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8/14/2013
In a response to a class action lawsuit, Google has stated that people sending messages to Gmail users have "no legitimate expectation of privacy."
News Release
8/12/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- In a stunning admission contained in a brief filed recently in federal court, lawyers for Google said people should not expect privacy when they send messages to a Gmail account. Consumer Watchdog said today that people who care about their email correspondents’ privacy should not use the Internet giant’s service....
News Release
7/25/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – A yearlong effort convened by the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Agency (NTIA) demonstrates the futility of crafting codes of conduct through a voluntary multi-stakeholder process and the way participants were asked their opinion of the proposed code makes a mockery of the effort,...
News Release
7/16/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today praised the co-chairs of an Internet standards-setting working group for rejecting a proposal from the online advertising industry that would have allowed online services to continue profiling users even when a Do Not Track message was sent.   Consumer Watchdog said that legislation would...
News Release
6/19/2013
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog today praised Mozilla as the nonprofit foundation announced it would move forward with addition of a setting in its popular Firefox browser to block the most intrusive tracking “cookies” by default.    Cookies are little bits of computer code that can be placed on a browser so that...
News Release
6/11/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson
A broad coalition of 86 organizations and Internet companies – including Consumer Watchdog, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, reddit, Mozilla, and the American Civil Liberties Union – sent a letter today to Congress demanding swift investigation and reform in light of the recent revelations about unchecked global surveillance of...
News Release
5/17/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson or Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog’s top-rated mobile application is now available on phones using the Android operating system, which will allow consumers to petition Congress for stronger online privacy laws on Google’s own platform, the group announced today. The app’s featured action is an email to US Senators in...
News Release
5/15/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA – A recent change in the way Google presents its privacy policy violates the California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA) and the policy is “fundamentally deceptive,” Consumer Watchdog told Attorney General Kamala Harris. “You have been a leader in the fight to protect Californians’ privacy, a...
News Release
5/9/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON – Consumer Watchdog today praised Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) for introducing a bi-partisan bill that would increase consumer privacy protection on mobile devices.   The bill, H.R. 1913, is known as the Application Privacy, Protection and Security (APPS) Act of 2013. Among its co-sponsors is Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH).  The...
Video
4/30/2013
The much talked about Google Glass is finally here. In fact, the Mountain View based company has just begun to roll out the highly-anticipated tech toy to a select group of people who applied to get one. Yet, there are many questions about where this next generation of technology may lead us and why some are concerned. "Google shouldn't...