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Blog Post
9/16/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
It’s amazing how oil companies stay so completely on message. The American Petroleum Institute, the oil industry mouthpiece, is pushing the same deceptive “jobs, jobs, jobs” message as the Texas oil companies backing Proposition 23 on the California ballot. Both are saying that any shift toward greener energy that costs...
Blog Post
9/16/2010
Posted by Doug Heller
Did you ever find yourself a little overbooked, wondering how  you can be at two or three places at once?  Well, that’s never happened to the oil industry. In 2009, the oil and gas industry had 782 lobbyists working the halls of Congress and the Obama administration, according to a recent analysis by OpenSecrets.org. That...
News Release
9/16/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: John M. Simpson, 310-392-7041, or cell: 310-292-1902
SANTA MONICA, CA -- The consumer group that recently launched a popular online animated satire of Google’s privacy problems embodied in an ice cream truck said the revelation that a Google engineer tracked children down shows that private information is never safe if it is in Google’s hands. Consumer Watchdog called on Google to...
Blog Post
9/15/2010
Posted by Jamie Court
The Tea Party is on a roll with its upset Senate primary victory in Delaware. If the rest of us don't start raising hell, the Tea Party will have us living it. Are you mad as hell but don't want to join the Tea Party? Do you still want to get the change you voted for in 2008? That's most Americans, but the right wing is the only wing talking...
News Release
9/14/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: John M. Simpson, 310-392-7041, Cell: 310-292-1902
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today invited Google to participate in a conference, “Google, The Internet And The Future,” that the nonpartisan, nonprofit public interest group plans to host in Washington this fall as part of its Inside Google project.   The invitation came in a letter to CEO Eric Schmidt and co-...
Blog Post
9/10/2010
Posted by John M. Simpson
Google has now decided to run ads from Consumer Watchdog critical of the Internet giant's privacy practices and aimed to promote a satirical animated video of CEO Eric Schmidt. We bought three ads, linked to search terms like "Google CEO Eric Schmidt" and "CEO Eric Schmidt Privacy." Google disapproved them giving as a reason,...
News Release
9/9/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: John M. Simpson, 310-392-7041, or cell: 310-292-1902
SANTA MONICA, CA -- New comments by Google CEO Eric Schmidt in Berlin show the top executive of the Internet giant fails “to recognize that the direction Google is currently heading is inexorably at odds with the notion of personal privacy,” Consumer Watchdog said today.  Schmidt said, among other things, “We can suggest...
Blog Post
9/7/2010
Posted by John M. Simpson
Response to our video "Don't Be Evil?" lampooning Google and its CEO Eric Schmidt's attitude toward privacy has been overwhelming since we launched it with a jumbotron digital ad in New York's Times Square last week. Views soared past the quarter million mark on Monday of the three-day holiday weekend. The satirical video shows Schmidt...
Blog Post
9/7/2010
Posted by John M. Simpson
There were two major legal developments Friday involving Internet giant Google as the nation focused its attention on the long Labor Day holiday weekend. Both merit recapping, but unfortunately one is less of a victory for consumers than it might first appear. The other development could be a hint of huge problems to come for Google. First, Google...
Blog Post
9/6/2010
Posted by Jamie Court
The problem with American politics is that there is too much focus on raising money and too little on raising hell. The Labor movement in America suffers from the safe fate. This labor day, let's remember what works for the American middle class and the labor movement that's supposed to represent it. Authentic campaigns that seize on strong public...