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12/2/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
If you're one of the millions of Americans shopping online today on "Cyber Monday," be careful. You can't trust Google Shopping to show you the best price. A Consumer Watchdog study found that, more often than not, the item featured in the Google Shopping result is not the lowest price. For 8 out of 14 items we searched for, the...
Video
11/28/2013
Posted by Daniel Palay
Shopping online is usually convenient, easy, and a way to save money. But Consumer Watchdog of Santa Monica says if you're shopping online through Google, it might actually be costing you money. Consumer Watchdog did a test comparing prices of several popular items, such as digital cameras, toasters, iPads and electric drills using Google...
News Story
11/27/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio news broadcast. LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — With the start of the holiday shopping season just days away, a consumer group says taking Google along with you to compare prices might end up costing you twice as much. A Consumer Watchdog study has determined product results returned through...
News Release
11/26/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer groups on both sides of the Atlantic are opposed to a proposed deal to settle the European Commission’s antitrust investigation of Google. Consumer Watchdog, a U.S.-based public interest group, filed comments late Monday night opposing a proposed settlement to the European Commission’s antitrust...
News Release
11/25/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA – Google is taking advantage of its monopoly position in search to charge merchants more for placement in Google Shopping, causing higher prices for consumers, a Consumer Watchdog study has found. The nonpartisan, nonprofit public interest group is filing the study, made Nov. 11 and Nov. 12, with the European Commission as part...
News Release
11/6/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog has challenged Google to make public its latest proposal to settle the European Commission’s antitrust investigation by 5 p.m. Wednesday, or the public interest group said it would release the proposed deal itself. “I am writing on behalf of Consumer Watchdog to challenge you to hold your...
News Story
6/27/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
From the there-oughtta-be-a-law department comes a proposal by a Federal Trade Commissioner, no less, to require big companies to pull back the curtains on their Big Data activities. Consumers should be able to exercise some control over their own data, argued Commissioner Julie Brill. The idea may be laudable, but implementation would likely be...
News Story
6/25/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Not so fast, Google. The United States government has launched an inquiry into Google’s $1 billion purchase of Waze, a popular mobile mapping and traffic application, according to multiple reports, in the latest regulatory headache for the Silicon Valley tech titan. The Federal Trade Commission’s inquiry, which is still in a...
News Story
6/24/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Watchdog's action follows demands from consumer groups and is part of scrutiny of tech pioneer across the globe Waze: Google's acquisition is being investigated by the US FTC The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is investigating Google's $1.3bn acquisition of the crowdsourced traffic-mapping and navigation company Waze, the...
News Story
6/24/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Google revealed that Federal Trade Commission attorneys are investigating its $1.1 billion acquisition of Israeli crowdsourced location services firm Waze. A Google spokesperson confirmed the rumored antitrust review to The Wall Street Journal but declined to comment on details. Lawyers familiar with the antitrust investigation process say...