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News Release
9/24/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
SAN FRANCISCO – The Federal Trade Commission’s proposed $22.5 million settlement with Google for hacking past privacy settings on Apple’s Safari browser fails to include a permanent injunction against violating its “Buzz” Consent Decree with the Commission, one of three reasons it be should be rejected, Consumer...
News Story
9/24/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
A deal that calls for Google to pay a $22.5 million civil penalty for tracking Safari users should be rejected, Consumer Watchdog argues in new court papers. "The proposed settlement is markedly unusual and deficient," the organization says in papers filed on Friday with U.S. District Court Judge Susan Illston in San Francisco. The group...
News Story
9/6/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will commence evaluation of the mobile broadband speed to help customers know if they are getting value for money. A public meeting will be held Sept.21 in Washington D.C. to seek participation by other parties including researchers, PC World reported. At the meeting, the FCC will hold discussion on...
News Release
9/5/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC -– The Federal Communications Commission’s plan to launch a program to measure mobile broadband service performance in the United States falls short of providing adequate protection, Consumer Watchdog said today. Cell phone carriers must be required to disclose data speeds in their advertisements if consumers are to...
News Story
9/5/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The agency says major carriers and CTIA have already agreed to cooperate with the initiative The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is getting ready to measure mobile data speeds in a joint project with major carriers and other participants. On Sept. 21, the FCC will hold a public meeting in Washington, D.C., where it will seek participation...
News Story
9/5/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The Federal Communications Commission today announced plans to measure mobile broadband service performance in an attempt to provide consumers with information regarding wireless data speeds. A meeting is scheduled to be held on Sept. 21 to discuss the new program. Wireless industry trade association CTIA and wireless carriers have already made...
News Release
8/23/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON D.C. -- Citing deceptive and confusing advertising by mobile phone companies concerning data speeds, Consumer Watchdog today petitioned the Federal Communications Commission to require wireless carriers to disclose actual network data speeds. The group told the FCC that technical speed standards for “4G” mobile technology...
News Story
8/23/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to view a video of this news broadcast. Consumer Watchdog of Santa Monica on Thursday will file a complaint against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) accusing the entity and cell phone carriers of “misleading the public” about the speed of so-called 4G wireless service. The Get Garcia team, which tried to crack the...
News Story
8/23/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer advocate group Consumer Watchdog is asking the Federal Communications Commission to require carriers to list the speed of their 4G networks in advertisements and at the point of sale. In a petition to be filed Thursday, the consumer group said that while carriers tout their “4G” networks, the definitions of what qualifies a...
News Story
8/10/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The FTC fines Google a record $22.5 million for violating the privacy of people who used Apple's Safari Web browser even after pledging it would not. In levying a record $22.5-million fine against Google Inc., the Federal Trade Commission said it wanted to send a clear message to the Internet giant that it won't tolerate similar breaches...