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Video
9/24/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Online reviews you read or write have a huge impact on businesses and reputations. So big in fact, companies are paying people to write fake reviews to influence online ratings. After a yearlong investigation, NY state officials caught 19 firms placing fake reviews. These are all fake. Some businesses in LA hope that a similar crackdown happens...
Article
9/15/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
  From SFGate.com " Two federal courts in California recently took up the question of whether invasion of privacy laws should apply to unauthorized opening of e-mail, in one case, and interception of unencrypted home Wi-Fi communications in another. Wiretapping law stood the test against "Wi-spying" on Tuesday. A panel...
News Story
9/13/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Google loses its appeal in the Street View privacy lawsuit, highlighting the difficulties that counsel can face dealing with consumer watchdog groups For Google, the recent ruling by a U.S. appeals court concerning the tech giant’s Street View program represents both bad news and even worse news.  The court upheld a district court...
News Story
5/31/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Nonprofit advocacy group Consumer Watchdog issued an email this afternoon announcing that its executive director is leaving, effective immediately. Doug Heller is stepping down after 16 years with the Santa Monica-based organization best known for its battles with the insurance industry. As Consumer Watchdog's executive director, Heller was...
Blog Post
1/4/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
What an inspiring 2012! Together, we exposed and stopped false MPG claims by automakers, shamed health insurance companies into lowering outrageous rate hikes and moved closer to the day when technology companies can’t collect and sell our private information online and on our phones without consent. This year we’ll continue these...
Blog Post
12/31/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
With just a few hours left in 2012, we've almost reached our year-end fundraising goal and your last opportunity to make a tax-deductible gift this year. Before you head out to your New Year's celebration, do you have a moment to be the donor that puts us over the finish line? Carmen's blog gave you a glimpse of what we have in store...
News Release
12/19/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
Washington, DC – Online complaints from fed-up Hyundai customers across the country launched a Consumer Watchdog investigation into the automaker’s false fuel economy claims that led to the first-ever EPA recall of multiple models’ false window stickers and a lawsuit on behalf of deceived consumers. The Consumer Watchdog mobile...