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News Story
6/2/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Cars used to harvest Wi-Fi data in Germany. By DANIEL MIHAILESCU, AFP/Getty Images Canada has become the latest nation to launch a formal investigation into Google’s practice of harvesting personal Wi-Fi data from open wireless networks. “We have a number of questions about how this collection could have happened,” Canadian...
News Story
6/2/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Canada’s privacy commissioner has launched an investigation into Google’s disclosure that it mistakenly collected data from unsecured home Wi-Fi networks.  “We are very concerned about the privacy implications stemming from Google’s confirmation that it had been capturing Wi-Fi data in neighborhoods across Canada and...
News Release
6/2/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Consumer Watchdog Will Give ‘Inside Google’ Report To Antitrust Officials WASHINGTON, DC --  Google has been using its dominant position in online search to muscle its way into other Internet businesses, ultimately limiting consumer choice, Consumer Watchdog said today in a report written for its new Inside Google website. The...
News Story
4/13/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Mercury Insurance Group, which is bankrolling a controversial ballot initiative on car insurance, was accused by state regulators Monday of overcharging California motorists and homeowners for coverage. The state's third largest car insurer, Mercury "may have illegally overcharged thousands of Californians," according to the state...
News Story
4/13/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Mercury is accused of violating state laws on how policies are priced and sold. Mercury Insurance Group violated state laws meant to regulate how coverage is priced and sold and, as a result, overcharged perhaps thousands of Californians for homeowner and automobile insurance, the state Department of Insurance said Monday. The state's fourth-...
News Story
4/13/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Mercury Insurance Group, a major backer of a hotly contested insurance measure on the June ballot, faces potentially costly fines in the wake of a new state report alleging that California's third-largest insurer is violating state laws "despite agreements with the state to terminate illegal behavior." The report, released Monday by...
News Story
4/12/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Mercury Insurance Group, the high-profile firm that has put up $3.5 million to back a ballot measure that consumer advocates say would raise insurance rates for some Californians, continues to violate state laws, has engaged in discriminatory practices and may have illegally overcharged thousands of consumers, according to a new report from the...
News Release
4/12/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Santa Monica, CA -- The California Department of Insurance (CDI) today said that Mercury Insurance Company, the sponsor of Proposition 17, has overcharged and discriminated against California customers for over fifteen years, including failing to deliver discounts required by state law and imposing unlawful surcharges. Consumer advocates said that...
News Story
4/12/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Insurer, a Prop 17. Backer, Alleges Bias SACRAMENTO — Less than two months before voters will be asked to decide on a controversial auto insurance initiative sponsored by Mercury Insurance, Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner on Monday alleged the company “has disregarded California’s consumer protection statutes and overcharged...
News Release
3/26/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Advocates Say “Intentionally Dishonest” Is Par for the Course for Prop 17 Sponsor Mercury  (Cross-posted from StopProp17.org, sponsored by Campaign for Consumer Rights.) Santa Monica, CA – Mercury Insurance’s treatment of its policyholder Amerigraphics, a printing and graphics business in of Sherman Oaks, California...