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News Release
7/22/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: John M. Simpson, 310-292-1902, or 202-629-3064
WASHINGTON, DC -- Consumer Advocate John M. Simpson today repeated Consumer Watchdog’s call for Congressional hearings into the Google Wi-Spy scandal during testimony about federal agency use of Web 2.0 technology.   The hearing was before the Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census and National Archives of the House Committee on...
Video
7/22/2010
Consumer Watchdog's Doug Heller discusses the potential benefits of the newly signed into law financial regulation and overhaul.
Blog Post
7/21/2010
Posted by John M. Simpson
We haven't yet persuaded the House Energy and Commerce Committee to convene a hearing on Google's Wi-Spy snooping and its dealings with intelligence agencies, but I'm off to Washington to testify to another committee. The Information Policy, Census and National Archives Subcommittee of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is...
News Release
7/21/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: John M. Simpson, cell: 310-292-1902; or Jamie Court, 310-392-0522 x327
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today praised a group of 37 state attorneys general for seeking to get to the bottom of the Google Wi-Spy scandal and reiterated its call for the House Energy and Commerce Committee to hold hearings on the issue. Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal sent a tough letter to the Internet giant asking...
News Release
7/21/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: John M. Simpson, cell: 310-292-1902; or Jamie Court, 310-392-0522 x327
WASHINGTON, DC — Google spent $1.34 million trying to influence  federal lawmakers and regulators in the second quarter of 2010, a 41 percent increase over $950,000 in the same period a year ago, Consumer Watchdog said today. Besides its willingness to spend, a key to Google’s lobbying effort is its well-connected Washington staff...
News Release
7/19/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: John M. Simpson, 310-392-7041, or cell: 310-292-1902
SANTA MONICA, CA — Citing new information about Google’s classified government contracts and the Internet giant’s admitted Wi-Spying activity, Consumer Watchdog today said it is more imperative than ever for the Energy and Commerce Committee to conduct hearings into possible privacy violations by Google. In a letter to Committee...
Video
7/16/2010
The controversy surrounding Google's street view car's practice of collecting personal data off open broadband wireless networks just got more controversial. Turns out they may have collected the personal data off several legislators who are on key committees related to both national security as well as regulatory bodies that are in charge...
Video
7/16/2010
Consumer Watchdog's John Simpson joins the local news team to discuss the Google Street View scandal.
News Release
7/15/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Carmen Balber, (202) 629-3043
Washington, D.C. – Consumer Watchdog applauded final Congressional passage today of the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which now heads to President Obama for his signature.   “Nearly two years after the financial crisis brought the nation’s economy to its knees, this bill is a critical first step toward...
Video
7/9/2010
Google WiSpy Practices Could Have Collected Data About National Security