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Video
9/18/2011
Google's information monopoly extends from 70% of the search market to 95% of the mobile search market.  But Google refuses to respect our "Do Not Track" wishes. This 3rd installment of the animated "Don't Be Evil" series uses the Google's CEOs own words to satirize the company's mobile tracking practices...
News Release
8/29/2011
CONTACT Carmen Balber & John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC -- Consumer Watchdog said that the self-regulatory privacy program created by online advertisers and scheduled to take effect for some today fails to protect consumers from companies that track their behavior online. Legislation enacting a “Do Not Track Me” option is necessary to ensure consumers have an easy to use,...
Blog Post
8/19/2011
By John M. Simpson
I just received an encouraging letter from the Federal Trade Commission assuring me that its Division of Privacy and Identity Protection is "carefully monitoring the privacy issues associated with online tracking." The letter, from Maneesha Mithal, the division's Associate Director, was in response to our recent complaint about...
Blog Post
6/3/2011
By John M. Simpson
If you follow a company closely, like I follow Google, there is no better place to remind its executives of your continued interest than the company's annual shareholders' meeting. It keeps them on their toes. I own a couple of shares of Google stock, so I headed up to Mountain View Thursday to attend the Internet giant's meeting...
Blog Post
5/23/2011
By John M. Simpson
I've just seen what has to be the lamest excuse ever to come out of the Googleplex. Apparently Google hasn't implemented a Do Not Track mechanism on its Chrome browser, because, according to one of the Internet Giant's top privacy lawyers, Keith Enright, the geeks in Mountain View "need more granularity and a more reasonable...
Blog Post
5/9/2011
By Jamie Court
U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller did the American people a great favor today by introducing the Do-Not-Track-Online Act of 2011. iPhone and Android users should not have to worry about being spied on by their smart phones. We should be able to say no to Google and Facebook when they violate our privacy daily by tracking us online and collecting...
News Release
5/4/2011
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SACRAMENTO, CA – For the first time in American history a privacy proposal to give people the right to stop collection of their personal information online has passed a legislative committee. A bill that would give people the right to opt out of being tracked online passed its first hurdle in California as the Senate Judiciary Committee...
Video
5/3/2011
ABC-TV's Nannette Miranda covers Consumer Watchdog's Jamie Court and John M. Simpson working for the passage of online privacy protections in California's Senate Bill 761. This is the first time in American history an online "Do Not Track Me" proposal has passed a legislative committee, or even had a hearing! You can...
News Release
4/22/2011
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – New details of how tech giants Google and Apple spy on users of their smartphones demonstrate the need for Do Not Track Me legislation that would cover mobile devices, Consumer Watchdog said today.   A Wall Street Journal article today revealed that Apple’s iPhones and Google’s Android smartphones...
News Release
4/12/2011
CONTACT John M. Simpson, Jeff Chester & Carmen Balber
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A coalition of consumer groups and privacy advocates welcomed the bipartisan effort by Senators John Kerry and John McCain to craft online privacy legislation today, but said their bill needs to be significantly strengthened if it is to effectively protect consumer privacy rights in today’s digital marketplace....