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News Story
4/17/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Google’s $25,000 FCC fine for “hypocritical” obstruction is small change, say critics Consumer groups have criticised the small fne handed down to search giant Google, for impeding an investigation by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) into its collection of personal data by Street View cars. The $25,000...
News Release
4/16/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today demanded that the Federal Communications Commission release an uncensored version of its highly redacted decision to fine Google $25,000 for deliberately impeding and delaying its investigation of the Wi-Spy scandal. The nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest group is filing a Freedom of...
News Story
4/16/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Google cofounder Sergey Brin spoke out about his biggest concerns regarding the freedom and openness of the Internet during a recent interview. He named government censorship, overreach from entertainment companies anxious to eradicate piracy, and walled-off platforms as some of the Net's biggest problems of the day. The concept of the...
News Story
4/12/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
A letter was issued to state senators asking for "for an examination of the years-long failure of the Department of Toxic Substances Control to protect communities from dangerous industries." A Newark refinery was identified by Consumer Watchdog as an example of a "dangerous industry" that the group says the state...
News Story
4/11/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The underbelly of industry in California is toxic waste, from the arcane chemicals used to manufacture computers to contaminated engine oil left behind after an oil change at a service station. The state has strict rules and regulations on how such waste can be disposed of or recycled – governing storage, transportation and reprocessing to...
News Release
4/11/2012
Posted by Judy Dugan
Sacramento, CA — In a letter to state senators, Consumer Watchdog called for an examination of the years-long failure of the Department of Toxic Substances Control to protect communities from dangerous industries near homes and schools. Senators have an opportunity to ask questions about these problems at today’s Rules Committee...
News Story
4/11/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
When times are hard, fraud often gets worse. Americans are under great financial pressure, and there is no shortage of criminals waiting to take advantage of it. According to the most recent report published by the Federal Trade Commission, there were more than 1.8 million complaints of fraud, identity theft or some other deceptive business...
News Story
3/28/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Google is reportedly working on a third-party comment platform. Sites that use comment platforms allow their users to discuss articles and blog posts by signing into third party's network. Facebook is currently a leader in the scene, and a move from Google would open up another competitive front for the two. Google, according to reports,...
News Release
3/16/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog welcomed reports today confirming that the Federal Trade Commission and European regulators are investigating Google for violating the online privacy choices of consumers using the Safari web browser on Apple computers, iPhones and iPads. In a letter last month, Consumer Watchdog said that Google was...
News Story
3/1/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
WASHINGTON, DC -- Google rolled out its new privacy policy Thursday allowing the firm to track users across various services to developed targeted advertising, despite sharp criticism from US and European consumer advocacy groups. Google contends the move simplifies and unifies its policies across its various services such as Gmail, YouTube,...