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News Story
5/1/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Washington (AFP) - A study ordered by US President Barack Obama and released Thursday concludes that analysis of "big data" can help society in many ways, from improving health care to spurring economic growth. But the report also said the vast expansion of computer analytics of large data banks creates new threats to privacy, and...
News Release
4/1/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog has told the White House Team studying the Obama Administration’s policy towards “Big Data” that “people must be able to know what information is gathered about them, how long it is kept and for what the information will be used.” Consumer Watchdog also joined 21 other...
News Story
3/31/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is considering a bill pay feature for Google Now, the company’s digital personal assistant. A framework for the potential feature was uncovered in lines of code that appeared in a recent software update (version 3.3) to Google’s main Search app for Android devices, uncovered by tech blog AndroidPolice....
News Story
1/25/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Personal information about at least 74,000 current and former Coca-Cola employees may have been compromised after company laptops were stolen, the beverage giant said Friday. Social Security numbers for about 18,000 employees, former workers, contractors and vendors in the United States and Canada were on computers recovered from an ex-employee...
News Story
1/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast segment. The security breaches at Target and Neiman Marcus have raised questions over how quickly companies are required to disclose that customer information was hacked. Joe Raedle/Getty Images You might think that retailers have to let you know right away if they get hacked...
News Story
1/20/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
In theory, stores must notify their shoppers about data theft A decade of lawmaking by states to ensure customers are told when their data has been hacked still lets companies such as Target wait weeks or even months to disclose security breaches. Forty-six of 50 U.S. states have passed laws requiring disclosure, but the laws vary in terms of...
News Story
1/16/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Most states have their own "security breach laws" requiring companies to notify consumers if their credit card numbers have been stolen The recent data breach at Target highlights the growing role of states in protecting people's online data and privacy. Attorneys general in Connecticut, Illinois and New York are leading a multistate...
Video
1/11/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Department store Neiman Marcus confirmed that its database of customer information was hacked last month. The data breach occurred around mid-December, the same time as the Target attack. John M. Simpson of Consumer Watchdog speculates on the delay of announcement.
News Story
1/11/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Think twice next time a store asks for your phone number, email or zip code. If you fork it over, you're feeding the beast of consumer data collection -- and putting your own information at risk. Target's disclosure that credit card thieves hacked a database of 70 million customers is a wake-up call. "It...
Video
1/10/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Target's massive credit card breach reported last month may be worse than previously thought. From November 27 to December 15 one of the most high-profile attacks in recent years,  the attack affected as many as 70 million individuals, as many as 40 million credit and debit cards were reported stolen last month. Consumer Watchdog's...