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7/9/2016
John M. Simpson explains to FOX LA why Consumer Watchdog is urging Tesla to disable autopilot in their cars after the recent crash.
News Release
7/8/2016
CONTACT John Simpson
Santa Monica, CA – In the wake of a fatal crash in Florida Consumer Watchdog called on Tesla Chairman and CEO Elon Musk to disable his car’s “autopilot” feature until it is shown to be safe and said if it is offered in the future Tesla must pledge to be liable if something goes wrong with its self-driving technology....
Video
7/1/2016
Consumer Watchdog calls for Tesla and other self-driving car producers to slow their push until safety issues are addressed.
Video
6/29/2016
Consumer Advocates push for stronger rules governing self-driving cars in light of Tesla accident.
News Release
6/15/2016
CONTACT John M. Simpson
Washington D.C.—The “Privacy Best Practice Recommendations for Commercial Facial Recognition Use” that have finally emerged from the multistakeholder process convened by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) are not worthy of being described as “best practices.” In fact, they reaffirm...
News Release
6/15/2016
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today said it opposes a proposed Los Angeles City ordinance that would require home sharing platforms like Airbnb to turn over massive amounts of personal information to the city on a monthly basis, because it would violate consumers’ privacy and is little more than a “blank search warrant”...
News Release
6/14/2016
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Today’s federal appeals court ruling upholding the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules and saying broadband internet access providers can be regulated like telephone companies is a big win for consumers, Consumer Watchdog said, adding that the FCC must now rapidly enact important privacy...
News Release
5/24/2016
CONTACT Harvey Rosenfield, Clarence Ditlow & Joan Claybrook
Santa Monica, CA -- A backroom deal by the federal agency responsible for auto safety to allow automakers to avoid following federal safety rules is unlawful and will lead to more deaths and injuries, three top consumer advocates said today.  They urged the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to grant the formal petition...
News Release
5/24/2016
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – The Federal Communications Commission’s plan to open the set-top box market to competition offers savings to consumers, but should not be enacted unless a Pandora’s box of privacy issues are resolved with robust privacy protection regulations, Consumer Watchdog said in comments just filed with the agency....
News Release
5/18/2016
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind to “slam the revolving door” with the robot car industry shut with a written commitment that they will not work as an employee or consultant to developers of self-driving autonomous vehicles for at...