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News Story
5/1/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Unredacted FCC findings appear to contradict Google's claim that it inadvertently intercepted individuals' internet communications in the process of gathering data from Wi-Fi networks across the globe for the firm's “Street View” project. The Federal Communications Commission's investigation into data-collection...
News Story
5/1/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
In the case of FCC vs Google Street View that’s been going on for some weeks, months, and even years now, a “lone engineer” has been identified and called out on his role in the so-called scandal. This fellow is being called “Engineer Doe” by the FCC but has been discovered this week as being a software engineer by...
News Release
4/16/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today demanded that the Federal Communications Commission release an uncensored version of its highly redacted decision to fine Google $25,000 for deliberately impeding and delaying its investigation of the Wi-Spy scandal. The nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest group is filing a Freedom of...
Blog Post
12/28/2011
Posted by Doug Heller
If you use the internet, you’re being tracked by the big players of the web like Google. In our quest to shine a light on this constant digital invasion of our lives, Consumer Watchdog decided to turn the tables on Google earlier this year by tracking them... old-fashioned style: with mimes! Consumer Watchdog’s privacy advocates...
News Story
10/7/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Noting (as I did on Monday) that Schmidt had basically recanted his contrite testimony before Congress in basically calling the government slow and stupid in a Washington Post interview, Consumer Watchdog said in a letter to Senate chairman Herb Kohl that Schmidt should be recalled to testify by the Senate Antitrust Subcommittee: “It...
News Release
10/5/2011
Posted by Jamie Court
Washington, DC – Consumer Watchdog today took Google's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt to task today over remarks made to The Washington Post in which he claimed Google should not be the subject of antitrust review because its services are "free" and made derogatory remarks about government officials being slow, backward and...
News Story
9/22/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Mimes who pretended to gather strangers’ personal information and free ice cream were part of a consumer group's message Wednesday that Google has too much information about its users.   Washington, D.C. - infoZine - Scripps Howard Foundation Wire - Consumer Watchdog sponsored the activities in advance of a Senate hearing...
News Story
9/21/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
It's a lousy radio story.  But here's my vote for the most creative protest this week. The press release from Consumer Watchdog promises "a troupe of mimes – dressed in white “Google Track Team” suits and wearing Google “Wi-Spy” glasses – will follow people around Dirksen Senate Office...
News Release
9/19/2011
Posted by Carmen Balber
WASHINGTON – Consumer Watchdog’s latest online animated video debuted today, satirizing Google CEO Larry Page and Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt to dramatize Google’s information monopoly and make the case for Do Not Track Legislation. The video, “Supercharge,” exposes actual quotes by the executives and shows the...
News Story
7/11/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
With the company's Google+ service still in is infant stages, Google's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt is set to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee's antitrust subcommittee this September over the Wi-Spy scandal. Reported by consumer group Watchdog, the scandal focused on Google's use of Street View cars. The...