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News Release
6/25/2015
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog today urged Assemblymembers Evan Low, D-Campbell, and Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, to withdraw a proposal that would hike the ballot initiative filing fee to $2,500 from $200 after a court effectively halted an unconscionable initiative that prompted the bill. A Sacramento Superior Court on Tuesday said...
News Release
6/23/2015
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Covered California has successfully lobbied the federal government to delay public disclosure of qualified health plan rate change proposals for 2016, Consumer Watchdog said today. In a letter to Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, Consumer Watchdog said that residents of every other state now have access...
News Release
6/22/2015
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – A U.S. Supreme Court decision today striking down a Los Angeles Ordinance allowing police to check guest registries at motels and hotels at any time as unconstitutional supports Consumer Watchdog's position that a warrant must be required before data from home sharing networks like Airbnb is turned over to authorities...
Video
6/19/2015
The Federal Communications Commission's new Internet rules require that the broadband internet  access providers — like Comcast, Time Warner, and AT&T — must protect the privacy of consumers' personal information as they use the networks. But as our latest Bite Back video explains the practices by Internet companies...
News Release
6/18/2015
CONTACT Carmen Balber, (310) 526-0746; Eddie Barrerra (310) 392-0522 ext. 309
Santa Monica, CA – A California bill will implement the recommendation of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s injury prevention report card that states require doctors to use state prescription drug databases as one of ten key factors to prevent injury deaths. “Drug overdoses are the leading cause of injury death in America, but...
Video
6/18/2015
Nine privacy advocates walked out of a Commerce Department meeting in protest, believing that tech industry lobbyists are hijacking the discussion over codes of conduct regarding the future use of facial recognition technology. Alexey Yaroshevsky has more on the controversy.
News Release
6/18/2015
CONTACT John Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – The California Department of Motor Vehicles has reversed its policy and today said it would release accident reports about crashes involving self-driving cars that are being tested on public roads. “It took too long, but the DMV is now getting right,” said John M. Simpson, Consumer Watchdog’s Privacy...
Blog Post
6/17/2015
By John M. Simpson
The Federal Communications Commission looks like it means business when it comes to enforcing open Internet rules.  It just slapped AT&T with a whopping $100 million fine, one of the largest ever, for improperly slowing, or “throttling” Internet speeds for people who purchased what the company had described  as “...
News Release
6/16/2015
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Eddie Barrera
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog said today that despite an amendment lowering the final amount, an Assembly bill to hike the ballot initiative filing fee still creates too high a hurdle for citizen access to the initiative process. AB 1100, by Assemblymembers Evan Low and Richard Bloom, would raise the fee citizens must pay to submit a...
Blog Post
6/15/2015
By John M. Simpson
Consumer Watchdog has joined eight other privacy advocates and quit the so-called “multi-stakeholder process” being run by the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications Administration to develop a code of conduct for companies using facial recognition technology. Frankly, the the process was doomed from the start....