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Blog Post
9/2/2010
Posted by Jamie Court
Right now, running twice an hour in Times Square, there's a 540 sq. ft. animation of Google CEO Eric Schmidt giving little kids free ice cream and secretly gathering their personal information. It's promoting a one minute, avatar-style animated short titled Don't Be Evil? that can be watched at InsideGoogle.com. Do you want Google or any other...
News Release
9/2/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: John M. Simpson, 310-392-7041, or cell: 310-292-1902
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog’s InsideGoogle.com has taken its online privacy campaign to New York’s Times Square, where it has purchased a 540 sq. ft. Jumbotron digital advertisement promoting an animated video satirizing Google CEO Eric Schmidt’s attitude toward consumer privacy.   “We’re...
News Release
8/31/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Jamie Court, (310) 874-9989; or Carmen Balber, (310) 403-0284
Santa Monica, CA -- Some of the top Democratic recipients of health insurance cash teamed up with Republicans in the California state senate late Monday to block health insurance premium legislation authored by state Assembly Members Dave Jones and Mike Feuer. Overall health insurers have given $800,218 in campaign contributions to California...
Blog Post
8/27/2010
Posted by John M. Simpson
Despite what the spinmeisters over at Google's Public Policy Blog would have you believe, the Internet giant is facing tough scrutiny from the U.S. Department of Justice over its planned acquisition of ITA Software. Googler Andrew Silverman explained in a late Friday afternoon blog post that the DOJ has just asked for more information about the...
Blog Post
8/19/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
Wouldn't it be great if we could all deduct our federal income and investment taxes from next year's income? And if we could also deduct that stress-reducing trip to a spa in Bora Bora? And if the government would just take our word for it? Fantasy for us, but the health insurance industry think that's what federal health reform ought to allow, on...
Blog Post
8/17/2010
Posted by John M. Simpson
Four members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet, on Monday called the Google-Verizon joint net neutrality plan too "industry-centered" and called on the Federal Communications Commission to regulate broadband. In a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski the...
News Release
8/16/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Judy Dugan, 213-280-0175, cell, or judy@consumerwatchdog.org
Insurance Commissioners and Obama Administration Must Resist More Weakening of Curbs on Industry Overhead and Profit, Says Consumer Watchdog Seattle, WA --The nation’s state insurance commissioners are making far-reaching decisions in Seattle this week on whether health insurance companies will spend more on health care, less on their own...
Blog Post
8/15/2010
Posted by John M. Simpson
I'm just back from a sweltering week in Washington, DC, convinced that those of us who care about protecting consumers' online privacy have reason for optimism.  There is growing interest in creating a "Do Not Track Me" list and mechanism to implement it. Sure, it could be that the 95-degree-plus temperatures coupled with humidity...
Blog Post
8/14/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
It's livelier Saturday at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners meeting in Seattle. Most refreshing was a medium-sized street demonstration, with forays into meeting rooms, by young and old demonstrators protesting lobbyist influence on health care reform. They handed out "lobbyist disinfectant packs," including soap and...
News Release
8/13/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Carmen Balber, (202) 629-3043; or Judy Dugan, (213) 280-0175 (cell)
Washington, DC – Consumer Watchdog called on the Obama Administration to adopt new regulations requiring broad financial disclosures by health insurance companies to help insulate Americans from double-digit rate increases. Insurers should provide details of shadowy multibillion-dollar transfers to out-of-state affiliates and parent...