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News Story
5/5/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
May 1 --The White House May 1 released a report on big data, calling for progress on national data breach notification legislation, Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) reform and the Obama administration's proposed consumer privacy bill of rights. The report, which was the product of a review ordered by President Barack Obama,...
News Release
5/1/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today backed six broad policy recommendations outlined in the White House report on Big Data and praised the report for identifying potential dangers of discrimination and threats to privacy in what the report called “a world where data collection will be increasingly ubiquitous, multidimensional, and...
News Story
5/1/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Congress should take action to protect privacy in response to a growing big-data revolution, a White House panel has recommended, but its report does not address wide-ranging surveillance and data-collection programs at the U.S. National Security Agency. The group of officials in President Barack Obama's administration recommended Thursday...
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 Story
4/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
“Forget Big Brother – Google is better!” Those were the words of German media executive Mathias Döpfner in his April 17 open letter to Google chairman Eric Schmidt, in which he stated his fear that Google envisions a world with no antitrust and privacy protections. Coincidentally, Döpfner’s letter came a few days after Google issued a...
News Story
4/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
A new Obama administration privacy policy released Friday explains how the government will gather the user data of online visitors to WhiteHouse.gov, mobile apps and social media sites, and it clarifies that online comments, whether tirades or tributes, are in the open domain. "Information you choose to share with the White House (directly...
News Story
4/10/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Business and residential customers affected by outages such as the one that hit AT&T U-verse broadband users this week may feel helpless, but they do have options, consumer and industry watchdogs say. Customers who lose Internet service, cable channels or phone service should request consideration in the form of refunds, discounts or add-ons...
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
3/25/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Deep pockets for lobbying, political connections that cross borders from municipalities to the federal government, and just plain political savvy could help Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) overcome opposition from consumer groups to its proposed multi-billion-dollar acquisition of Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC). The latest group to oppose the transaction,...
News Release
3/24/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog today called on the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission to reject the proposed $45 billion merger of Comcast and Time Warner because the deal “violates antitrust laws and is not in the public interest.” “The consolidation of the largest cable television...