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News Release
10/18/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog urged the founders of Google to take today's early leak of financial information -- which caused Google to ask to suspend trading in its stock -- as a wake up call for the billionaire executives and prompt them to support giving Google users the right to suspend trading in their own private information....
News Release
8/29/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson & Carmen Balber
SAN FRANCISCO – A U.S. District Court Judge has granted Consumer Watchdog the right to oppose Google's record $22.5 million settlement with the Federal Trade Commission because it allows the Internet giant to deny any wrongdoing. "Google executives want to buy their way out of trouble with what for them is pocket change and then...
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...
Blog Post
6/5/2012
By John M. Simpson
Microsoft has just announced that the newest version of its popular browser, Internet Explorer 10, will come with the privacy friendly feature, "Do Not Track" already turned on by default.  Now since I've been pushing for Do Not Track implementation for at least the last two years, I should be rejoicing, right? Would that...
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
4/14/2012
By John M. Simpson
Around 50 representatives of various Internet stakeholders squared off for three days in Washington DC this past week as the W3C (World Web Consortium) Tracking Protection Working Group tried to set a standard for what Do Not Track means. Progress was made, but a huge gulf still exists between the online industry's proposals and those from...
News Release
3/26/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog praised the Federal Trade Commission’s privacy report released today supporting a Do Not Track Mechanism that will help give people control of the collection and use of their personal data when they are online. Consumer Watchdog has waged a two-year war to get Do Not Track to the top of the consumer...
News Release
3/1/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – As Google today killed 60 separate “privacy” policies for its services and said it would now combine data between services despite widespread objection, Consumer Watchdog said the new unified policy isn’t a privacy policy; it is a “spy policy.” “Calling this a ‘privacy policy...