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Blog Post
2/18/2014
By Jamie Court
110 million Americans had their personal financial information breached at Target. That 's one out of two adult Americans. I was in Sacramento today to testify in front of a joint California Assembly committee hearing investigating the breach. And yet Target did not send a single representative to Sacramento today to answer questions about...
News Release
1/30/2014
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today insisted the European Commission must ‘market test’ a reported new proposal from Google to settle the three-year antitrust investigation of the Internet giant and said any remedy must insist that Google use an objective, nondiscriminatory mechanism to rank and display all search results...
Video
1/10/2014
Target's massive credit card breach reported last month may be worse than previously thought. From November 27 to December 15 one of the most high-profile attacks in recent years,  the attack affected as many as 70 million individuals, as many as 40 million credit and debit cards were reported stolen last month. Consumer Watchdog's...
News Release
1/9/2014
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Google has cleaned up its social network shutting down some accounts of apparent online predators and eliminating explicit sexual content in apparent response to a complaint from Consumer Watchdog, but the Internet giant’s Google+ still has a privacy design flaw that must be fixed, the public interest group said...
Video
12/23/2013
Chase Bank notified customers who used its debit cards at Target stores during the retailer's recent security breach that it was limiting the use of its cards during the busy holiday shopping season.  The new limit affects roughly 2 million accounts, or about 10 percent of Chase debit-card holders. The limits will remain in place...
Video
12/23/2013
Chase Bank is keeping a close eye on customers' ATM activity following the credit and debit card security breach at Target stores. KCAL9's Melanie Woodrow reports.
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12/19/2013
Target says anyone who made purchases by swiping cards at terminals in its U.S. stores between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15 may have had their accounts exposed. The stolen data includes customer names, credit and debit card numbers, card expiration dates and the three-digit security codes located on the backs of cards. The stolen information included...
News Release
12/18/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Google has allowed its social network to become a virtual playground for online predators and explicit sexual content, a seven-month study by a tech industry whistleblower has found, and Consumer Watchdog today called on the Internet giant “to take immediate action to police and clean up your social network, Google+....
News Release
11/18/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA. – Google’s $17 million settlement with states attorneys general demonstrates the Internet giant’s business strategy of doing whatever it wants and then buying its way out of trouble when caught breaking the rules, Consumer Watchdog said today. “Google hacked around the privacy settings on Apple’s...
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...