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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,...
News Release
1/10/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog praised Attorney General Kamala D. Harris for releasing guidelines to protect privacy in the mobile ecosystem and said the key recommendations in her "Privacy on the Go" report released today should be enacted into law to fully protect consumers. "This is an important step towards taming...
News Story
1/10/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
California report also says Mobile apps should not collect data not related to their basic functionality Mobile application developers should minimize privacy surprises for their customers by limiting their data collection and retention and giving users access to the data collected, California Attorney General Kamala Harris has recommended. Mobile...
News Release
12/7/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog Friday praised California Attorney General Kamala Harris for defending consumers’ privacy rights by filing a suit against Delta Airlines for offering a mobile “app” that violates the state’s privacy law. Under California law apps designed for use on smartphones and other mobile...
News Release
11/8/2012
Posted by Jamie Court
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog’s new five-star rated app gives iPhone and iPad users a way to complain, stay informed and be engaged on the top consumer issues of the day. A popular feature, the “Consumer Watchdog Dog House,” allows consumers to take a photo with their phone and satirize or applaud a politician,...
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...
Blog Post
7/16/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
The Obama Administration launched its "multistakeholder" privacy deliberations last week, but its difficult to see how there will be meaningful results unless Team Obama changes its tactics.   You'll remember that last February the White House released its landmark privacy report, Consumer Data Privacy in a Networked World...
News Story
4/3/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
The app Girls Around Me pulls information women publicly post on their social network profiles, collates it, and delivers it to the app's users, complete with geolocation. Critics call it creepy, but some also say it's a wakeup call for people to zip up their online privacy settings. Others are concerned that the conversation surrounding...