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News Release
12/20/2010
CONTACT John M. Simpson
Santa Monica, CA — The Do Not Track Me function proposed in the Federal Trade Commission’s recently released online privacy report must be extended to include smartphones, Consumer Watchdog said today in the wake of a Wall Street Journal article showing how applications for the iPhone and Android phones widely share personal data...
News Release
12/16/2010
CONTACT John M. Simpson + Carmen Balber
WASHINGTON, DC — The Commerce Department’s “Green Paper” about online privacy is an industry friendly document that would perpetuate current failed practices that give companies, not consumers, control of consumer data, Consumer Watchdog said today. The report calls for “voluntary, enforceable codes.” It...
Blog Post
12/14/2010
By Judy Dugan
Oil refiner Valero, as it pumped $5 million into a California ballot proposition aimed at killing climate change regulation, warned that such regulation would bring an economic Armageddon of lost jobs in refineries and elsewhere, as well as unaffordable energy prices. A Consumer Watchdog study, however, proved that Valero was only interested in...
News Release
12/13/2010
CONTACT Jamie Court + Judy Dugan
Washington, DC -- Consumers and the White House should celebrate a decision by a Virginia judge  to strike down the highly unpopular federal mandate to purchase health insurance and preserve the rest of the federal health care reform law. “Today's ruling makes clear that the popular and progressive parts of healthcare reform...
Blog Post
12/7/2010
By Judy Dugan
Late last week, as the presidential oil spill commission’s co-chair and staff blamed BP’s cost-cutting and “failure of management” for the devastating spill in the Gulf of Mexico, BP managers claimed that the government estimate of the amount of the spill by should be cut 20% to 50%, which would save the company...
News Release
12/7/2010
CONTACT John M. Simpson + Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA — Consumer Watchdog welcomed Microsoft’s announcement today that the company will offer “Tracking Protection” next year, but said robust “Do Not Track Me” legislation still must be passed by Congress. Microsoft said its Internet Explorer 9 browser will allow consumers to download lists of...
News Release
12/3/2010
CONTACT Jamie Court + John M. Simpson + Carmen Balber
WASHINGTON DC — The Federal Trade Commission repeated its support today for a “Do Not Track Me” mechanism to protect consumer online privacy and Consumer Watchdog called on Congress to pass legislation necessary to implement the safeguard. Speaking at Consumer Watchdog’s Future of Online Consumer Protections Conference...
News Release
11/30/2010
CONTACT John M. Simpson & Carmen Balber
WASHINGTON — Consumer Watchdog today welcomed the European Union’s antitrust investigation of Google and reiterated its call for the the U.S. Justice Department to launch its own investigation of the Internet giant. Google’s monopolistic practices will be discussed at 11:30 am tomorrow (Dec. 1) during Consumer Watchdog’s...
News Release
11/23/2010
CONTACT See below
CONTACT: Jeff Chester, Center for digital Democracy, jeff@democraticmedia.org, 202-494-7100; Ed Mierzwinski, U.S. PIRG, edm@pirg.org, 202-546-9707, ext .314; Pam Dixon, World Privacy Forum, pdixon@worldprivacyforum.org, 760-470-2000; John Simpson, Consumer Watchdog, john@consumerwatchdog.org, 310-392-7041 Washington, DC -- In a complaint...
News Release
11/17/2010
CONTACT Judy Dugan or Jamie Court
Washington, D.C. -- Consumer Watchdog today called on President Obama to remove the general counsel to the national Oil Spill Commission after the commission itself refused to either dismiss him or investigate his apparent conflicts of interest, including his firm’s ties to Halliburton.   In a letter to the seven commission members...