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News Story
11/6/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Petition to impose Do Not Track requirements rejected by commission. Websites will not be forced to honor consumers' "Do Not Track" requests as the Federal Communications Commission today dismissed a petition that would have imposed new requirements on companies like Google and Facebook. Consumer Watchdog had ...
News Story
5/13/2015
Posted by Cody Rosenfield
As companies from Google to Tesla Motors race to develop self-driving cars, the nonprofit group Consumer Watchdog has a helpful suggestion: Don’t leave out the steering wheel. Or the brake pedal. The consumer advocacy group on Tuesday called for regulations requiring all autonomous cars to have those basic components so their drivers (or...
News Story
5/13/2015
Posted by Cody Rosenfield
May 13, 2015 -- While tech companies scramble to develop a new generation of driverless cars, one local consumer advocacy group says not so fast. Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog on Tuesday raised safety concerns about the budding technology and called on Google to provide the public with details of 11 collisions involving Google’s...
News Story
5/12/2015
Posted by Cody Rosenfield
Despite a protest of almost 200 residents, the Santa Monica city council unanimously passed an ordinance Tuesday that will prohibit residents from sharing their place when they're not present. This tough legislation is a first, Airbnb spokesperson Alison Schumer, told KPCC prior to the meeting.  "The unnecessarily restrictive...
News Story
5/10/2015
Posted by Cody Rosenfield
Consumer Watchdog agrees with Supervisor David Campos that corporate influence on our laws has reached an unhealthy level. In fact, our public-interest group was behind Proposition J, a San Francisco ballot initiative enacting strong public-ethics measures in 2000. Unfortunately, the Board of Supervisors subsequently eviscerated its protections,...
News Release
4/30/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog strongly supports the Consumer Privacy Protection Act introduced today by Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and five other Democratic Senators. “This is a strong bill that provides important protections for consumers’ data,” said John M. Simpson, Consumer...
News Story
3/10/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
You are nearly naked to the data industry, and Washington just offered you a mirror — but not pants. Two decades after the invention of computer “cookies” allowed companies to track your use of the Internet, the White House on Feb. 27 floated a draft Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights that purports to provide “baseline...
News Story
3/8/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Maybe the data gods don’t have us all pegged — yet. One of the biggest data collectors and sellers, Little Rock-based Acxiom, knows all about my house, my car and my purchases of vegetable seeds. It believes I have 32 interests — 21 of which are accurate. But its files also say that my education ended with high school,...
News Story
3/6/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Hillary Rodham Clinton did it. So did Mitt Romney. And Sarah Palin. But reliance on private email accounts to conduct government business has for some time irked citizens and watchdog organizations who argue the tactic has been exploited to effectively shield conversations from public view. California law on the subject remains unsettled, leaving...
News Release
3/3/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today joined 13 other public interest groups in a letter to President Obama outlining the shortcomings of the draft Consumer Privacy Bill Of Rights Act and pledging to work with the Administration and Congress to strengthen the bill. “In 2012, you released your vision of the founding principles of...