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News Release
7/7/2015
CONTACT John Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- 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. In...
Blog Post
6/17/2015
By John M. Simpson
The Federal Communications Commission looks like it means business when it comes to enforcing open Internet rules.  It just slapped AT&T with a whopping $100 million fine, one of the largest ever, for improperly slowing, or “throttling” Internet speeds for people who purchased what the company had described  as “...
News Release
6/5/2015
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – After repeated calls for disclosure from Consumer Watchdog, Google today said it would issue regular reports offering some details of crashes involving its driverless cars.  The public interest group said more details are still needed. Google released its first of what it said would be monthly reports on a website...
Blog Post
6/4/2015
By John M. Simpson
I have just returned from my annual pilgrimage to Mountain View, CA, to ask questions at the annual Google Shareholders’ meeting. This year I focused on privacy and safety issues involving the Internet giant’s robot cars. Three quick takeaways — besides the fact that Google’s executives know who we are:  Sergey Brin...
Video
6/4/2015
Consumer Watchdog's John M. Simpson, a Google shareholder, raised the questions about the privacy and safety issues involving Google's driverless cars during the question-and-answer portion of Google's annual shareholders' meeting.
News Release
6/3/2015
CONTACT John M. Simpson & Cody Rosenfield
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- Google founder Sergey Brin said he would be “open to” releasing accident reports about crashes involving its robot cars in response to a Consumer Watchdog challenge for transparency about the crashes today. However, Google executives rejected Consumer Watchdog’s call to protect privacy of driverless car users...
Blog Post
5/22/2015
By John M. Simpson
It looks as though Google is muscling into a position where it can gather even more information about us as we increasingly connect “smart” devices to the Internet, creating the so-called Internet of Things (IoT) As first reported by The Information, the Internet giant is  developing a “light” version of its Android...
Blog Post
5/19/2015
By John M. Simpson
Google’s YouTube Kids is even worse than we thought. A month ago Consumer Watchdog joined a coalition of  prominent children’s and consumer advocacy groups in a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission requesting an investigation of Google, charging the company with unfair and deceptive practices in connection with its new...
Video
5/13/2015
Google Inc. revealed Monday that its self-driving cars have been in 11 minor traffic accidents since it began experimenting with the technology six years ago.
News Release
5/12/2015
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on Google to disclose the details of 11 crashes it has acknowledged its self-driving vehicles were involved in and released a video showing shortcomings of driverless car technology. “Google has admitted to 11 crashes involving its robot cars, but refuses to reveal the details,”...