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News Story
6/8/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) executives hoped skepticism about Google Glass would die down, they had to be disappointed by questions they fielded at their shareholder meeting. John Simpson, the Privacy Policy Director at Consumer Watchdog, took the microphone at the meeting and called Google’s banning Glass there “hypocritical...
News Story
6/8/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Amid public outrage that the United States has been secretly mining data on foreigners through partnerships with nine U.S. tech giants — a story that broke late last week after The Guardian and The Washington Post published a series of leaked PowerPoint slides related to the program — many people have pointed out that one name is...
News Story
6/7/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Microsoft was the first to partner with the NSA in 2007, according to the once-secret PRISM PowerPoint deck. Other big-name tech companies followed, and even the obscure PalTalk joined the fray. But, quite conspiculously, Twitter never joined the government snooping program—there's no reference to the company in the NSA...
Blog Post
5/1/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
Microsoft, which is trying to position itself in a major advertising campaign as a privacy friendly Internet company, should take a simple step that shows it means what it says. Online tracking is pervasive and invasive on the Internet.  The most insidious is performed by companies that most consumers don't even know exist, so-called 3rd...
News Release
11/8/2012
Posted by Jamie Court
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog’s new five-star rated app gives iPhone and iPad users a way to complain, stay informed and be engaged on the top consumer issues of the day. A popular feature, the “Consumer Watchdog Dog House,” allows consumers to take a photo with their phone and satirize or applaud a politician,...
Blog Post
10/31/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
It looks like California Attorney General Kamala Harris means business when it comes to protecting consumers' online privacy.  She has started to warn scores of companies that their mobile applications or "apps" violate California privacy law and could face fines of up to $2,500 each time one is downloaded. Her action has...
News Story
10/30/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The Federal Trade Commission's proposed $22.5 million settlement with Google for privacy violations doesn't impose stringent enough conditions on the company, the group Consumer Watchdog argues in new court papers. The tentative deal does not "prevent Google from continuing to profit from the misconduct that it previously engaged in,...
News Story
10/28/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
A San Francisco court will hear arguments next month against a proposed US$22.5 million privacy settlement between Google and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, over Google's use of cookies to track the Web movements of users running Apple's Safari browser. The settlement, the largest ever secured by the FTC for violating one of its...
News Story
10/25/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The fanfare of Apple's (AAPL) announcement of two new iPads Tuesday quickly gave way to backlash from consumers who say the short life span of Apple products is becoming wearisome -- and expensive. Apple surprised fans by unveiling a revamped, full-size iPad, just seven months after releasing the third-generation iPad. The new, full-sized...
News Story
9/25/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog has criticized the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s proposed $22.5-million fine that Google might pay in connection with privacy settings on Apple’s Safari browser. The consumer advocacy group also complains that the FTC does not have a permanent injunction against Google for violating the earlier “Buzz”...