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7/28/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
Can insurance company lobbying of federal health regulation be turned into a gripping spy thriller? OK, no. But this is as close as it gets... a Huffpost story by former insurance exec Wendell Potter. He's crystal-clear about the lengths to which for-profit insurance companies will go, if it means they can keep their record profits and obscene...
Blog Post
7/27/2010
Posted by Khan Shoieb
The three-hour hearing on Online Consumer Privacy has just come to a close, but unfortunately nothing substantive has emerged. Senators asked the two panels questions that were fed to them by their staff, and, when responses came from Google & Facebook that were conciliatory-sounding enough, the Senators refused, or perhaps more likely did not...
Blog Post
7/27/2010
Posted by Khan Shoieb
Google Privacy Engineering Lead Dr. Alma Whitten told the Committee that the company was "conducting investigations" into why its Street View cars gathered communications from home WiFi networks. In a response to a question by Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Whitten admitted that the company had make a mistake but could not say much more...
Blog Post
7/27/2010
Posted by Khan Shoieb
Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz endorsed an opt-in framework for privacy policies on the internet over an opt-out one in response to a question by Chairman John D. Rockefeller IV (D-WV). Asked generally about what policies could improve online privacy, Leibowitz asserted that a mutually beneficial opt-in policy empowers the...
News Release
7/27/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: John M. Simpson 310-392-7041, 310-292-1902; Carmen Balber 202-629-3043
Americans Favor Broad Range Of Online Privacy Protections for Consumers SANTA MONICA, CA --  A significant majority of Americans are troubled by recent revelations that Google’s Street View cars gathered communications from home WiFi networks, and they want stronger legal protection to preserve their online privacy, according to a...
Blog Post
7/27/2010
Posted by Khan Shoieb
Today I will be liveblogging the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation hearing on Consumer Online Privacy. It is the first hearing on this subject by a full committee. The panelists are:   Witness Panel 1 The Honorable Jon D. Leibowitz Chairman Federal Trade Commission The Honorable Julius Genachowski Chairman Federal...
Blog Post
7/26/2010
Posted by John M. Simpson
Google has blown the deadline to move the City of Los Angeles‘ email system and other applications to the Internet Giant’s highly touted cloud computing system because it hasn’t been able to meet the security requirements of Los Angeles Police Department. “Google comes in with this sweetheart deal that was supposed to be...
Blog Post
7/23/2010
Posted by John M. Simpson
Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va, chairman of the Communications, Technology and the Internet Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee took a potshot at us this week. Folks at Consumer Watchdog have thick skins so we don't really mind at all. I just figure you should have the context for the representative's remarks. We made the point...
Blog Post
7/23/2010
Posted by Khan Shoieb
Consumer Watchdog's John Simpson testified at a hearing yesterday on federal agency use of Web 2.0 technology, but the hearing got off to a rocky start when Ranking Member Patrick McHenry (R-NC) opted for a procedural gimmick and even introduced a motion to adjourn the hearing before the witnesses were able to testify. The hearing comes in the...
Blog Post
7/22/2010
Posted by Carmen Balber
I flew back to Los Angeles this week to touch base with colleagues in CW's Santa Monica office, and sit on a panel discussion about the financial reform package at Town Hall Los Angeles. It couldn't have been better-timed. The panel - planned months in advance - was the day before President Obama signed the bill. I joined an SEC regulator,...