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9/12/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Ann Arbor — President Donald Trump’s administration is doing away with an Obama-era policy that could have required automakers to submit safety assessments showing their self-driving cars meet 15 guidelines before placing them on public roads. Instead, the Trump administration’s proposal says automakers “may” submit a...
News Story
9/12/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
The fading of the tech industry’s bipartisan glow in Washington puts it at risk for tighter regulations The days of unqualified praise from Washington are over for the country’s biggest tech companies, whose size and power are increasingly drawing attacks from both the left and the right. Democrats are condemning Facebook for allowing...
News Story
9/12/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
The U.S. Transportation Department unveiled a new policy that permits companies developing autonomous vehicles to self-police the technology’s safety, a move that drew plaudits from automakers but criticism from safety advocates. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said the policy incorporates concerns raised by companies and others about...
News Release
9/11/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Internet giant Google appears to be manipulating its search engine results to favor opposition to bipartisan efforts seeking to amend a key Internet law so websites like Backpage that facilitate online sex trafficking can be held accountable, Consumer Watchdog said today. Three of the top four links returned under the news...
News Story
9/11/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
The freedom of the open road holds a magnetic appeal for Americans, quickening like the flood when Henry Ford unleashed his Model T, but exhilaration can’t be traded for the convenience of the “safety” of a car that drives itself. Such a car is a measure of progress only if it works. Seeing is believing, and it’s likely to...
Video
9/10/2017
Posted by Connor
After Equifax's data breech it has tried to placate the public by offering free credit monitoring, on the condition you waive your right to sue. This may violate California law, says Consumer Watchdog.
News Release
9/8/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
Group Calls for Attorney General to Investigate SANTA MONICA, CA – Giant credit bureau Equifax’s response to a data breach and its offer for free credit monitoring for victims may violate California law, Consumer Watchdog said today. The group called for Attorney General Xavier Becerra to investigate. California law requires that a...
News Story
9/8/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer watchdogs criticized Atlanta-based Equifax on Friday for its offer of a package of credit and identity theft protection services in the wake of a giant data breach, because of fine print they say could limit consumers’ recourse in the event of dispute. Consumer groups say a clause in the terms of use bind them to arbitration, giving...
News Release
9/7/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today praised Tech giant Oracle for breaking ranks with the rest of the industry and supporting bipartisan Congressional efforts to amend a key Internet law so rogue websites like Backpage can be held accountable for facilitating child sex trafficking. CoStar Group Inc., a real estate technology company...
News Story
9/7/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
On to the Senate Self-driving cars have been on the horizon for the past few years, as companies like Tesla and Waymo have been focused on bringing autonomous vehicles to the market. Even though self-driving tech has been improving, it seems perpetually a few years away. Now, the U.S. House just passed legislation that could accelerate the...