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News Release
8/3/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Carmen Balber, 202-629-3043; or Judy Dugan, 310-392-0522 ext. 305
$1 Million Grant Would Bolster Industry-favored Schwarzenegger Plan, Help Kill Actual Regulation of Insurance Companies Washington, DC -- Consumer Watchdog today asked Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to reject Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s request for a $1 million grant under the new health reform law. The grants are...
News Release
7/30/2010
CONTACT CONTACT: Judy Dugan, 213-280-0175 (cell); or Carmen Balber, 202-629-3043
If Californians Have to Buy Health Insurance, Insurers Have to Be Regulated, Says Watchdog’s Letter to Gov. Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog has called on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to withdraw weak pseudo-reforms of the health insurance industry that would bar strong regulation of health insurers. Schwarzenegger sent his proposals this...
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
7/23/2010
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,...
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...