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News Release
3/18/2014
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SAN FRANCISCO, CA-- A federal magistrate has denied a motion from Google in the Wi-Spy class action suit that plaintiffs said wrongfully would have blocked lawyers’ access to data Google’s Street View cars gathered from private Wi-Fi Networks. Instead of responding to the lawyers’ discovery requests,  “Google filed a...
Video
3/12/2014
It's coming, "driverless cars" could be commercially available sooner than you think. The California DMV held a public hearing to solicit ideas on how to integrate driverless cars — sometimes called "autonomous vehicles" — onto public roads.California regulators are now listening to issues data privacy and...
News Release
3/11/2014
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SACRAMENTO, CA -- The California Department of Motor Vehicles must enact regulations that protect users privacy in new regulations it is drafting that would cover Google’s driverless cars and other “autonomous vehicles” traveling on California’s highways, Consumer Watchdog told the DMV today. “The DMV regulations must...
Blog Post
3/11/2014
By John M. Simpson
I was up in Sacramento today to call on the Department of Motor Vehicles to ensure that the regulations that they are developing to govern the use of autonomous vehicles – popularly known as driverless cars –will protect the operators’ privacy. The company that will be most directly affected by the new autonomous vehicle...
Video
10/3/2013
Consumer Watchdog's Privacy Project Director John M. Simpson discusses federal Judge Lucy Koh's landmark decison that federal and state wiretap laws apply to Google's interception and reading of emails to target ads and build user profiles.  Another ruling by a federal  appeals court found that the wiretap laws apply in the...
News Release
9/10/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – A federal appeals court ruled today that Google’s interception of messages from private Wi-Fi networks is not exempt from federal wiretap laws, opening the way for a class action suit in the Wi-Spy case to move forward with possible damages amounting to billions of dollars. A three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of...
Blog Post
4/23/2013
By John M. Simpson
Google apparently is ending an egregious privacy breach involving people who buy apps from its Google Play store using Google Wallet to pay. Consumer Watchdog filed a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission with a copy to California Attorney General Kamala Harris about what Google was doing. The complaint  alleged that the Internet giant...
Blog Post
4/1/2013
By John M. Simpson
Google's privacy chief, Alma Whitten, is stepping down the Internet giant confirmed Monday.  Since word of her departure came out on April Fools' Day many folks probably thought this was part of the company's annual elaborate pranks like its "announcement" of a new service called "Google Nose." I mean how many...
News Release
3/12/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – The $7 million deal announced today ending a multi-state investigation of the Google Wi-Spy scandal does virtually nothing to thwart the Internet giant’s repeated privacy violations, Consumer Watchdog said.  The public interest group said Google should pay an amount that would affect its profits. In addition to...
Blog Post
3/8/2013
By John M. Simpson
Reports were circulating in the tech press Friday that serial privacy violator Google is about to cut a deal with state attorneys general to close their investigation of the Wi-Spy scandal. Remember what happened?  Google sent specially equipped cars to travel the highways and byways of the world snapping photos of everything they passed....