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News Release
3/18/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SAN FRANCISCO, CA-- A federal magistrate has denied a motion from Google in the Wi-Spy class action suit that plaintiffs said wrongfully would have blocked lawyers’ access to data Google’s Street View cars gathered from private Wi-Fi Networks. Instead of responding to the lawyers’ discovery requests,  “Google filed a...
News Story
3/12/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Sacramento -- State regulators are wadding through complex questions on how to prepare California roadways for computer-driven car technology - from self-parking features to traffic jam autopilot to completely driverless vehicles. The California Department of Motor Vehicles held a public workshop Tuesday in Sacramento to hear from some of the...
News Story
3/7/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Fraud and scams cost Americans more than $1.6 billion last year. According to a report from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), there were more than 2 million cases of fraud in 2013, down slightly from the previous year. On average, there were 500 complaints per 100,000 residents in the 50 states. Eight of the 10 states with the highest rates had...
News Story
2/26/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Efforts to stop website from collecting online data face political pushback, tech issues SACRAMENTO -- At a legislative hearing last week, state lawmakers grilled credit card companies and retailers about their efforts to protect consumer data from breaches like those at Target and Neiman Marcus stores. But consumer advocates said no amount of...
News Story
2/10/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration Feb. 6 convened the first of a series of multistakeholder meetings aimed at crafting a voluntary privacy code of conduct for commercial uses of facial recognition technology. Larry Strickling, administrator of the NTIA, a division of the Commerce Department, told stakeholders at the...
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...
Video
1/10/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Target's massive credit card breach reported last month may be worse than previously thought. From November 27 to December 15 one of the most high-profile attacks in recent years,  the attack affected as many as 70 million individuals, as many as 40 million credit and debit cards were reported stolen last month. Consumer Watchdog's...
News Story
1/10/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Google's privacy polices came under fire again on Friday regarding changes to its Gmail service, two days after it was fined by France for data protection violations. Gmail users could soon receive messages from people with whom they have never shared their email addresses, following the latest in a string of moves to link Google's email...
News Story
1/10/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Google likes the proposed changes. Nobody else seems to. This past week has been a bad one for Google+ public relations. On Wednesday, Americans learned the story of Massachusetts resident Thomas Gagnon, arrested for sending his ex-girlfriend a Google+ invite in violation of a restraining order she'd taken out against him — except...
News Release
1/9/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Google has cleaned up its social network shutting down some accounts of apparent online predators and eliminating explicit sexual content in apparent response to a complaint from Consumer Watchdog, but the Internet giant’s Google+ still has a privacy design flaw that must be fixed, the public interest group said...