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1/22/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Google led in lobbying spending by ten tech firms who pumped a combined $61.15 million into efforts to influence federal regulators and lawmakers in 2013, up 15.9 percent from a combined total of $52.78 million, according to records filed with the Clerk of the House this week. Consumer Watchdog, a nonpartisan nonprofit...
News Story
1/22/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Google’s spending on lobbying dropped in 2013, but it is still lavishing Washington with more money than any other tech company. The search giant spent $14.1 million to help influence lawmakers and regulators last year, according to data published on House.gov. That was down after its 2012 spending spiked to $16.5 million when the...
News Story
1/22/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Ten of the largest technology companies in the US spent more than $61 million lobbying Washington in 2013, according to an analysis of records filed by Consumer Watchdog earlier this week. The firms, including Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Facebook, used the money in attempts to guide the government's hand on issues such as privacy, data...
News Story
5/30/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The FCC is asking about the security practices of carriers with respect to customer information stored on customer devices and the application of existing privacy and security requirements to that information. The Wireline and Wireless bureaus and General Counsel's Office jointly made the request in a public notice. It follows a series of...
News Story
12/5/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., Sen. Al Franken D-Minn., and Consumer Watchdog are asking federal regulators to investigate whether mobile software firm Carrier IQ's practices violate consumer privacy rights. And groups like the Center for Digital Democracy are calling for federal privacy legislation. The company came under fire after reports that...
News Story
12/3/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
The software firm acknowledges that it collects a wide variety of smartphone usage data. 'But capturing keystrokes and [text] messages, email, audio and video is not what we do.' A little-known California software company that can monitor every keystroke consumers make on many popular smartphones struck back at critics who accused it...
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...