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News Release
12/1/2015
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Airbnb’s release of anonymized data about people who use its site to rent their property “will give New York City the necessary information to craft needed regulations and to enforce them” while still protecting privacy, Consumer Watchdog said today. The nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest group stated...
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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...
Blog Post
2/27/2014
By John M. Simpson
Data breaches at major retailers Target and Neiman Marcus during last year's holiday shopping season affected more than 100 million people and focused new attention on the need to protect person information stored online. While it's clear that tough data breach legislation must be enacted, California Attorney General Kamala Harris is...
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2/18/2014
The California Assembly Judiciary and Assembly Banking and Finance Committees gathered today to discuss the data breaches atcompanies such as Target, Neiman Marcus and Michaels. Target and Neiman Marcus refused to attend. Jamie Court, president of Consumer Watchdog, appears before the committees to talk about why it happened and what can be done.
Blog Post
2/18/2014
By Jamie Court
110 million Americans had their personal financial information breached at Target. That 's one out of two adult Americans. I was in Sacramento today to testify in front of a joint California Assembly committee hearing investigating the breach. And yet Target did not send a single representative to Sacramento today to answer questions about...
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1/11/2014
Department store Neiman Marcus confirmed that its database of customer information was hacked last month. The data breach occurred around mid-December, the same time as the Target attack. John M. Simpson of Consumer Watchdog speculates on the delay of announcement.
Video
1/10/2014
Target's massive credit card breach reported last month may be worse than previously thought. From November 27 to December 15 one of the most high-profile attacks in recent years,  the attack affected as many as 70 million individuals, as many as 40 million credit and debit cards were reported stolen last month. Consumer Watchdog's...
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12/23/2013
Chase Bank notified customers who used its debit cards at Target stores during the retailer's recent security breach that it was limiting the use of its cards during the busy holiday shopping season.  The new limit affects roughly 2 million accounts, or about 10 percent of Chase debit-card holders. The limits will remain in place...