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News Release
6/29/2011
CONTACT John M. Simpson, Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
WASHINGTON, DC -- Consumer Watchdog has filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission charging that a virtual currency system called “Facebook Credits” used to play games on Facebook’s social network violates antitrust law.   The virtual goods market is expected to produce revenue of $2.1 billion in 2011, up from $...
News Release
2/9/2011
CONTACT John M. Simpson & Carmen Balber
WASHINGTON, DC — A new USA Today/Gallup poll that found most Americans are worried about privacy and viruses when using Facebook or Google  confirms an earlier poll by Consumer Watchdog and underscores the need for a Do Not Track mechanism to protect consumers online, the nonpartisan, nonprofit group said today. The poll was released...
Blog Post
2/3/2011
By John M. Simpson
Next week will be a busy one in Washington for online privacy as at least two bills are expected to be introduced in the House.  Rep. Jackie Speier, D-CA, plans to offer Do Not Track legislation and Rep. Bobby Rush, D- IL, is expected to re-introduce his online privacy bill. There's activity outside Congress as well. Also in the House...
Blog Post
12/27/2010
By Jamie Court
Google and Facebook were born in California. In an op-ed in today's Los Angeles Times, I argue California's constitution, which has among the strongest privacy protections in America, demands that the state take the lead on online privacy legislation if Congress refuses. At a Consumer Watchdog conference in Washington DC on December...
Blog Post
10/8/2010
Posted by John M. Simpson
Support for Do Not Track Me legislation is growing in Washington with the chairman of the Federal Trade Commission telling ABC's Good Morning America on Friday that "one of the things we are thinking about is a Do Not Track List." The idea is to allow consumers to opt out of having their Web activities tracked by companies wanting to to...
Blog Post
7/23/2010
Posted by Khan Shoieb
Consumer Watchdog's John Simpson testified at a hearing yesterday on federal agency use of Web 2.0 technology, but the hearing got off to a rocky start when Ranking Member Patrick McHenry (R-NC) opted for a procedural gimmick and even introduced a motion to adjourn the hearing before the witnesses were able to testify. The hearing comes in the...
Blog Post
7/21/2010
Posted by John M. Simpson
We haven't yet persuaded the House Energy and Commerce Committee to convene a hearing on Google's Wi-Spy snooping and its dealings with intelligence agencies, but I'm off to Washington to testify to another committee. The Information Policy, Census and National Archives Subcommittee of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is...
Blog Post
6/16/2010
Posted by John M. Simpson
Consumer Watchdog today joined a lineup of ten of the nation’s top privacy groups and sent an open letter to Facebook calling for the social networking giant to fix remaining issues concerning user privacy and control. Facebook recently took steps to address some privacy problems, but more needs to be done. If Facebook really cared about...
Blog Post
5/20/2010
Posted by John M. Simpson
In the latest revelation in a seemingly never ending stream of privacy breaches by online companies, we now know that Facebook and MySpace have been sending consumers' personal information to advertisers despite promises that they don't share such data without consent. And Google, already scrambling with its own all-hands-on-deck response to its...
Blog Post
3/19/2010
Posted by Carmen Balber
I’m not taking an axe to my computer or anything, but every day I am more and more disturbed by the infinite ways the ‘social networking’ revolution is changing the way we interact with the world. Or, more importantly, the way corporations interact with us, in an age when data aggregators and math whizzes can figure out just...