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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...
News Story
11/1/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The United States Federal Communications Commission last week adopted privacy rules for both wired and wireless broadband ISPs aimed at giving consumers greater control over their data, more privacy, and stronger security safeguards for that data. The rules implement Section 222 of the Communications Act. They establish a framework of customer...
News Story
9/16/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
English translation below.   Para Caritino Hernández y Antonia Cruz, ser dueños de su propio negocio y obtener ganancias “de miles de dólares” captó su atención cuando les ofrecieron ser distribuidores de Herbalife en 2008. Sin embargo, después de cuatro años de estar con...
News Release
8/30/2016
Posted by Jamie Court
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on Attorney General Kamala Harris “to take immediate action on the hundreds of consumer complaints against Herbalife to obtain relief for the hundreds of Californians, regardless of their immigration status, who were victimized by Herbalife’s deceptive and predatory business...
News Release
6/23/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today opposed SB 726, a California Senate Bill that would curtail the ability for critics to speak out against questionable business practices. The bill was introduced as gut and amend legislation by Sen. Ben Hueso. The Assembly Banking and Finance Committee will hold a hearing on SB 726 on Monday, June...
News Story
6/21/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Your TV’s set-top box is ratting you out to advertisers. At least that’s the contention of consumer groups that have filed complaints with federal authorities demanding a crackdown on overzealous data collection. The complaints to the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission say pay-TV companies fail to disclose...
News Release
5/24/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – The Federal Communications Commission’s plan to open the set-top box market to competition offers savings to consumers, but should not be enacted unless a Pandora’s box of privacy issues are resolved with robust privacy protection regulations, Consumer Watchdog said in comments just filed with the agency....