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News Release
2/25/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA—Consumer Watchdog today called on the Federal Trade Commission to act immediately against Google’s most recent privacy violation – sharing users’ personal information with apps developers – and said the penalties for violating a previous consent order should reach into the billions of dollars....
News Story
2/25/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast. SANTA MONICA (CBSLA.com) — A consumer advocate group on Monday urged California Attorney General Kamala Harris to investigate whether alleged privacy violations by Google were in violation of state law. KNX 1070′S Vytas Safronikas reports Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog...
News Story
2/25/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Google's sharing of app buyers' personal information with developers violates an FTC settlement, Consumer Watchdog says IDG News Service - The U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the California Office of the Attorney General should investigate Google's Wallet service for sharing app buyers' personal information with app developers, a...
News Story
1/19/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Amid debate over standards, kids have easy access to violent and sexual content. Shoot zombies, watch their heads fly and blood splatter. Flick your finger and roll a virtual cigarette. Snap a photo and see what you look like with bigger breasts. It's all possible from a smartphone or tablet, and most of those games littered with violence,...
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 Release
2/22/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ agreement announced today committing the leading operators of mobile application platforms to require privacy policies for applications ("apps") is a step forward, Consumer Watchdog said, but in addition “Do Not Track” regulations must be implemented...
News Story
12/16/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously on Dec. 14 to cancel a move that would have put the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and other criminal justice personnel on Google’s cloud-based email system. While the city’s other employees will stay on Google’s Gmail, city officials believe that the security requirements...
News Release
12/15/2011
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on Los Angeles officials to demand Google remove a deceptive video featuring Los Angeles City employees from a website marketing the Internet giant’s Google Apps for Government “cloud computing” service. The call for action came in a letter to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa...
Blog Post
12/13/2011
Posted by John M. Simpson
Google's sad saga of missed deadlines and unfulfilled promises in attempting to provide the City of Los Angeles with a "cloud" based email and collaboration system appears to be drawing to a close. City Council is expected on Wednesday to approve amendments to its contract with CSC and Google that acknowledge the reality that...
News Release
12/6/2011
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today warned the Chicago Board of Education to consider Google’s failures in implementing an email system for the City of Los Angeles as the seven members consider a new email and collaboration system for the nation’s third largest school district. Chicago Public Schools have asked for...