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News Story
3/12/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
John M. Simpson is the director of Consumer Watchdog's Stem Cell Oversight and Accountability Project. E-mail him at John@consumerwatchdog.org. --------------- President Barack Obama's lifting of federal restrictions on stem cell research is a victory for science over dogma, but as we've seen with California's $6 billion stem cell program, science...
Blog Post
2/27/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Facebook has taken the unusual step of allowing 30% of its members to decide privacy policies.  CBS News and CNET's Larry Magid and I talked the change over in this interview late last night. The jujitsu by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerman is no doubt meant to counter a recent populist revolt against a change in Facebook's fine print that...
News Story
2/26/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
(Semi-)Apology For Money-Snuffing Missive San Francisco, CA -- Google has attempted to cut the funding of a well-known public watchdog, after the organization launched a "guerrilla" attack on its Washington lobby operation. In a statement sent to The Register this morning, Google apologized for the incident. But it has yet to apologize...
News Story
2/25/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Google's critics have complained for several years that the company has grown too large and powerful to be entirely trustworthy. Fears about Google's size helped scuttle a planned deal to power search for Yahoo and also spurred opposition to its $3.1 billion buyout of DoubleClick. Now, new revelations have given some of Google's most ardent...
News Story
2/23/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Google's point man in Washington has issued an apology after a consumer advocacy group published an email in which he urged a donor to reconsider its funding of the group. Bob Boorstin, Google's Director of Corporate and Policy Communications, issued a statement on Monday apologizing for sending information about Consumer Watchdog to The Rose...
News Story
1/24/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The following Op-Ed commentary was published in the Los Angeles Times on Saturday, January 24, 2009. Jamie Court is president of Consumer Watchdog, which has offices in Santa Monica and Washington. ----------------- My parents can get Medicare, so why not me? Americans should not have to turn 65 years old or become disabled to have access to a...
News Release
11/19/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog said the health insurance industry's support of national health care reform on the condition that it includes a requirement that every American buy insurance coverage -- the so called "individual mandate" -- is self-serving.  The proposal amounts only to a customer delivery system for the...
Blog Post
10/31/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Internal FDA documents revealed by Congressman Henry Waxman show that "key FDA career officials strongly objected to Bush Administration drug labeling regulations that would preempt state liability lawsuits, asserting that the central justifications for the regulations were 'false and misleading' and warning that the changes would deprive...
News Release
9/23/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Schwarzenegger Must Keep His 'State of the State' Promise to Protect All Californians By Signing Legislation Los Angeles, CA -- New legislation awaiting Governor Schwarzenegger's signature is needed to protect Californians from future cancellations of coverage when they get sick and need coverage the most, said Consumer Watchdog.  Watch an...
News Story
7/26/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The insurance industry is busy telling us that it has teamed up with environmentalists to clean the air by cutting insurance premiums for drivers who spend less time on the road. The reality is that they want to monitor your driving electronically, and charge you more if you decline. "Pay-as-you-drive" insurance that charges low-mileage...