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News Release
7/16/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today praised the co-chairs of an Internet standards-setting working group for rejecting a proposal from the online advertising industry that would have allowed online services to continue profiling users even when a Do Not Track message was sent.   Consumer Watchdog said that legislation would...
News Release
6/19/2013
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog today praised Mozilla as the nonprofit foundation announced it would move forward with addition of a setting in its popular Firefox browser to block the most intrusive tracking “cookies” by default.    Cookies are little bits of computer code that can be placed on a browser so that...
News Release
6/11/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson
A broad coalition of 86 organizations and Internet companies – including Consumer Watchdog, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, reddit, Mozilla, and the American Civil Liberties Union – sent a letter today to Congress demanding swift investigation and reform in light of the recent revelations about unchecked global surveillance of...
Video
6/6/2013
Consumer Watchdog's Privacy Project Director, John M. Simpson, asks pointed questions at the 2013 Google shareholder's meeting.
News Release
6/6/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson, Jamie Court, & Carmen Balber
Mountain View, CA -- People attending Google's shareholder meeting today cannot wear the company's privacy invasive computerized eye wear, Google Glass, according to rules governing the session.   Rules for the meeting posted online bar taking pictures, recording the meeting or using electronic devices such as smart phones. Consumer...
Blog Post
5/1/2013
By John M. Simpson
Microsoft, which is trying to position itself in a major advertising campaign as a privacy friendly Internet company, should take a simple step that shows it means what it says. Online tracking is pervasive and invasive on the Internet.  The most insidious is performed by companies that most consumers don't even know exist, so-called 3rd...
News Release
4/22/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – A coalition of six consumer and privacy public interest groups today praised Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W VA) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) for introducing a Do-Not-Track bill, which would charge the Federal Trade Commission with establishing standards by which consumers could tell online companies, including mobile...
Blog Post
3/14/2013
By Jamie Court
There are two ways to look at Google Glass, the eyeware-spyware the Internet Goliath is releasing later this year.  Glass half full: it services us for convenience. Glass half empty: it services the corporation by allowing our eye glasses to record every public and private moment that goes into a digital profile in the cloud so Google can...
News Release
2/28/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson or Carmen Balber
WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog today praised Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W VA) for introducing a Do-Not-Track bill, which would charge the Federal Trade Commission with establishing standards by which consumers could tell online companies, including mobile applications, that they do not want their information collected. Under the bill,...
News Release
2/1/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson or Carmen Balber
WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog Friday outlined three priorities focused on consumer privacy that must be emphasized by the next chair of the Federal Trade Commission as Jon Leibowitz stepped down from the agency after four years on the job. "Jon Leibowitz made the FTC relevant to consumers during his tenure, though he fell far...