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News Release
8/18/2015
CONTACT Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today asked NASA’s Inspector General to end a special NASA-Google deal to test unmanned drones over private land because it gives the Internet giant an unfair market advantage over competitors, and because the benefits to taxpayers are unclear. “NASA should suspend this special arrangement with...
News Release
8/10/2015
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Google’s announcement today that it is creating a new holding company called “Alphabet” changes nothing about the company’s impact and challenges it poses for consumers, the nonprofit public interest group Consumer Watchdog said. “A rose by any other name is still a rose and Google by any...
News Release
7/31/2015
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today said an advertising association’s letter to the Federal Trade Commission misunderstands the Right To Be Forgotten and added that consumer privacy protections are not censorship. The Association of National Advertisers (ANA) today sent a letter asking the FTC to reject Consumer Watchdog’s...
Blog Post
7/29/2015
By John M. Simpson
Promoters of self-driving vehicles tout the supposed benefits the robot cars will bring such as improved road safety if all the technological challenges are solved.  They appear to assume adoption will be widespread once the robot technology is perfected. There is a long way to go. Google’s self-driving cars, now being tested on public...
News Release
7/20/2015
CONTACT John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – Google trimmed its spending on lobbying in the second quarter by 13 percent to $4.62 million, according to disclosure forms filed today with the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, but still significantly outspent other tech giants. Google spent $5.29 million on federal lobbying in the second quarter of 2014 and $5.1...
Video
7/19/2015
A young California woman was decapitated in a tragic auto accident.  Photos from the grisly accident scene were wrongfully leaked by California Highway Patrol officers and posted to the Internet.  A search on her name still returns the horrible photographs. This is is a tragic example of people who have been harmed by Google’s...
Video
7/15/2015
Graphic CHP photos of a car crash victim were accidentally leaked onto the internet. Now every time the family name is googled, that horrific image comes up. So the parents of the victim have teamed up with Consumer Watchdog to establish a 'right to be forgotten rule' here in the U.S.
Video
7/15/2015
The father of a California woman whose family name remains linked in Internet search results to graphic leaked police photos of her fatal car crash, today joined Consumer Watchdog in calling for the "Right To Be Forgotten" to be honored in the United States. "Since the leak my family has been forced to relive the shock every time...
News Release
7/15/2015
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – The father of a California woman whose family name remains linked in Internet search results to graphic leaked police photos of her fatal car crash, today joined Consumer Watchdog in calling for the “Right To Be Forgotten” to be honored in the United States. “Since the leak my family has been forced to...
Video
7/7/2015
Google’s failure to offer U.S. users the ability to request the removal of search engine links from their name to information that is inadequate, irrelevant, no longer relevant, or excessive is an “unfair and deceptive” practice, Consumer Watchdog said in a complaint today to the Federal Trade Commission.