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News Story
9/24/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Price at the pump - Verdict is a victory for gas retailers Lawsuits shed light on practice, which some say misinforms consumers. Selling “hot fuel” — gasoline that isn’t adjusted for its temperature — does not violate the Kansas Consumer Protection Act, a federal jury in Kansas City, Kan., said Monday. The case, in...
News Release
8/29/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
SAN FRANCISCO – A U.S. District Court Judge has granted Consumer Watchdog the right to oppose Google's record $22.5 million settlement with the Federal Trade Commission because it allows the Internet giant to deny any wrongdoing. "Google executives want to buy their way out of trouble with what for them is pocket change and then...
News Story
8/24/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The settlement agreement between the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and Google, which cost the search giant $22.5 million in penalty charges, is being challenged in court. The search giant managed to avoid pleading guilty or admitting any wrongdoing in its settlement deal with the commission — something that irked the higher-up...
News Release
8/23/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON D.C. -- Citing deceptive and confusing advertising by mobile phone companies concerning data speeds, Consumer Watchdog today petitioned the Federal Communications Commission to require wireless carriers to disclose actual network data speeds. The group told the FCC that technical speed standards for “4G” mobile technology...
News Story
8/23/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to view a video of this news broadcast. Consumer Watchdog of Santa Monica on Thursday will file a complaint against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) accusing the entity and cell phone carriers of “misleading the public” about the speed of so-called 4G wireless service. The Get Garcia team, which tried to crack the...
News Story
8/23/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog, a non-profit consumer advocacy organization is up in arms over a recent settlement between Google and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over the search giant's privacy practices. The organization has filed a motion in U.S. District Court asking for allowance to oppose the settlement because it has been deemed too lenient a...
News Story
8/23/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer advocate group Consumer Watchdog is asking the Federal Communications Commission to require carriers to list the speed of their 4G networks in advertisements and at the point of sale. In a petition to be filed Thursday, the consumer group said that while carriers tout their “4G” networks, the definitions of what qualifies a...
News Story
8/23/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
GOOGLE'S $22.5m settlement with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over privacy breaches will be challenged if Consumer Watchdog gets its way. The organisation has filed a motion (PDF) in US District Court and asked for the right to oppose the FTC settlement with Google that it thought was rather cheap. Consumer Watchdog says that the...
News Story
8/23/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The search giant has posted a job notice for a data privacy engineer for its privacy "red team." Less than two weeks after agreeing to pay a $22.5 million fine for violating the privacy of the users of Apple's Safari web browser, Google is beefing up its privacy team to make sure that past mistakes aren't repeated. The search...
News Story
8/22/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
San Francisco -- McDonald's, General Mills, Subway, Nickelodeon and the Cartoon Network could all be violating online privacy rules designed to protect children. On Wednesday, the Center for Digital Democracy, the Center for Science in the Public Interest and other consumer, privacy and children's advocacy groups plan to file five...