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News Release
2/3/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today praised European data protection authorities for asking Google to delay implementation of its new privacy and data policies and said the U.S. Federal Trade Commission should determine whether the new policies violate the terms of Google’s consent agreement with the commission. Under the new...
Blog Post
1/25/2012
By Judy Dugan
The Hyundai Elantra keeps on losing fans because its real-world MPG, for most drivers, doesn't come close to the advertised 33 mpg combined, or even the advertised 29 mpg city. We're especially interested in hearing from California drivers who are having this problem.  On the auto site Edmonds.com, there's now even a reader...
News Release
1/25/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson & Carmen Balber
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Landmark online privacy regulations proposed in Europe today that include the concept of a "right to be forgotten" could help provide U.S. consumers with tools necessary to protect their data held by Internet giants like Google, Facebook and Microsoft, if ultimately enacted, Consumer Watchdog said today. Google...
News Release
1/12/2012
CONTACT Judy Dugan, Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Washington, D.C. -- In conjunction with the National Auto Show in Detroit, Consumer Watchdog has sent a letter to the White House with data showing that in real-world driving the Chevy Cruze ECO got 28% better overall MPG than the highly touted 2011 Hyundai Elantra, even though the two models received the same EPA combined mileage ratings. Such...
Blog Post
12/20/2011
By Judy Dugan
Some lobbyists may be hunting for their food stamp applications in Washington, with the collapse of AT&T's attempt to take over and kill T-Mobile. This breakdown of the lobbying steamroller is reverberating in the halls of private power, and should give some lift to consumers battling a corporatocracy that has lately seemed invincible....
News Release
12/15/2011
CONTACT John M. Simpson & Jamie Court
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on Los Angeles officials to demand Google remove a deceptive video featuring Los Angeles City employees from a website marketing the Internet giant’s Google Apps for Government “cloud computing” service. The call for action came in a letter to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa...
News Release
12/14/2011
CONTACT Judy Dugan, Jamie Court or Carmen Balber
Washington, D.C. -- In a letter to Hyundai's U.S. CEO, Consumer Watchdog has asked the company to pull its prominent "40 MPG" claim from advertising for the Elantra model until the EPA re-tests the auto. Further examination of consumer complaints and independent test data show the Elantra at "the bottom of the heap" in...
News Release
12/6/2011
CONTACT John M. Simpson, Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today warned the Chicago Board of Education to consider Google’s failures in implementing an email system for the City of Los Angeles as the seven members consider a new email and collaboration system for the nation’s third largest school district. Chicago Public Schools have asked for...
News Release
12/2/2011
CONTACT John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog today called for a federal investigation into the "Spyphone Scandal", in which software embedded in smartphones surreptitiously tracks users' activities, including their keystrokes and numbers they dialed. The probe should extend beyond the software developer, Carrier IQ, and include...
News Release
12/1/2011
CONTACT Judy Dugan & Jamie Court
Washington, D.C. -- As automakers make their annual pitch for holiday sales, Consumer Watchdog has asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to investigate Hyundai’s high mileage claims for its popular Elantra model (29/40 MPG city/highway, 33 MPG average).   The Elantra has attracted an unusual number of consumer complaints...