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News Story
11/11/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has denied a petition that would force websites to honor Do Not Track requests by consumers. The petition was filed by the Consumer Watchdog, an organization designed to advocate for consumer interests. In the FCC’s order, it stated, “The Commission has been unequivocal in declaring that it...
News Story
11/9/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The Federal Communication Commission's decision not to require Websites to honor "do not track" browser settings has not deterred Consumer Watchdog's plans to get some sort of federal protection against Web user tracking. The FCC announced its decision on Nov 6, saying that even though its reclassification of the Internet allowed...
News Story
11/9/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Websites won't have to adhere to "Do Not Track" requests after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) dismissed a petition, filed in June by Consumer Watchdog, asked the FCC to require “edge providers” like Google, Facebook, YouTube, Pandora, Netflix, and LinkedIn to honor them. “Do Not Track” is...
News Story
11/6/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Petition to impose Do Not Track requirements rejected by commission. Websites will not be forced to honor consumers' "Do Not Track" requests as the Federal Communications Commission today dismissed a petition that would have imposed new requirements on companies like Google and Facebook. Consumer Watchdog had ...
News Story
10/12/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
California has leaped to the forefront of protecting digital privacy -- from Big Brother, big business and even your Smart TV -- as Gov. Jerry Brown signed a raft of bills aimed at taming a world of increasingly surreptitious technology.     The new laws will prevent state and local law enforcement from snooping on emails without a...
News Story
5/13/2015
Posted by Cody Rosenfield
As companies from Google to Tesla Motors race to develop self-driving cars, the nonprofit group Consumer Watchdog has a helpful suggestion: Don’t leave out the steering wheel. Or the brake pedal. The consumer advocacy group on Tuesday called for regulations requiring all autonomous cars to have those basic components so their drivers (or...
News Story
5/13/2015
Posted by Cody Rosenfield
May 13, 2015 -- While tech companies scramble to develop a new generation of driverless cars, one local consumer advocacy group says not so fast. Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog on Tuesday raised safety concerns about the budding technology and called on Google to provide the public with details of 11 collisions involving Google’s...
News Story
5/12/2015
Posted by Cody Rosenfield
Despite a protest of almost 200 residents, the Santa Monica city council unanimously passed an ordinance Tuesday that will prohibit residents from sharing their place when they're not present. This tough legislation is a first, Airbnb spokesperson Alison Schumer, told KPCC prior to the meeting.  "The unnecessarily restrictive...
News Story
5/10/2015
Posted by Cody Rosenfield
Consumer Watchdog agrees with Supervisor David Campos that corporate influence on our laws has reached an unhealthy level. In fact, our public-interest group was behind Proposition J, a San Francisco ballot initiative enacting strong public-ethics measures in 2000. Unfortunately, the Board of Supervisors subsequently eviscerated its protections,...
News Release
4/30/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog strongly supports the Consumer Privacy Protection Act introduced today by Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and five other Democratic Senators. “This is a strong bill that provides important protections for consumers’ data,” said John M. Simpson, Consumer...