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Blog Post
3/13/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
I was blown away by a conversation I had with a Silicon Valley insider who told me the technologists at Google were keeping score not just on my browsing habits, but their connection to my buying habits. Apparently, we each have our own "Google Score," which is determined by how we search, browse and buy AND determines the results of the...
Blog Post
3/12/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
My doctor’s office made a new, and pretty scary, request this morning. It was a routine visit, and when I paid my co-pay (and an odd 55 cent balance left over from last time) they gave me another form to sign. It informed me that, in order to reduce paper use and costs, the office was going to begin automatically billing my credit card,...
News Release
3/12/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Author Received $21,000 from Bill Benefactors SACRAMENTO, CA -- A consumer advocate will speak out against proposed legislation that would create a loophole in existing law which bars the sharing of private medical information without a patient's consent. The bill, SB 1096 (Calderon), does so by deeming what amounts to marketing material to be...
Blog Post
3/12/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
I went to the Los Angeles criminal courthouse yesterday where my wife was called as a witness for the prosecution of an identity theft case.  For about seven years, she has endured the frustration, time consumption, screwed up credit reports and general hurdles of dealing with a stolen identity.   When she reported it to the police in...
News Story
2/13/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Its request to doctors for data that could lead to policy rescissions was widely criticized Facing a torrent of criticism Tuesday, Blue Cross of California abruptly halted its practice of asking physicians in a letter to look for medical conditions that could be used to cancel patients' insurance coverage. In a statement issued about 6 p.m., the...
News Story
1/17/2007
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Progressive, which sells auto insurance directly to consumers over the phone and on the Internet, is offering Michigan drivers a program that will allow them to pay lower premiums by driving less and during non-peak hours. TripSense, a program started in Minnesota in 2004 that now has 6,000 participants, can save drivers up to 25 percent off their...
News Story
7/18/2006
Posted by Mark Reback
Peterborough, Ontario -- July 18, 2016 -- Consumer Watchdog is lobbying both the US government and American automotive giant Tesla Motors to implement new driving regulations on the company’s range of potentially groundbreaking autonomous vehicles. The organization sent representatives to the opening day of the Automated Vehicles...
Blog Post
6/20/2006
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
With more than half a million dollars from hi-tech companies who are pushing a federal effort to limit California's ability to protect consumer privacy, Arnold 2.0 could face an early test of his ability to say no to big donors. Because California is on the cutting edge of information privacy, any effort to federalize rules means weaker...
News Story
3/20/2006
Posted by Mark Reback
Urmson explained that Google is working closely with Foxx's team and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about regulation of these vehicles. On Friday, the NHTSA said in a report that there are significant legal hurdles to allowing fully autonomous vehicles without steering wheels, according to Reuters. "We are deploying...
News Release
7/9/2003
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Consumer Groups Vow to Continue Fight to End Homeowner Insurers' Arbitrary, Inconsistent and Unfair Use of Credit History Sacramento, CA -- Legislation that would prohibit insurance companies from using a consumer's credit history to deny them homeowner's insurance coverage or to set rates was killed today by the Assembly Insurance Committee when...