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News Release
12/2/2011
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog today called for a federal investigation into the "Spyphone Scandal", in which software embedded in smartphones surreptitiously tracks users' activities, including their keystrokes and numbers they dialed. The probe should extend beyond the software developer, Carrier IQ, and include...
News Story
12/2/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
The software maker has turned mobile phones into spy phones, the consumer group says IDG News Service -- Consumer Watchdog has called for a U.S. government investigation of Carrier IQ, the maker of tracking software for mobile phones, and its users. The consumer group on Friday sent letters to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and U.S....
News Story
12/2/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Carrier IQ's woes continue to multiply. The Mountain View, Calif., startup now faces four lawsuits over allegations that its cellphone software violates the privacy of mobile users. A congressman has also asked the U.S. Federal Trade Commission today to investigate those charges. The developments aren't terribly surprising given the...
News Story
12/2/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Group asks for investigation of all involved parties Advocacy group Consumer Watchdog announced this afternoon that it has sent letters to the Justice Department and the FCC calling on them to investigate not only Carrier IQ, but also operating system makers, as well as handset manufacturers and phone carriers for their role in what it has...
News Story
12/1/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
A network monitoring application has privacy watchdogs up in arms after a security researcher claimed that the software is capable of recording detailed phone activity and relaying it to carriers without the user even being aware that it's present on the device. Various carriers and device makers are vehemently denying any involvement with...
News Story
11/2/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Last month, Verizon changed its privacy policy to allow the company to share your Web browsing habits, app downloads, and other information with third-party marketers. Naturally, this set off a wave of public backlash and alarm bells among consumer interest groups. But when we took a closer look at what other carriers were doing, it turns out...
Blog Post
9/6/2011
Posted by Laura Antonini
Apparently AT&T can make up rules without following them. In an audacious move by the nation’s worst rated and most hated wireless carrier, AT&T recently filed multiple lawsuits against its own customers – just months after the U.S. Supreme Court ok’d AT&T’s policy of requiring ripped-off customers to file...
News Story
9/1/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
The Justice Department filed suit Wednesday to block AT&T's planned acquisition of T-Mobile, bringing into high relief the debate over whether corporations or consumers matter more as the U.S. struggles through an economic downturn. AT&T has said that the proposed $39 billion merger between the nation's No.2 and No.4 mobile...
News Release
8/31/2011
Posted by Harvey Rosenfield
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog applauded the U.S. Justice Department today for filing a civil antitrust complaint to block the AT&T/T-Mobile Merger, calling it a victory for cell phone consumers, and urged the Federal Communications Commission to reject the deal as well. Earlier this month, Consumer Watchdog wrote a letter to the U.S...
Blog Post
8/31/2011
Posted by Laura Antonini
Did AT&T really think we’d fall for its broken record promises that the AT&T/T-Mobile merger would help consumers? Just a few weeks after Consumer Watchdog wrote a letter urging regulators to block the AT&T/T-Mobile merger, the Department of Justice gave the AT&T merger a big thumbs down by filing a civil antitrust...