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2/27/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
Data breaches at major retailers Target and Neiman Marcus during last year's holiday shopping season affected more than 100 million people and focused new attention on the need to protect person information stored online. While it's clear that tough data breach legislation must be enacted, California Attorney General Kamala Harris is...
News Release
12/18/2013
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – After learning that the hospital where a 13-year-old girl is on life support after routine tonsil-removal surgery has refused to release her medical records to the family, Consumer Watchdog today called on the California Attorney General, Alameda County District Attorney and California Medical Board to take over the...
News Story
9/21/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
In early 2011, Mozilla added a do-not-track feature in its Firefox browser that allowed users to clearly state that they didn't want their online activities monitored by websites and advertisers. Other browser vendors soon followed suit, including Microsoft, Apple and Google, seemingly handing consumers a simple way to protect their...
News Story
7/2/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Electronic data breaches put the personal information of 2.5 million Californians at risk in 2012, according to a report released Monday by Attorney General Kamala Harris. State law requires businesses and government agencies to notify consumers when a data breach might have put their personal information at risk. A bill passed in 2012 also...
News Story
5/21/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
On May 15, 2013, the consumer group, Consumer Watchdog, sent a letter to Attorney General Kamala Harris accusing Google of violating California’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“OPPA”). According to the group, the Google privacy policy is in violation of OPPA because Google does not directly link to it on its homepage....
News Story
5/20/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Tesoro won U.S. and state clearance to buy BP's Carson refinery, Arco stations and other assets for $2.4 billion. Consumer advocates object. Tesoro Corp. won federal and state clearance for its purchase of BP's Carson refinery, Arco stations and other assets for $2.4 billion, an acquisition that would further concentrate the state's...
News Release
5/17/2013
Posted by Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA –A green light that Tesoro’s purchase of BP’s big refinery in Carson complies with anti-trust laws means over time gas prices will go up in the state, Consumer Watchdog said today.  The approval by the Federal Trade Commission and California Attorney General of Tesoro’s acquisition of BP’s Carson...
News Story
5/17/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
WASHINGTON/HOUSTON (Reuters) - Refiner Tesoro Corp. (TSO.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has received formal approval from antitrust regulators in Washington and Sacramento on Friday to buy BP Plc's (BP.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) refinery and other assets in southern California for more than $2 billion. Tesoro will not...
News Release
5/15/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA – A recent change in the way Google presents its privacy policy violates the California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA) and the policy is “fundamentally deceptive,” Consumer Watchdog told Attorney General Kamala Harris. “You have been a leader in the fight to protect Californians’ privacy, a...
News Story
4/24/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Attorney General Kamala Harris has a Google issue. It's not that her reputation is being besmirched online. If anything, she is trending up. If you Google her, you'll see that Time magazine last week named her on its list of the world's most influential people, directly behind NRA chief Wayne LaPierre. You'll also see that her pal...