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News Release
6/14/2017
CONTACT John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC -- Robot cars operating without mandatory safety, security, privacy and ethical standards will pose unprecedented risks to the American public, Consumer Watchdog warned today in a report, Self-Driving Vehicles: The Threat to Consumers. The report is being issued in conjunction with a day-long program, Driverless Cars: The Legal...
News Release
6/7/2017
CONTACT John M. Simpson
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – Alphabet Inc., parent company of Google, today refused to back a change in Internet law that would enable victims to hold websites that intentionally facilitate online child sex-trafficking accountable, at the company’s annual shareholders meeting. The refusal came from Kent Walker, Sr. Vice President and General...
News Release
5/26/2017
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today endorsed a proposed bill in the New York State Assembly that would provide the so-called “Right To Be Forgotten,” allowing people to request removal of material and search engine links from their name to information that is inadequate, irrelevant, no longer relevant, or excessive from...
News Release
5/23/2017
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on tech companies including Google, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon and Microsoft, to support amending a key Internet law so websites like Backpage.com that facilitate child sex trafficking can be held accountable by victims and state attorneys general. Consumer Watchdog’s call came at the...
Video
5/18/2017
In a new report, Consumer Watchdog and its coalition partners uncover how Google helped fund the defense of websites accused of aiding child sex trafficking.  Backpage.com, the website in question, has knowingly hosted ads for child prostitution.
News Release
5/17/2017
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – A coalition of anti-child sex trafficking and public interest groups, and the mother of a trafficking victim, today released a report detailing how a Google-funded campaign protects a law that shields a notorious hub of child sex-trafficking, Backpage.com, from any accountability for its activities. Google and the...
News Release
4/27/2017
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today filed a formal complaint with the Federal Trade Commission charging that Uber Technologies had deceptively tracked users of its app after people thought they had deleted it from their iPhone. “The Commission should not be surprised by Uber’s abuses. It is a renegade technology and...
News Release
4/25/2017
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Regulations proposed by the California Department of Motor Vehicles covering the deployment of robot cars are “premature and irresponsible” Consumer Watchdog told the DMV, saying that they wrongly rely on non-existent federal safety standards. The nonprofit, nonpartisan group said that the proposed expanded...
News Release
3/20/2017
CONTACT John M. Simpson
    SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today petitioned the California Attorney General to investigate Amazon, the gargantuan online retailer, for misleading consumers by often leading them to believe they are getting deals with discounted prices, when they are not.  The charges are based on an extensive research analysis of...
News Release
2/8/2017
CONTACT John Simpson
  SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on the Department of Motor Vehicles to revoke Otto’s robot truck registrations and seek appropriate charges against the company and its executives for illegally testing self-driving technology on California roads.​ The group also said that given Otto's actions, Uber cannot...