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SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called for a Senate hearing into the Google Wi-Spy scandal and urged that a key figure known in a Federal Communications Commission report as “Engineer Doe” be granted immunity from prosecution in return for his testimony. Newly released un-redacted FCC documents show that many people...
By Carmen Balber
A House subcommittee held its last hearing of the 111th Congress yesterday to talk about whether legislation creating a “Do Not Track Me” mechanism is needed to protect consumers’ privacy on the internet. Although the audience was packed, just a handful of the committee’s 27 members were on hand to hear the FTC, Dept....
By Judy Dugan
The biggest political scandal of 2010 is an issue that nearly all Americans agree on, yet there's hardly a peep from the electorate. In large part that's because elected officials, particularly in Congress, want to keep it as far in the shadows as possible. Yet it's such a simple thing: Should the insurance industry, oil companies,...
Posted by John M. Simpson
Maybe Google CEO Eric Schmidt thought he was making a joke, but you'd think by now -- if he is at all serious about respecting consumers' privacy -- the billionaire executive would understand that privacy is not a laughing matter. ... Maybe Google CEO Eric Schmidt thought he was making a joke, but you'd think by now -- if he is at all...
Posted by John M. Simpson
You've probably heard the description of ways to mislead people that was attributed to British Prime Minister Benjamin Disreali and popularized in this... You've probably heard the description of ways to mislead people that was attributed to British Prime Minister Benjamin Disreali and popularized in this country by Mark Twain: "...
Consumer Watchdog Tells Google To Prove New Privacy Commitment -- Changing Wi-Spy Story Makes It Difficult To Believe Measures Are Serious
CONTACT John M. Simpson, 310-392-7041, or cell: 310-292-1902
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog welcomed three new steps Google said it is implementing to protect consumers’ privacy in response to the Wi-Spying scandal, but challenged the Internet giant to prove the measures are more than a public relations ploy. The public interest group said it is difficult to take the Internet giant’s...
By Consumer Watchdog
Today's LA Times has prominently featured the story of Dana Christensen, a Consumer Watchdog hero, in an article documenting a new lawsuit brought by the Los Angeles's City Attorney against a health insurance company, HealthMarkets Inc., notorious for selling "junk insurance" to consumers. (Photo Credit: Al Seib, Los Angeles...
CONTACT John M. Simpson, 310-392-7041; or cell: 310-292-1902
SANTA MONICA, CA — Google increased its spending on lobbying 11 percent over the previous year to $1.2 million in the third quarter demonstrating the Internet giant’s willingness to spend to shape federal policy, Consumer Watchdog said today. In the comparable quarter a year ago Google spent $1.08 million. A key to Google’s...
Health Insurers Push Last-Minute Loopholes To Gut Rules Requiring Premiums Be Spent On Health Care, Not Overhead -- Watchdogs Ask President For Rate Freeze
CONTACT Carmen Balber, 202-629-3043 or Jamie Court, 310-392-0522, ext 327
State Insurance Commissioners to Vote Thursday, Send Recommendations to HHS Washington, DC – As the insurance industry lobbies state insurance commissioners in Orlando to weaken modest regulations on health insurance premiums, Consumer Watchdog’s leaders reiterated their call for President Obama to place a moratorium on premium...
Posted by Judy Dugan
CW's friend Wendell Potter, a flat-out expert on how health insurance companies behave and how their lobby infiltrates government, has a report from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners meeting in Orlando, Fla. Most interesting numbers: there are 28 consumer advocates, and more than a thousand health insurance and allied...