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Blog Post
4/16/2014
By John M. Simpson
The CEO of Europe's largest newspaper publishing company is charging that Google is seeking to build a "digital superstate" free from the constraints of antitrust regulators and privacy concerns. In an open letter to the Internet giant's Chairman Eric Schmidt, the CEO of Alex Springer writes, "We are afraid of Google. I...
News Release
4/16/2014
CONTACT Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA – The California Medical Board must institute new protections against drug-using doctors after waiting years to revoke the medical license of a Bakersfield doctor who was using and selling drugs while on probation, wrote a father harmed by drug abuse and patient safety advocates in a letter today.   Bob Pack, who lost...
News Release
4/16/2014
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – A USA Today report finds that 103,000 medical professionals are abusing prescription drugs every year, yet most of the addicted doctors are never caught and place their patients at risk. California will be the first state in the nation to require random drug testing of doctors if voters approve an initiative measure that...
Video
4/15/2014
"Simply put, Google Glass is a stalker's dream come true," Consumer Watchdog's report concluded after demonstrating how Glass could easily be used to record PIN information from an ATM card.  Consumer Watchdog has a point or two. Because the virtual display takes up about 15 percent of the visual field, a half-dozen states...
Video
4/15/2014
Google Glass is dangerous 'spyware' that harms the privacy of the general public, according to Consumer Watchdog. The wearable technology went on sale to the public for the first time  on 15 April, however Google has stated that it will only be available for 24 hours and that only those living in the US are eligible to buy a pair....
News Release
4/15/2014
CONTACT John M. Simpson
  SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today released a report detailing the privacy invasive features and potential harms of Google Glass, the Internet giant’s wearable computing device and offered a list of the top ten reasons not to be a “Glasshole.” The report can be read at: www.consumerwatchdog.org/resources/...
Blog Post
4/14/2014
By Liza Tucker
What is a polluter’s shill to do when trying to save a client hundreds of millions of dollars in cleanup costs? Well, one tactic is to manipulate the public living near the site of a partial nuclear meltdown into believing that nothing at one of the most polluted sites in California can hurt them. And hint that maybe, just maybe, this well-...
Blog Post
4/11/2014
By John M. Simpson
From time to time it's instructive to look at an online company's Terms of Service (TOS) so you understand what you're agreeing to when you use it.  A look at Google's TOS is particularly timely because the Internet giant's legal beagles have revised it and the  new one takes effect on Monday. Here's what they...
News Release
4/10/2014
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Leaders of the California Medical Association, who are fighting a ballot measure to increase public accountability for dangerous doctors, received nearly $5 million from taxpayers in Medicare payments, according to data released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.   A database at the New York Times...
Blog Post
4/9/2014
By John M. Simpson
Perhaps you've heard of Google's latest outrageous gambit. The Internet giant is fighting to trademark the word "Glass."   Google Glass is the company's wearable and privacy-invasive computing device.  It's in beta mode, being tested by so-called explorers, who forked over $1,500 to become Glassholes. ...