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News Release
2/24/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Five consumer and privacy groups today joined in sending a letter to the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade calling for public hearings on Google planned privacy changes, rather than a secret briefing. The letter to Rep. Bono Mack, (R-CA) Chair and Rep. G.K. Butterfield, (D-NC) Ranking Member said:...
News Release
2/23/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – The Obama Administration's blueprint to protect online privacy with a "Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights" unveiled today could provide meaningful protections, Consumer Watchdog said, but warned that the test of its effectiveness will come as the implementation unfolds. The nonprofit, nonpartisan public...
News Release
2/22/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA --- Consumer Watchdog today praised state attorneys general for voicing their concerns about Google’s changes in privacy polices and asking for a meeting with the Internet giant’s CEO Larry Page. Attorneys general from 35 other states and territories joined Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler in sending the...
News Release
2/22/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ agreement announced today committing the leading operators of mobile application platforms to require privacy policies for applications ("apps") is a step forward, Consumer Watchdog said, but in addition “Do Not Track” regulations must be implemented...
News Release
2/17/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – In the wake of a Stanford University researcher’s study that found Google has been violating people’s online privacy choices, Consumer Watchdog said today the Internet giant was lying to users and called for the Federal Trade Commission to act.  iPhone and iPad users were targeted. “Google has...
News Release
2/15/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC -- Consumer Watchdog has asked the House Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee Committee to hold hearings on Google's new privacy and data policy and to call Google CEO Larry Page " to explain his company's disingenuous statements about its supposed commitment to users' privacy." Consumer Watchdog...
Blog Post
2/14/2012
By John M. Simpson
Regulators on both sides of the Atlantic have cleared Google's $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility, but are vowing to keep a close eye on the Internet giant's behavior after the deal goes through. What concerns both the European Commission and the U.S. Justice Department is how Google will use Motorola's powerful mobile...
News Release
2/14/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Reflecting the millions of Americans concerned about the undue influence wielded by corporations and wealthy special interests in our democracy, 50 organizations have jointly signed and presented a letter to the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees requesting hearings to explore...
News Release
2/8/2012
CONTACT Harvey Rosenfield & Laura Antonini
Read press release regarding the settlement in this case.   Santa Monica, CA –Senior Health Insurance Company of Pennsylvania (SHIP) is refusing to honor thousands of long-term care insurance policies it sold to Californians, leaving the elderly and infirm without the care they need, according to a lawsuit filed today by lawyers for...
News Release
2/4/2012
CONTACT Jamie Court & Judy Dugan
Santa Monica, CA -- Hyundai has confirmed to Consumer Watchdog that it will not include its "40 Mile Per Gallon" claim about the Elantra in its Super Bowl advertisement weeks after the consumer group called for a cessation of such advertising. Hyundai contends, however, it was not influenced by Consumer Watchdog. On Wednesday,...