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Blog Post
7/27/2012
By John M. Simpson
Google admitted Friday to the British data protection authorities that it failed to keep its promise to destroy data its Street View cars sucked up from private Wi-Fi networks. True to its form throughout out the Wi-Spy scandal, the Internet giant claimed it was all a mistake. "Google apologizes for its error," wrote Peter Fleischer...
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...
Video
6/24/2012
Protests outside Google's shareholders meeting in Mountain View took on a circus-like look Thursday afternoon. Mimes dressed in track suits followed shareholders into the annual meeting. As shareholders lined up to register for the meeting, Consumer Watchdog's Google track team pretended to spy on them. The mimes provided the humor...
News Release
6/21/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson, Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – Consumer Watchdog today sent its “Google Track Team” comprised of mimes dressed in white track suits to follow shareholders as they gathered for the company’s annual meeting in a bid to focus attention on the Internet giant’s online tracking activity. A full set of free-use photos of the event...
News Release
6/19/2012
CONTACT John M Simpson & Carmen Balber
Washington, DC – In an opinion piece published in POLITICO today, Consumer Watchdog's Jamie Court and John M. Simpson compare the treatment of News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch – who was called before Parliament in Britain to answer for hacking into the private phone records of families – and the kid glove treatment Google CEO...
Blog Post
5/24/2012
By John M. Simpson
Consumer Watchdog has long held the view that Google's executives are hypocrites, claiming their mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful, while remaining deeply secretive about the company's activities. It wasn't a popular view of the Internet giant. I think many people used...
News Release
5/17/2012
CONTACT John M Simplson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today countered Google’s objections to the Federal Communications Commission’s release of detailed documents about the Commission’s investigation of how Google hacked into private Wi-Fi networks and sought broad disclosure of the documents’ contents. Consumer Watchdog has filed...
News Release
4/16/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today demanded that the Federal Communications Commission release an uncensored version of its highly redacted decision to fine Google $25,000 for deliberately impeding and delaying its investigation of the Wi-Spy scandal. The nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest group is filing a Freedom of...
Blog Post
12/28/2011
By Doug Heller
If you use the internet, you’re being tracked by the big players of the web like Google. In our quest to shine a light on this constant digital invasion of our lives, Consumer Watchdog decided to turn the tables on Google earlier this year by tracking them... old-fashioned style: with mimes! Consumer Watchdog’s privacy advocates...
News Release
10/5/2011
CONTACT Jamie Court, John M. Simpson & Carmen Balber
Washington, DC – Consumer Watchdog today took Google's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt to task today over remarks made to The Washington Post in which he claimed Google should not be the subject of antitrust review because its services are "free" and made derogatory remarks about government officials being slow, backward and...