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News Release
9/19/2011
CONTACT Carmen Balber & John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON – Consumer Watchdog’s latest online animated video debuted today, satirizing Google CEO Larry Page and Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt to dramatize Google’s information monopoly and make the case for Do Not Track Legislation. The video, “Supercharge,” exposes actual quotes by the executives and shows the...
News Release
7/8/2011
CONTACT John M. Simpson, Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA  -- Google's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee's antitrust subcommittee in September the committee said today. The announcement comes after an intensive campaign by Consumer Watchdog to require Schmidt's sworn testimony before Congress that included two widely...
Blog Post
5/18/2011
By John M. Simpson
The forty-state probe by attorneys general slowed after then Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal was elected to the U.S. Senate, but he clearly hasn't dropped his concerns. In a letter this week to the chief executives of Microsoft, Google, Apple, Research in Motion, Skyhook Wireless and Nokia, Blumenthal writes that widespread...
Blog Post
5/18/2011
By Carmen Balber
A year ago this Saturday, German authorities revealed that Google’s Street View cars had been surreptitiously collecting data from home wireless networks in 30 countries around the world. Our friends at EPIC held a briefing in the Capitol today marking the one-year anniversary of what was presumably the largest data breach in world...
Blog Post
3/21/2011
By John M. Simpson
France's privacy watchdog has just fined Google 100,000 euros ($142,000) as a result of the Internet giant's Wi-Spy activities. It may not be a lot to a  company whose worldwide annual sales are around $25 billion a year, but it's the biggest fine the regulator has issued. It's the first fine to be imposed against Google...
Blog Post
3/2/2011
By Jamie Court
Google's grand experiment in photographing the world's places for Google Maps has taken its "street view" cameras off-road with new hi-tech tricycles equipped with 360 degree view cameras to photograph the back roads, parks, college paths and inner sanctums of our world. The engineer's latest design raises the question:...
News Release
2/24/2011
CONTACT John M. Simpson & Carmen Balber
WASHINGTON, DC -- Consumer Watchdog today asked Rep. Ed Markey, D-MA, and Rep. Joe Barton, R-TX, to seek hearings examining why Google gathered children’s social security numbers in entry forms for its “Doodle 4 Google” contest. The hearing should also investigate the Wi-Spy scandal. In a letter to the Congressmen, who are co-...
News Release
2/15/2011
CONTACT John M. Simpson & Carmen Balber
WASHINGTON, DC — Consumer Watchdog today welcomed the creation of a new Senate subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law, to be chaired by Sen. Al Franken, D-MN, and urged the panel to hold hearings on the Google Wi-Spy scandal. The nonpartisan, nonprofit public interest group also said the new committee should consider Do Not Track...
News Release
1/28/2011
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA — Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen’s deal with Google announced today makes it clear that Congressional hearings will be necessary if the American public is to understand fully what happened in the Wi-Spy scandal, Consumer Watchdog said. Google agreed to admit its Street View cars had collected private...
News Release
1/26/2011
CONTACT Carmen Balber, John M. Simpson +Jamie Court
WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog’s new animated satire, “Mr. Schmidt Goes to Washington,” debuted today on the streets of Washington, DC, to make the case for why Congress should call Google CEO Eric Schmidt to testify under oath about the Wi-Spy scandal and other online privacy issues.  The group also said the...