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7/5/2014
KABC TV-7 Los Angeles 7-5-14 - Facebook Research Conducted Without Permission
News Release
6/30/2014
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – A 2012 secret experiment in which Facebook manipulated users’ news feed to see whether certain kinds of content made users happy or sad, violated basic research ethics, Consumer Watchdog said today. Results of the experiment, which also involved academic researchers, were published in the prestigious Proceedings of...
News Release
1/22/2014
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Google led in lobbying spending by ten tech firms who pumped a combined $61.15 million into efforts to influence federal regulators and lawmakers in 2013, up 15.9 percent from a combined total of $52.78 million, according to records filed with the Clerk of the House this week. Consumer Watchdog, a nonpartisan nonprofit...
Blog Post
11/15/2013
By John M. Simpson
Have you heard about the outstanding documentary film Terms and Conditions May Apply?  Directed by Cullen Hoback, it exposes what corporations and governments can learn about you based on how you use the Internet and your cell phone. There will be an online screening of the film, free to the first 3,000 viewers, this Sunday at 5 pm ET (2 pm...
News Release
10/22/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC -- Google continued to lead tech firms in lobbying expenses during the third quarter, spending $3.4 million on its effort to buy influence with federal legislators and policymakers, according to disclosure forms just filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Facebook’s spending soared 47 percent to $1.4 million...
News Release
9/5/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – A coalition of six consumer privacy groups is calling on the Federal Trade Commission to enforce an earlier consent order with Facebook and block proposed changes in the social network’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities and its Data Use Policy because the proposed changes violate the 2011 settlement with the...
News Release
7/23/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – Technology companies continued to pump money into their lobbying efforts during the second quarter, with Google leading the pack spending $3.36 million on its effort to buy influence with federal legislators and policymakers, according to disclosure forms filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Microsoft spent...
Video
4/23/2013
Consumer Watchdog Privacy Project Director John Simpson on whether employers have the right to monitor social media accounts.
News Release
4/23/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Facebook continued its major effort to win friends in Washington, spending $2.45 million on lobbying efforts during the first quarter, a 277 percent increase from $650,000 a year earlier just filed disclosures show.   For all of 2012 Facebook’s spent $3.99 million on lobbying, according to records filed with...
News Release
1/23/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson & Carmen Balber
WASHINGTON, DC – Google and Facebook continued to pump record amounts of money into their lobbying efforts during 2012 with Facebook’s spending soaring 318 percent in the fourth quarter, while Google’s was up 70 percent for the year.   “Google and Facebook would have you believe that they are different from other...