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News Story
1/30/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Google admitted its Street View cars collected private data from unsecured wireless network as part of an agreement with Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen to avoid having to go to court over the issue. The search giant acknowledged the cars downloaded payload data from unsecured WiFi networks between 2008 and September 2009 in an...
News Story
1/29/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Street View Data Slurp Saga Rolls On Google and the state of Connecticut have agreed to settle their despute over the web giant's Street View Wi-Fi payload slurp without going to court. In December, then Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal hit Google with a Civil Investigative Demand – the equivalent of a subpoena...
News Release
1/28/2011
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA — Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen’s deal with Google announced today makes it clear that Congressional hearings will be necessary if the American public is to understand fully what happened in the Wi-Spy scandal, Consumer Watchdog said. Google agreed to admit its Street View cars had collected private...
News Story
1/28/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Report claims Google benefits from special treatment Four years after the surprise news that Google executives were allowed to base their private planes at Moffett Federal Airfield, there have not been similar agreements made to use the airfield as officials had promised. Google CEO and co-founder Larry Page, co-founder Sergey Brin and...
News Release
1/27/2011
Posted by Carmen Balber
Washington, DC– House Republicans are misrepresenting California’s experience with medical liability limits to argue for legislation, HR 5, that would take away the rights of patients injured by medical negligence. Consumer Watchdog sent a letter to the bill’s author, House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith, today and called on...
News Story
1/27/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog, an advocacy group that has focused much of its attention in recent years on Google’s privacy practices, debuted its new animated satire -- “Mr. Schmidt Goes to Washington” -- on the streets of Washington DC, as part of its case for why Congress should call Google CEO Eric Schmidt to testify under oath about...
News Story
1/27/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
A consumer advocacy group has hired a van to drive around the streets of Washington D.C. playing an animated cartoon lampooning Google's outgoing CEO Eric Schmidt for previous statements he's made concerning Internet privacy. The group, Consumer Watchdog, said that it will send a truck around the streets of the...
News Release
1/26/2011
Posted by Carmen Balber
WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog’s new animated satire, “Mr. Schmidt Goes to Washington,” debuted today on the streets of Washington, DC, to make the case for why Congress should call Google CEO Eric Schmidt to testify under oath about the Wi-Spy scandal and other online privacy issues.  The group also said the...
News Story
1/26/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
As Eric Schmidt plans his transition from Google's chief executive into a role has a greater focus on government outreach, ardent Google critic and privacy advocate Consumer Watchdog has found a not-so-friendly way to welcome him to Washington.  After airing a video of Schmidt as a creepy ice cream truck driver in Times Square last...
Blog Post
1/3/2011
Posted by John M. Simpson
Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz, writing in U.S. News & World Report this week, offers one of the clearest explanations I've seen of why consumers need a Do Not Track Me function to protect their privacy as they surf the Web. I think the article also clearly demonstrates that support for the idea is growing in Washington...