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News Story
1/20/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A coalition of U.S. groups on Wednesday urged the Federal Communications Commission to write sweeping privacy protections for the nation's broadband users. The groups want providers of broadband internet services including mobile and landline phone, cable and satellite TV firms to be subject to tough privacy regulations...
News Story
11/24/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Big media companies have ramped up efforts to fight the growing use of technology designed to block online ads. Here's what you need to know about why ad blockers are on the rise, and why many publishers hate them. The ad blocker battle pitting consumers and privacy advocates against big media companies heated up last week when Yahoo issued an...
News Story
11/11/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has denied a petition that would force websites to honor Do Not Track requests by consumers. The petition was filed by the Consumer Watchdog, an organization designed to advocate for consumer interests. In the FCC’s order, it stated, “The Commission has been unequivocal in declaring that it...
News Story
11/9/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The Federal Communication Commission's decision not to require Websites to honor "do not track" browser settings has not deterred Consumer Watchdog's plans to get some sort of federal protection against Web user tracking. The FCC announced its decision on Nov 6, saying that even though its reclassification of the Internet allowed...
News Story
11/9/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Websites won't have to adhere to "Do Not Track" requests after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) dismissed a petition, filed in June by Consumer Watchdog, asked the FCC to require “edge providers” like Google, Facebook, YouTube, Pandora, Netflix, and LinkedIn to honor them. “Do Not Track” is...
News Story
11/6/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Petition to impose Do Not Track requirements rejected by commission. Websites will not be forced to honor consumers' "Do Not Track" requests as the Federal Communications Commission today dismissed a petition that would have imposed new requirements on companies like Google and Facebook. Consumer Watchdog had ...
News Story
8/2/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Nine years ago, Nikki, the 18-year-old daughter of Christos and Lesli Catsouras, died in a horrific automobile crash in Orange County. Graphic confidential police investigative photos of her remains were leaked and posted on the Internet. Today, those gruesome images are still linked to her name and the names of other Catsouras family members in...
News Story
7/10/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Google’s refusal to honor U.S. citizens’ requests to remove content they’d rather have hidden is “unfair and deceptive” since the company professes to be concerned about privacy, an advocacy organization charged in a formal complaint filed July 7 with the Federal Trade Commission. According to Consumer Watchdog, the...
News Story
7/8/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
A new bill introduced in the House on Wednesday would require companies to notify consumers within 30 days if hackers obtain “sensitive” information -- including photos, geolocation data and medical information. The Consumer Privacy Protection Act, introduced by Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I. ) and backed by other Democrats, is a...
News Release
4/30/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog strongly supports the Consumer Privacy Protection Act introduced today by Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and five other Democratic Senators. “This is a strong bill that provides important protections for consumers’ data,” said John M. Simpson, Consumer...