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News Release
8/29/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson & Carmen Balber
SAN FRANCISCO – A U.S. District Court Judge has granted Consumer Watchdog the right to oppose Google's record $22.5 million settlement with the Federal Trade Commission because it allows the Internet giant to deny any wrongdoing. "Google executives want to buy their way out of trouble with what for them is pocket change and then...
News Release
8/22/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SAN FRANCISCO – Consumer Watchdog has filed a motion in U.S. District Court asking that it be allowed to oppose the $22.5 million settlement the Federal Trade Commission has reached with Google because the agreement allows the Internet giant to deny any wrongdoing. Gary Reback and Robert J. Yorio, of the law firm Carr & Ferrell, filed...
Video
8/21/2012
Do Americans care about their privacy online or is Consumer Watchdog making it up? The latter is a claim by a business blogger who turned this CNBC debate into a brawl by attacking Consumer Watchdog  rather than getting into the issues.  A judge recently ordered Google to disclose all the bloggers it paid to comment on its lawsuit with...
News Release
8/17/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog praised Judge Richard Seeborg’s rejection late Friday afternoon of a proposed settlement in a class action suit against Facebook for using its users’ personal information in “Sponsored Stories” advertisements without their consent. “This decision does much to defend the...
News Release
8/13/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Google’s driverless cars should not be allowed on U.S. highways unless adequate privacy protections for users of the new technology are implemented and an amended bill in the California Legislature fails to deliver the necessary safeguards, Consumer Watchdog said today. In a letter to Felipe Fuentes, Chair of the...
News Release
8/9/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – The Federal Trade Commission’s record $22.5 million penalty against Google is inadequate unless the Internet giant admits its wrongdoing, Consumer Watchdog said today. The nonpartisan nonprofit public interest group said it will try to block the settlement, which must still be approved by a federal judge, unless...
News Release
8/2/2012
CONTACT Laura Antonini & John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today opposed the proposed settlement in a class action suit against Facebook for using Facebook users’ personal information in Sponsored Stories advertisements without their consent, saying that deal “is not fair, adequate or reasonable and provides no direct or indirect benefit to class members...
Blog Post
7/16/2012
By John M. Simpson
The Obama Administration launched its "multistakeholder" privacy deliberations last week, but its difficult to see how there will be meaningful results unless Team Obama changes its tactics.   You'll remember that last February the White House released its landmark privacy report, Consumer Data Privacy in a Networked World...
News Release
7/10/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – The Federal Trade Commission reportedly plans to fine Google $22.5 million for hacking around privacy settings on iPhones and iPads that use Apple’s Safari browser. Consumer Watchdog praised the Commission today for its expected strong action defending consumer privacy. Consumer Watchdog had filed a complaint in...
News Release
6/25/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SACRAMENTO, CA – Google’s driverless cars should not be allowed on our highways unless strong privacy protections for users of the new technology are implemented, Consumer Watchdog told the California Assembly’s Transportation Committee today. The Committee holds a hearing today on SB 1298, the bill that would allow so-called...