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News Story
4/22/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Several consumer privacy groups said Monday that they support a bill from Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) that would require the Federal Trade Commission to set standards for companies to ensure they will offer consumers the ability to opt-out of online tracking. The Center for Digital Democracy, Consumer Action,...
News Story
10/29/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
A White House plan to provide consumers with a “privacy bill of rights” for the digital age faces dim prospects if Mitt Romney wins the tight presidential race because of the Republican candidate's general skepticism about regulation, observers told BNA in recent interviews. But current and former representatives for Romney told...
News Story
10/8/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
LOS ANGELES – The rush toward driverless cars by Golden State lawmakers needs to be tempered by the growing risks the technology poses to auto makers, a leading manufacturer group says. Hours after Gov. Jerry Brown signs a bill authorizing state regulations for autonomous vehicles by 2015, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, whose...
News Story
10/4/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The health insurance industry presented itself as a key ally of President Barack Obama’s health care law while at the same time making hefty contributions to members of Congress who are trying to get rid of it, according to contribution records. Between January of 2007 and August of 2012, the political action committees of the 11 largest...
News Story
10/1/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Santa Monica, California -- October 1, 2012 -- Last week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a driverless car law into effect at a ceremony at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. According to advocacy group Consumer Watchdog, the law poses threats to safety and privacy. SB 1298 directs the Department of Motor Vehicles to write...
News Story
9/30/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
When California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill to regulate self-driving vehicles almost no one -- industry watchers or taxpayers -- objected. How times have changed from the late-1970s when Brown was given the nickname "Governor Moonbeam" for promoting such futuristic ideas as California launching its own satellites. Brown, 74, was just...
News Release
9/26/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – The driverless car law signed today by Gov. Jerry Brown at a ceremony at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View poses threats to Californians’ safety and privacy, Consumer Watchdog said. SB 1298 directs the Department of Motor Vehicles to write regulations covering robot cars by January 2015, but the...
News Story
9/26/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
California is the latest state to allow testing of Google's self-driving cars on the roads, though only with a human passenger along as a safety measure. Gov. Edmund "Jerry" Brown signed the autonomous-vehicles bill into law Tuesday afternoon alongside Google co-founder Sergey Brin and State Sen. Alex Padilla, who authored the bill,...
News Story
9/26/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Mountain View, CA -- Google co-founder Sergey Brin and Gov. Jerry Brown car-pooled to work on Tuesday in a white Toyota Prius, and no one was driving. One day, in the not-so-distant future, you can join them. Brown hitched a futuristic ride to Google's Mountain View headquarters to sign landmark legislation that will for the first time allow...
News Story
9/26/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
California has become the third state to affirm the legality of driverless vehicles, setting the stage for computers to take the wheel along the state's roads and highways - at least eventually. Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed SB1298, which makes so-called autonomous vehicles legal in California while requiring the Department of Motor...