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Blog Post
4/9/2011
By Jamie Court
This week we launched our campaign in Sacramento for our top priorities: 1) giving you power to stop unwanted collection of your personal information online and 2) an end to excessive health insurance premium hikes. No one at Consumer Watchdog's offices yesterday could doubt the need for better regulation of health insurance premiums....
News Release
4/4/2011
CONTACT John M. Simpson & Jamie Court
SACRAMENTO, CA ­– Consumer Watchdog unveiled new landmark California legislation to allow consumers in the state to stop unwanted online tracking and, in a letter, challenged Google CEO Larry Page, in his first day on the job, to support the "Do Not Track Me" plan and demonstrate Google is moving in a new direction. The bill...
News Release
3/30/2011
CONTACT John M. Simpson, 310-392-7041; Cell: 310-292-1902; Carmen Balber, 202-629-3043
WASHINGTON, DC — Consumer Watchdog praised the Federal Trade Commission for requiring Google to submit to privacy audits for the next twenty years, but said the Internet giant should also face monetary penalties for its abuses. The nonpartisan, nonprofit public interest group also called for government action to curtail Google’s anti...
News Release
3/16/2011
CONTACT John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A "multi-stakeholder process" to develop online privacy codes advocated today by the Obama Administration runs the risk of being dominated by industry and failing to protect consumers if it is not organized in a fair and balanced manner, six public interest groups warned. The groups include Consumer Watchdog, The...
News Release
2/18/2011
CONTACT John M. Simpson & Carmen Balber
WASHINGTON, DC — Consumer Watchdog today called on the Federal Trade Commission to create a “Do Not Track Me” mechanism to protect consumers’ online privacy and added that such a mechanism must have the force of law behind it. The nonpartisan, nonprofit public interest group made the call in comments filed on The Federal...
Blog Post
2/15/2011
By John M. Simpson
When an issue becomes the topic of a comic strip, you know it's on the nation's agenda. Online privacy crossed that threshold today in Scott Adams' Dilbert. I've been saying that the need to protect online privacy is one area where a bipartisan consensus in Washington may emerge.  All sorts of polls, including ours, have...
Blog Post
2/15/2011
By Jamie Court
The largely peaceful revolution in Cairo and Americans’ celebration of it raises the question: What would it take to mount a peaceful revolution in America against the Wall Street and corporate powerhouses that have turned the government against the best interests of our people? In America, the corporation is king and the abuses of...
News Release
2/15/2011
CONTACT John M. Simpson & Carmen Balber
WASHINGTON, DC — Consumer Watchdog today welcomed the creation of a new Senate subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law, to be chaired by Sen. Al Franken, D-MN, and urged the panel to hold hearings on the Google Wi-Spy scandal. The nonpartisan, nonprofit public interest group also said the new committee should consider Do Not Track...
News Release
2/11/2011
CONTACT Carmen Balber & John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC — “Do Not Track Me” legislation introduced in Congress today by Rep. Jackie Speier, D-CA, will let consumers block unwanted tracking of their information online, said the nonprofit Consumer Watchdog at a press conference today with the bill author and consumer and privacy advocates. The bill authorizes the...
News Release
2/9/2011
CONTACT John M. Simpson & Carmen Balber
WASHINGTON, DC — A new USA Today/Gallup poll that found most Americans are worried about privacy and viruses when using Facebook or Google  confirms an earlier poll by Consumer Watchdog and underscores the need for a Do Not Track mechanism to protect consumers online, the nonpartisan, nonprofit group said today. The poll was released...