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Blog Post
8/12/2010
Posted by Khan Shoieb
Chairmen of the Senate and House committees with jurisdiction over health care reform sent a letter to Secretary Sebelius on Tuesday clarifying their intent on a particularly controversial provision in the health care law, resolving a long dispute and throwing a wrench into the insurance industry's lobbying efforts. As the NAIC works on crafting...
Blog Post
8/12/2010
Posted by Khan Shoieb
Consumer Watchdog and the Center for Media and Democracy have sent a letter to Secretary Kathleen Sebelius calling on her and the administration to investigate the recent dramatic decreases in medical loss ratios by major health care insurers in anticipation of health care reform implementation. The insurers, led by Cigna and its 2nd quarter 6.4%...
Blog Post
8/12/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
It's going to be consumer advocates vs. a large scrum of health insurance company lobbyist in Seattle for the next several days at the summer meeting of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. In advance of that, we've asked for an investigation of what insurers are up to. The NAIC is writing proposed regulations to govern important...
News Release
8/12/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Carmen Balber, 202-629-3043; or Judy Dugan, 213-280-0175 (cell)
Insurers' Actions Mirror Credit Card Companies' Interest Rate Increases Ahead of New Consumer Rights   Washington, DC —Consumer Watchdog and the Center for Media and Democracy today asked the Obama administration to investigate how the major for-profit health insurance companies are reducing their proportion of spending on health care...
Video
8/11/2010
Consumer Watchdog's Todd Foreman discusses the rationale behind the suit we have brought against DirecTV.
Blog Post
8/11/2010
Posted by John M. Simpson
A Wall Street Journal article this week details how Google is increasingly moving to maximize profits from the vast amount of personal data it has amassed in its global network of servers at the expense of consumers' privacy. The article by Jessica Vascellaro, part of the Journal's excellent series about online privacy called "What They Know...
Blog Post
8/10/2010
Posted by Jamie Court
A big New York foundation once told me years ago that privacy is the last thing people in the developing world have to worry about. It was a nice way of saying no to funding for my consumer group's privacy project, but the line rang out to me again this week as new reporting at the Wall Street Journal brings into focus the great privacy betrayals...
News Release
8/9/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: John M. Simpson, 310-392-7041, or cell: 310-292-1902
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Google and Verizon's new joint broadband proposal pays lip service to the idea of "net neutrality," but actually would completely undermine the open and free Internet we enjoy, Consumer Watchdog said today. There are two fundamental flaws, said John M. Simpson, consumer advocate with the nonpartisan, nonprofit public...
News Release
8/9/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: John M. Simpson, 310-392-7041; or Carmen Balber, 202-629-3043
Is Internet Giant’s Technology Being Used to Spy On Americans? WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The FBI and DEA are now making extensive use of Google Earth, according to federal spending records. Consumer Watchdog is filing Freedom of Information Act requests with the agencies today to determine how the Internet giant’s digital mapping technology...
News Release
8/5/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: John M. Simpson, 310-392-7041, or cell: 310-292-1902
SANTA MONICA, CA — Google is compromising a long standing principle it claimed to support in an effort to boost profits as it backs away from a key premise of an open Internet — “net neutrality,” Consumer Watchdog said today. Net neutrality — the idea that all data is treated equally by Internet service providers...