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Blog Post
11/18/2011
By Moira Dhaliwal
Let’s set the scene: It’s a typical day. While there is always work to be done, you are taking a moment to browse the web. You stumble across your favorite websites, perhaps you tweet about an interesting story, or you press the Facebook "Like" button on a cool page. Then you click on an ad because, “Hey, that looks...
News Release
10/21/2011
CONTACT John M. Simpson & Jamie Court
SANTA MONICA, CA - Google’s explanation for its soaring record spending on lobbying in Washington is disingenuous bafflegab, Consumer Watchdog said today. The Internet giant reported it spent $5.9 million lobbying during the first three quarters of the year, a 51 percent increase from the $3.9 million it spent in the comparable period a...
News Release
10/6/2011
CONTACT Joanne Doroshow - Center for Justice & Democracy, & Carmen Balber - Consumer Watchdog
Twenty-one major consumer and patient safety groups from around the country, whose memberships represent many millions of Americans, sent a letter today to the co-chairs of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction expressing strong opposition to any proposals that would limit the legal rights of patients injured by medical malpractice....
News Release
10/3/2011
CONTACT Douglas Heller
Santa Monica, CA – Low-income motorists with good driving records will be able to purchase California’s innovative Low-Cost Auto Insurance Program online with the enactment of AB 1024 (Hueso), which was signed by Governor Jerry Brown this weekend.  Under the new law, California’s Department of Insurance will work with the...
Blog Post
9/21/2011
By Mark Reback
Here's a round-up of articles, quotes, pics and video of today's events around Washington DC covering our "Google Track Team", in town to draw attention to Google's creepy tracking and anti-trust behavior during Google CEO Eric Schmidt's testimony before Congress: Consumer Watchdog's "Google Track Team"...
News Release
9/21/2011
CONTACT Carmen Balber, John M. Simpson & Jamie Court
WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog today told a Senate committee that Google’s reach is so pervasive on the Internet that consumers cannot avoid its massive data collection apparatus. The public interest group said one possible remedy is breaking up the Internet giant, which exercises monopoly power over search and consumer data. Do...
News Release
9/19/2011
CONTACT Douglas Heller + Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA –  Consumer Watchdog is sponsoring television ads in the San Gabriel Valley district of California State Senator Ed Hernandez to expose the fact that Hernandez, the Chair of the Senate Health Committee, has earned more than $350,000 in rental income for the state’s largest health plan, Kaiser. “This level...
Blog Post
9/19/2011
By Jamie Court
Google executive Eric Schmidt will finally testify on Capitol Hill this week after our year and a half long campaign to bring him to the Congress. We launched this new animated video today to welcome him. Called “Supercharge,” the third avatar animation in our “Don’t Be Evil” series exposes actual quotes by Schmidt...
News Release
9/19/2011
CONTACT Carmen Balber & John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON – Consumer Watchdog’s latest online animated video debuted today, satirizing Google CEO Larry Page and Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt to dramatize Google’s information monopoly and make the case for Do Not Track Legislation. The video, “Supercharge,” exposes actual quotes by the executives and shows the...
News Release
8/29/2011
CONTACT Carmen Balber & John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC -- Consumer Watchdog said that the self-regulatory privacy program created by online advertisers and scheduled to take effect for some today fails to protect consumers from companies that track their behavior online. Legislation enacting a “Do Not Track Me” option is necessary to ensure consumers have an easy to use,...