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10/1/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Diana Guth and Judy Graff Fisher spoke Wednesday at a news conference organized by Consumer Watchdog, a Santa Monica-based advocacy organization, to promote Prop 45, a ballot measure that would give the state's insurance commissioner the authority to reject unjustified rate hikes on health insurance. It would affect six million Californians...
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9/28/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Proposition 46 would raise California's cap on "pain and suffering" damages in medical malpractice cases from $250,000, set in 1975, so that the cap is indexed to inflation; require doctors to submit to random drug testing; and require doctors to consult a state database to prevent "doctor shopping" by prescription drug...
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8/30/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
When Kristyn Fernandez uploaded a photo of herself with her arm slung over a guy in a Jack Daniel's T-shirt, it caught the eye of more than just her Twitter followers. A piece of software that scans millions of photos on social media flagged the image, operating on the principle it might hold value for Jack Daniel's or its...
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6/20/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Facebook users beware: The company has -- yet again -- unilaterally changed its mind about its data collection practices. As users should know, that's not a good thing for their privacy. Earlier this month, the dominant social network announced that it's altering the way it determines which ads to show users of its site. In the past, the...
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10/12/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Google has altered its Terms of Service to allow it to plaster users' names, photos and lots of other info all over relevant ads, a move that has privacy advocates up in arms. True, there are opt-out provisions, but essentially Google wants "to turn their users into unpaid pitchmen for advertisers," said Consumer Watchdog's John...
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7/16/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The Internet standards group World Wide Web Consortium has unequivocally rejected the ad industry's proposal that it should be able to continue using behavioral targeting techniques to serve ads to people with do-not-track turned on. In a decision issued last night, the co-chairs made clear that the ad industry's proposal was...