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Blog Post
10/19/2010
Posted by John M. Simpson
Google violated Canadian privacy laws when its Street View cars gathered data from private wireless networks,  Canada's privacy commissioner said on Tuesday. More important, the investigation found a company with a lackadaisical commitment to privacy among its engineers. Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart said the private data was...
News Release
10/19/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: John M. Simpson, 310-392-7041
SANTA MONICA, CA --  The Canadian Privacy Commissioner’s announcement today that Google’s Wi-Spying with its Street View cars broke the law demonstrates the need for U.S. Congressional hearings into the scandal, Consumer Watchdog said. According to Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart: “Our investigation shows that Google...
Blog Post
10/19/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
In years past, a profit result like United HealthCare's 26% increase in the third quarter would spike the stock price. Not so on Tuesday, because investors are worried that insurance companies' profit rocket will slow down next year as health reform requirements kick in. That, in a nutshell, is why the insurance industry is spending tens of...
News Release
10/19/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Douglas Heller, 310-392-0522 ext. 309
$2.655 Million To Date To Sacramento Political Committee That Doesn't Disclose Industry Funding In Ads Supporting Villines, Attacking Jones Santa Monica, CA - Insurance companies' addition of $1.365 million this weekend to their campaign to elect Mike Villines as insurance commissioner is consistent with Consumer Watchdog's expectation that the...
Blog Post
10/15/2010
Posted by Doug Heller
Consumer Watchdog has called on California's two large public employee pension funds -- CalPERS and CalSTRS -- to sell off their holdings in Valero Energy and Tesoro, the big oil refiners behind Prop 23.  The two companies have gouged California drivers for years.  Consumer Watchdog writes in a letter to the board members of the pension...
Blog Post
10/15/2010
Posted by John M. Simpson
Struggling to find the definition for a word? Simply type "define: XXXX", where XXXX is the word you're asking about, into Google's search box. For example, if you're following California gubernatorial politics you might be inclined to type "define: whore." You'll find this is the third meaning: "compromise oneself for...
Blog Post
10/14/2010
Posted by John M. Simpson
Big Oil has flooded campuses with millions of dollars to pay for clean energy research at American universities, undermining tradition academic values and potentially furthering a narrow commercial research agenda, according to a report released Thursday by the Center for American Progress. Jennifer Washburn shows how Big Oil has underwritten...
Blog Post
10/13/2010
Posted by Jamie Court
If you walk through the heart of Times Square today and look up at the 520 sq. ft. CBS superscreen on 42nd St., you're going to be introduced to the largest oil company you've never heard of: Koch Industries. Consumer Watchdog is running a 30 second commercial parodying a Coca Cola advertisement on a Times Square superscreen that challenges Koch (...
News Release
10/13/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Doug Heller, 310-392-0522, ext. 309
$1.2 Million In Insurance Industry Donations In Past Two Weeks to Chamber PAC Running Ads Against Dave Jones Santa Monica, CA – For the second time in two weeks, insurance industry giants have made major contributions to a political action committee campaigning to defeat insurance commissioner candidate Dave Jones and elect Mike Villines,...
Blog Post
10/13/2010
Posted by Carmen Balber
A central consumer protection in the health reform bill is set to take effect Jan 1: Health insurers will have to spend at least 80 cents of every dollar we pay in premiums on actual medical care. That means less money goes to executive salaries and paper-pushers whose only job is to deny you benefits, and more to pay the bills when you get sick....