commission last week adopted privacy rules for both wired and wireless broadband ISPs aimed at giving consumers greater control over their data, more privacy, and stronger security safeguards for that data. The rules implement Section 222 of the Communications Act. They establish a framework of customer...
News Release
10/24/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Google increased its 2016 third-quarter federal lobbying spending 4.2 percent to $3.81 million from $3.65 million in the comparable 2015 period, but fell to second place in lobbying expenditures among 16 technology and communications companies tracked by Consumer Watchdog. AT&T took the lead as its spending soared more...
News Story
8/18/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
With the lines between media firms and tech firms blurring, coverage of the tech sector presents one of the most profound accountability challenges in modern journalism The first time I visited Facebook’s office in Washington, D.C., I was asked to sign a nondisclosure agreement. I didn’t. Then there was the time I got through an entire...
Video
8/4/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
View on YouTube On NPR, Consumer Watchdog's Executive Director Carmen Balber discusses the risks of patient information being exploited by tech firms.
News Release
7/21/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON -- Google trimmed its spending on federal lobbying in the second quarter of 2016 by 8.2 percent from the year before to $4.24 million, according to disclosure forms just filed with the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, but still significantly outspent other tech and communications giants. Google spent $4.62 million, million on...
News Release
7/8/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
Santa Monica, CA – In the wake of a fatal crash in Florida Consumer Watchdog called on Tesla Chairman and CEO Elon Musk to disable his car’s “autopilot” feature until it is shown to be safe and said if it is offered in the future Tesla must pledge to be liable if something goes wrong with its self-driving technology....
News Release
7/1/2016
Posted by Cody Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA – The news that a Tesla driving in autopilot mode was involved in a fatal collision is evidence that federal regulators need to go slow as they write new guidelines for self-driving cars, said Consumer Watchdog.   The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was expected to issue new guidelines for self-driving...
News Story
5/12/2015
Posted by Cody Rosenfield
Google's revelation about the (seemingly admirable) safety record of its self-driving cars may not actually further the cause of driverless vehicles in California. In a blog post Monday, Chris Urmson, the director of Google's self-driving-car program, said that the 20-plus autonomous cars in his fleet had been involved in 11...
News Story
5/12/2015
Posted by Cody Rosenfield
The riskiest thing about self-driving vehicles may turn out to be human drivers. Four of the nearly 50 self-driving cars undergoing tests on California roads since September, when the state began issuing permits to auto companies, have crashed. But the cars, three owned by Google and one by Delphi, were in collisions caused by human error. Driver...