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News Release
5/11/2016
CONTACT John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Consumer Watchdog today joined a coalition of a dozen consumer groups in supporting the Federal Communications Commission’s effort to implement privacy regulations covering broadband Internet access providers. The coalition backed the FCC in a letter to the Senate Judiciary’s Privacy Subcommittee, which was...
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4/27/2016
John M. Simpson with Consumer Watchdog says driverless cars are not safe enough yet to be on the roads without a driver in the car who is able to take the wheel.
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4/27/2016
John M. Simpson of Consumer Watchdog says robot cars are not safe enough yet and urged the NHTSA to require a steering wheel, brake and accelerator so a human driver can take control if needed.
News Release
4/27/2016
CONTACT John M. Simpson
STANFORD, CA  – Consumer Watchdog today called on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to require a steering wheel, brake and accelerator so a human driver can take control of a self-driving robot car when safety demands it in the guidelines it is developing on automated vehicle technology. To dramatize the point, Consumer...
News Release
4/21/2016
CONTACT John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC -- Google slashed spending on lobbying by 25.5 percent in the first quarter of 2016 to $3.80 million, while AT&T reported the highest lobbying outlay at $4.48 million among a group of 16 tech and communications companies monitored by Consumer Watchdog. Google spent $5.10 million in the comparable 2015 period and AT&T’s...
News Release
4/20/2016
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today urged the Federal Trade Commission to file antitrust charges against Alphabet Inc.’s Google for using its monopoly power over the Android operating system to stifle competition and unfairly drive consumers to its own services. The call from the nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest group came...
News Release
4/8/2016
CONTACT John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON – Consumer Watchdog today called on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to require a steering wheel, brake and accelerator so a human driver can take control of a self-driving robot car when necessary in the guidelines it is developing on automated vehicle technology. In comments for a NHTSA public meeting today...
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4/8/2016
Consumer advocates warned Friday that U.S. auto safety regulators' push to aid autonomous car deployments may be too aggressive, and urged greater transparency and public input in policies covering self-driving technology.
News Release
3/31/2016
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog praised today’s vote by the Federal Communications Commission to start making rules that would protect the privacy of broadband customers. “Internet Service Providers have unique access to their users’ data,” said John M. Simpson, Consumer Watchdog’s Privacy Project Director...
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3/23/2016
Jamie Court with Consumer Watchdog explains how companies need to provide more protection for employees' personal and financial information after Lamps Plus employees' financial tax info was stolen.