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News Release
11/29/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson or Carmen Balber
WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog today called on Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W.VA) to oppose Joshua Wright’s Nomination to the Federal Trade Commission, saying, “We cannot imagine a nominee who is more ill suited to serve as a Commissioner.” In a letter to Sen. Rockefeller, John M. Simpson, the...
Blog Post
11/29/2012
John M. Simpson
Should one company be able to control how you use the Internet and what you see? Google -- with 70% of online search and 90% of mobile search markets -- is increasingly doing this.  Evidence before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) shows that Google skews its results towards its own services and commercial priorities, when consumers believe...
Video
11/18/2012
Consumer Watchdog has lost its fight to make Google face a stiffer penalty for sidestepping privacy settings in Apple's web browser. The ruling comes amid growing concern that web companies know too much about what we do online.
News Release
11/15/2012
CONTACT John M Simpson
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog today urged the Federal Trade Commission to file an antitrust suit against Google and proceed to trial in U.S. District Court. The group said the FTC should break up the company and force it to divest its Motorola Mobility subsidiary. In a letter to the five FTC commissioners, the nonpartisan, nonprofit...
Blog Post
10/31/2012
By John M. Simpson
It looks like California Attorney General Kamala Harris means business when it comes to protecting consumers' online privacy.  She has started to warn scores of companies that their mobile applications or "apps" violate California privacy law and could face fines of up to $2,500 each time one is downloaded. Her action has...
News Release
10/18/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog urged the founders of Google to take today's early leak of financial information -- which caused Google to ask to suspend trading in its stock -- as a wake up call for the billionaire executives and prompt them to support giving Google users the right to suspend trading in their own private information....
News Release
10/16/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today praised the European data commissioners for rebuking Google’s unilateral merging of privacy policies and data across its various product lines and called on the Federal Trade Commission to act to protect U.S. consumers. “Google acted in complete disregard for legitimate privacy concerns...
News Release
9/27/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA  – Consumer Watchdog has called on the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to reject applications from Google and Amazon to buy control of huge swaths of the Internet by purchasing new generic Top Level Domains. In an open letter to the ICANN Board and CEO, GAC Members, Evaluators, the...
News Release
9/24/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SAN FRANCISCO – The Federal Trade Commission’s proposed $22.5 million settlement with Google for hacking past privacy settings on Apple’s Safari browser fails to include a permanent injunction against violating its “Buzz” Consent Decree with the Commission, one of three reasons it be should be rejected, Consumer...
News Release
9/20/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog today urged Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D –W.VA) to block attempts by Google and Amazon to buy control of huge swaths of the Internet by purchasing new generic Top Level Domains through the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). In a letter to Sen. Rockefeller, chairman of the Senate...