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News Story
1/13/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
A Big 'But' on Endorsements for Initiative President Obama's call for enactment of a national data breach notification law has been widely welcomed by business groups and privacy advocates, but their endorsements come with a big proviso: What's in it? The White House hasn't provided details, yet. The groups largely agree that a...
News Release
1/12/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today welcomed President Obama’s attention on consumer privacy and data breach issues, but cautioned that legislation he proposes must not provide weaker protection than is already offered by some state laws. “It’s good that the president has re-focused on privacy and data security...
News Story
1/12/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
President Obama's call for a national data breach notification law is being cheered by the Direct Marketing Association, which has long lobbied for a national standard. “DMA agrees with President Obama that the time has come to replace the patchwork of state laws,” Peggy Hudson, DMA’s senior vice president of government...
Blog Post
6/17/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
Consumer Watchdog has joined the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and 25 other  organizations in telling President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder not to seek re-authorization of the National Security Agency's bulk telephone record collection. "We write to urge you not to renew the Section 215 Bulk Telephony...
News Story
1/24/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
inSha Selected companies and their spending on lobbying. The tech industry is boosting its spending in Washington D.C., looking to grease the wheels of democracy and promote agendas that will benefit their corporations. A new report from Consumer Watchdog shows the top spending tech firms in terms of lobbying efforts, with AT...
News Story
1/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Long Viewed as an Ally of Democrats, It's Now Courting Conservatives on Issues Affecting Its Business WASHINGTON— Google Inc. employees have been a top source of campaign cash for President Barack Obama. A former chief executive campaigned for the president. Several company executives went to work in his administration. Behind the scenes...
News Story
1/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog, a nonprofit team dedicated to keeping track of special interests groups in Washington, has released their latest report on the top US tech firm lobbyists. Google sits atop the list for most money spent lobbying with a little over $14 million in 2013. One, more recent disclosure, shows that Google's Susan Molinari spent...
News Story
1/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Google — known for championing progressive policies like gay marriage, immigration reform, and reducing greenhouse gases — has been quietly courting the GOP and funding an array of conservative groups, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. The Silicon Valley superpower is now evenly splitting its political-action committee...
News Story
1/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
When it comes to influencing Washington, Google was at the top of the list of tech companies that spent a combined $61.15 million on lobbying efforts last year. According to a report from Consumer Watchdog, Google invested $14.06 million of the $61.15 million invested by ten tech firms, including Microsoft, IBM, Facebook and Oracle. Consumer...
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...