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News Story
6/7/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The U.S. National Security Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation have access to servers at Google, Facebook, and other major Internet services, collecting audio, video, email, and other content for surveillance, the Washington Post and the Guardian reported on Thursday. The surveillance is taking place in real time under a classified program...
News Story
6/7/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
New documents reveal that the National Security Agency and the FBI are secretly gathering data from nine large U.S. internet companies. The Washington Post reported that the secret wiretapping program codenamed PRISM may be unprecedented. The internet companies involved include Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, and...
News Release
12/4/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHNGTON, DC – President Obama’s newest Federal Trade Commission nominee, who is expected to pledge to recuse himself from matters involving Google because of financial conflicts of interest, has anti-regulatory views at odds with the agency’s consumer protection mission, said Consumer Watchdog today.   “Joshua...
News Release
11/29/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog today called on Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W.VA) to oppose Joshua Wright’s Nomination to the Federal Trade Commission, saying, “We cannot imagine a nominee who is more ill suited to serve as a Commissioner.” In a letter to Sen. Rockefeller, John M. Simpson, the...
News Story
10/29/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
A White House plan to provide consumers with a “privacy bill of rights” for the digital age faces dim prospects if Mitt Romney wins the tight presidential race because of the Republican candidate's general skepticism about regulation, observers told BNA in recent interviews. But current and former representatives for Romney told...
News Story
9/21/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
In the wake of Congress' failed attempt to pass a cybersecurity bill this summer, the White House has been working on an executive order to fill the gap. The order is aimed at protecting the nation's critical infrastructure from harm. It might not be enough, however. Democrats in Congress continue to try to drum up support for some...
Blog Post
9/9/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
Consumer Watchdog has long been critical of the way Google has had easy access to the corridors of power in the Obama Administration.  Now there is a clear sign that the Internet giant has lost its luster with the President. Perhaps Google's repeated privacy missteps and antitrust concerns have prompted the President to distance himself....