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News Release
1/30/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson or Carmen Balber
WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog Wednesday called on the Federal Trade Commission to ask Congress to pass Do Not Track legislation because “the self-regulatory effort to design Do Not Track is virtually dead in the water.”   In a letter to FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz John M. Simpson, the nonpartisan nonprofit public...
News Release
1/10/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog praised Attorney General Kamala D. Harris for releasing guidelines to protect privacy in the mobile ecosystem and said the key recommendations in her "Privacy on the Go" report released today should be enacted into law to fully protect consumers. "This is an important step towards taming...
Blog Post
1/4/2013
By Carmen Balber
What an inspiring 2012! Together, we exposed and stopped false MPG claims by automakers, shamed health insurance companies into lowering outrageous rate hikes and moved closer to the day when technology companies can’t collect and sell our private information online and on our phones without consent. This year we’ll continue these...
Blog Post
12/28/2012
By Carmen Balber
Did you see Jamie's blog? He's right, we've had an amazing 2012. We couldn't have done any of it without your support, and your tax-deductible contribution now will help us reach our year-end goal to cover next year's expenses. Your tips prompted our letter to the EPA that resulted in the first-ever recall of multiple car...
Video
12/21/2012
If you're reading this article and think no one knows what you are doing because you're alone, think again. "Most people don't really understand the extent to which their web activities are tracked when they go online or on the Internet to different websites," said John Simpson of consumerwatchdog.org. Simpson demonstrated...
News Release
12/4/2012
CONTACT John M Simpson
WASHNGTON, DC – President Obama’s newest Federal Trade Commission nominee, who is expected to pledge to recuse himself from matters involving Google because of financial conflicts of interest, has anti-regulatory views at odds with the agency’s consumer protection mission, said Consumer Watchdog today.   “Joshua...
Blog Post
11/29/2012
John M. Simpson
Should one company be able to control how you use the Internet and what you see? Google -- with 70% of online search and 90% of mobile search markets -- is increasingly doing this.  Evidence before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) shows that Google skews its results towards its own services and commercial priorities, when consumers believe...
Blog Post
11/19/2012
By John M. Simpson
A federal judge's ruling late Friday in a key privacy case demonstrates the need to implement tough "Do Not Track" rules and to take decisive action on the antitrust front against Google. Judge Susan Illston approved the Federal Trade Commission's $22.5 million settlement with the Internet giant for hacking past privacy settings...
News Release
11/15/2012
CONTACT John M Simpson
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog today urged the Federal Trade Commission to file an antitrust suit against Google and proceed to trial in U.S. District Court. The group said the FTC should break up the company and force it to divest its Motorola Mobility subsidiary. In a letter to the five FTC commissioners, the nonpartisan, nonprofit...
Blog Post
11/12/2012
By John M. Simpson
Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz has given Google what Bloomberg News Service describes as an ultimatum to settle the agency's antitrust investigation in the next few days or face a lawsuit. Citing unidentified sources, Bloomberg reporter Sara Forden on Monday wrote: "Google has been in discussions with the agency for about...