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News Release
2/25/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
Los Angeles, CA – Consumer Watchdog today urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reject AT&T’s proposed purchase of the satellite television company DIRECTV unless the company agrees to eliminate DIRECTV’s anti-consumer policy of charging massive Early Termination Fees, often taken directly from a customer...
News Release
2/25/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – The Federal Communication Commission should protect consumer privacy and regulate connections between the Internet and so-called “edge providers,” like Google, when the agency begins regulating broadband service like a public utility, Consumer Watchdog said today. An FCC fact sheet about Chairman Tom Wheeler...
News Story
2/18/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog’s Privacy Project Director claims that public trust in US technology companies will be weakened by reports suggesting that the NSA embedded spyware on computer hard drives around the world. WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Public trust in US technology companies will be weakened by reports suggesting that the...
News Release
2/13/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today called on President Obama to back mandatory encryption of sensitive data like health records to prevent damaging data breaches like the Anthem Inc. hack that compromised the records of 80 million people. The nonprofit nonpartisan public interest group made its call as Obama was speaking at The White...
News Story
2/6/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Argue for deeper dive into consolidation of data trackers/aggregators/marketers Consumer groups are pushing the Federal Trade Commission to take a more muscular approach to vetting consolidation in the era of Big Data, including launching an investigation into the impact on the public of consolidation in "consumer offline and online data...
News Story
2/6/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission should launch an investigation into the growing consolidation of big data analytics firms and digital marketing companies, a coalition of four privacy groups said Friday. A recent spate of acquisitions in the big data and digital marketing industries raises privacy concerns about “companies amassing...
News Story
2/6/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Late last year, when Oracle announced it had reached a deal to purchase Datalogix, a targeting shop known for connecting offline purchases to online ads, some privacy advocates quickly raised the alarm. “Through the data it gathers on what we buy, and with its relationship with Facebook and other powerful marketers, Datalogix consists of a...
News Release
2/5/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Answering Consumer Watchdog’s call, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is invoking key sections of the Communications Act that will provide the basis for vital consumer and privacy protections in his plan to reclassify broadband service and regulate the providers like public utilities. “Section 222 of the Act will be the...
News Story
2/5/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Congress hesitant on how to regulate Internet service, leaving FCC to rely on 80-year-old law WASHINGTON, D.C. - Few members of Congress appear willing to move toward a bipartisan update to the 80-year-old, Depression-era law that top U.S. regulators say gives them the authority to regulate the Internet. That means that communications legislation...
News Story
1/27/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Congressional Hearing Highlights the Difficulties Despite bipartisan rhetoric, comments from lawmakers and witnesses at a House hearing Jan. 27 illustrate why reaching a consensus on a national data breach notification law remains a challenge. Remarks made at the hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and...