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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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,...
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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 --...
News Story
2/2/2017
Posted by Connor
Washington --The Federal Trade Commission will focus on fraud and be judicious in making paperwork requests when it opens an investigation into a company, acting FTC Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen said in a speech on Thursday. Ohlhausen called fighting fraud the "core of the FTC's consumer protection mission." "These cases may not...
News Story
12/21/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
A recent policy change made by search giant Google in June has now resulted it in being branded as a ‘serial privacy violator’. Consumer Watchdog and the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse according to The Washington Post have now filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) stating that Google had made changes in its...
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12/21/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Google’s privacy policy is under the microscope. Consumer Watchdog and Privacy Rights Clearinghouse filed a complaint Thursday regarding the alterations Google made to its privacy policy in June. The complaint, which was made public Monday, requested that the Federal Trade Commission review the matter. The privacy groups said the changes...