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News Release
12/19/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog and Privacy Rights Clearinghouse have filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission charging that Google violated the law and an earlier consent agreement when it forced a change in its privacy policy on users in a highly deceptive manner, without meaningful notice and consent. The Internet giant...
News Story
12/19/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
This summer, Google revised its privacy policy to allow the company to combine data about people's Web-browsing activity -- which ad companies long insisted was "anonymous" -- with information seen as personally identifiable. The updated terms apply to new account holders by default, but only affect existing users who opt in. The...
News Story
12/19/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Two consumer groups have filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission alleging that Google broke the law by deceptively forcing a privacy-policy change onto users that allows the firm to build much more comprehensive files on individuals. Consumer Watchdog, a prominent Google adversary on self-driving cars, joined Privacy...
News Story
12/19/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Complaint filed with FTC takes issue with how search giant bundles user data Two privacy groups have filed a complaint asking U.S. regulators to review changes Google made to its privacy policy in June that enable the internet-search giant to build more robust profiles of its users. The complaint, which Consumer Watchdog and Privacy Rights...
Blog Post
12/18/2016
Posted by Jamie Court
Uber is hearing Tommy Petty. It won't back down in its dispute with the California Department of Motor Vehicles over putting its robot cars on California roads without a license to drive. Consumer Watchdog has advocated the test robot cars be impounded and the California Attorney General has now sent a letter telling Uber it will take the...
News Story
12/16/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Intense fight with the state, ignited after cars were caught running red lights, exposed illegal and unethical tactics the company has used for years, critics say Uber has launched an aggressive battle with California over its controversial self-driving cars, with regulators and consumer advocates accusing the corporation of flagrantly violating...
News Story
12/15/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
A consumer group says Uber's CEO should be arrested If a human being with a valid driver's license is sitting behind the steering wheel of a self-driving car, does the car need a special permit? California says it does, and the state DMV has ordered Uber to shut down its self-driving UberX service that it started just one day ago in San...
News Story
12/15/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Uber is under fire for rolling out self-driving cars in San Francisco without a permit, which state regulators say is illegal. The California Department of Motor Vehicles has ordered the ride-hailing firm to cease its autonomous vehicles operations, threatening legal action if "Uber does not confirm immediately that it will stop its launch...
News Story
12/15/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - California shut down Uber’s testing of self-driving cars shortly after the ride-sharing service launched its pilot in San Francisco, citing a lack of permit and threatening to sue. Uber Technologies Inc. launched the test without a permit as required by the US state. Twenty companies have been approved to test a total...
News Release
12/14/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on San Francisco police to impound Uber’s robot cars operating without a permit on city streets and asked City Attorney Dennis Herrera to file criminal charges against Uber CEO Travis Kalanick. California Motor Vehicle Code requires a permit for testing autonomous vehicles in the state...