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Blog Post
7/24/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Marchers shut down the streets on five different routes through the heart of downtown DC, and I lent Consumer Watchdog's voice in support of the Robin Hood Tax and the Fight to End AIDS. The marchers wove a story through downtown DC, stopping in front of lobby shops to call out the worst Wall Street and corporate offenders and demanding a...
News Story
7/16/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Whenever I am asked about a particular car or truck and its mileage, I usually get the same reaction when I tell them the particular mpg. Most people say, “Yeah, but we know it won’t really get that mileage.” You’d think by now that most people don’t truly believe the sticker mileage and would just accept it....
News Story
7/11/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Google may not miss the $22 million it's likely to lose over its Safari browser shenanigans, but it's probably none too pleased over earning the distinction of being socked with the biggest fine the FTC has ever levied. "It will be an official part of Google's privacy rap sheet forever," noted GoogleMonitor.com's Scott...
News Release
7/10/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
SANTA MONICA, CA – The Federal Trade Commission reportedly plans to fine Google $22.5 million for hacking around privacy settings on iPhones and iPads that use Apple’s Safari browser. Consumer Watchdog praised the Commission today for its expected strong action defending consumer privacy. Consumer Watchdog had filed a complaint in...
News Story
7/10/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Google would pay $22.5 million to the Federal Trade Commission, a record fine for the agency, under a tentative deal settling allegations that the search giant bypassed privacy settings on Apple computers, smartphones and tablets, according to people familiar with the agreement. The deal, which would require the final approval of the...
News Release
7/9/2012
Posted by Laura Antonini
Hyundai’s Gas Mileage Claims in 2011 and 2012 Elantra Advertising Campaign Misled California Drivers Santa Monica, CA – Hyundai Motor America misled consumers about the gas mileage of the 2011 and 2012 Elantra through a broad-based media advertising campaign designed to capitalize on public concern over escalating gas prices,...
News Story
7/5/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
Click here to view the video of this news broadcast. SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A lively debate over the real gasoline mileage offered by one particular car is now jumping from the Internet to the courthouse. "Your mileage may vary" has become a catch phrase and often a punchline to a joke. But it is no laughing matter, as a legal fight...
News Story
7/1/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
What do autonomous cars driven by robots like those Google is developing have to do with your privacy? If the answer is nothing, then why won't Google and the author of a bill to allow them on California highways accept an amendment requiring that the new technology collect only data necessary for the operation of the vehicle and no other...
News Story
6/28/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
$199 tablet's goal: 'Simple, beautiful and really smart' Google, acknowledging that the fast-emerging tablet market is too important to leave to others, said Wednesday it'll sell a tablet computer and a media player, expanding its hardware business to compete more directly with Amazon's Kindle Fire, Apple's iPad and...
News Story
6/27/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Online advertisers and privacy advocates generally agree that Do Not Track options should be available on Web browsers. However, there's much debate about whether DNT should be opt-in or opt-out. "The privacy-friendly thing is to have DNT on by default," said Consumer Watchdog's John Simpson. But advertisers say turning on DNT...