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4/27/2017
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today filed a formal complaint with the Federal Trade Commission charging that Uber Technologies had deceptively tracked users of its app after people thought they had deleted it from their iPhone. “The Commission should not be surprised by Uber’s abuses. It is a renegade technology and...
News Story
3/30/2017
Posted by Connor
The United States House of Representatives on Tuesday approved the Congressional Review Act, undoing privacy restrictions imposed on Internet service providers during the Obama administration. The Senate passed the CRA last week in a 50-48 vote along party lines. The White House has expressed support for the CRA. "This is one time I believe...
News Story
3/29/2017
Posted by Connor
  Groups on both sides of the braodband privacy debate flooded journalists' inboxes after House Republicans followed the Senate's lead and passed a Congressional Review Act resolution of disapproval Tuesday, repealing the FCC's broadband privacy rule framework. The President is expected to sign the resolution, which also prohibits...
News Story
3/27/2017
Posted by Connor
Privacy advocates and consumer groups are fighting back against the U.S. Senate's Thursday vote to undo privacy restrictions on Internet service providers. In a 50-48 party line vote, the Senate approved the Congressional Review Act, S.J. Res. 34. If the House of Representatives gives it the green light, it then will go to the president to be...
Video
3/22/2017
Posted by Connor
A study conducted by Consumer Watchdog shows Amazon fools its customers by posting misleading discounts.
News Story
3/22/2017
Posted by Connor
One aspect of shopping on Amazon is that the online retail giant appears to offer significant discounts on many of the items it sells. However, a new report alleges that these markdowns not as generous as they appear, and that many of them are effectively nonexistent. In fact, according to the report [PDF] commissioned by Consumer Watchdog,...
News Story
3/22/2017
Posted by Connor
Before or at the start of the promotion, Kogan increased the prices of the three computer monitors featured on its eBay store. As a result, Kogan claimed consumers received a 20% discount off the newly increased prices, they in fact only received a 9% discount off the previously advertised prices for each of the three computer monitors. Also in...
News Story
3/22/2017
Posted by Connor
As retailers get ready to take on Amazon in Australia, the US organization Consumer Watchdog has accused the online retailer of deliberately inflating the recommended retail price of goods on their site, a practice that the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission has moved to stamp out in Australia. In one incident Amazon was selling an...
News Story
3/22/2017
Posted by Connor
Amazin’ Amazon I don’t have to tell you that Amazon is crazy convenient. Forgot to get a bunch of random stuff at the store? Order anything from lip balm to groceries and find it on your doorstep within a couple of days. There are tons of options for basically any category you can think of, whether it’s TVs or mattress covers,...
News Story
3/22/2017
Posted by Connor
A consumer interest group has taken complaints about Amazon’s advertised prices to the California Attorney General, demanding an investigation and saying the company is “ripping consumers off.” The group, Consumer Watchdog, argued that prices sometimes shown as “list” or “was” above the current price --...