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Blog Post
2/27/2013
By Jamie Court
If you think the price you are paying at the pump today is too high, what do you think will happen if there are even fewer oil companies providing your gasoline? Consumer Watchdog has been working to stop the merger of BP and Tesoro in California -- which would leave two gasoline refiners controlling more than 50% of the gasoline market. That...
News Release
2/25/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson, Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA—Consumer Watchdog today called on the Federal Trade Commission to act immediately against Google’s most recent privacy violation – sharing users’ personal information with apps developers – and said the penalties for violating a previous consent order should reach into the billions of dollars....
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...
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...
Blog Post
1/10/2013
By John M. Simpson
Google may have only received a tap on the wrist from the Federal Trade Commission when the agency closed the U.S. antitrust investigation without taking action against the Internet giant for skewing search results to favor its services, but it's looking increasingly likely that Google will face strong action on the other side of the Atlantic...
News Release
1/8/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson and Carmen Balber
WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog today called on the Federal Trade Commission to release the 100-page staff report on the 19-month Google investigation as the only way to “restore a modicum of public trust in the Commission’s ability to serve as an effective antitrust enforcer.”   “I call on you to release...
News Release
1/3/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson & Carmen Balber
WASHINGTON, DC – The Federal Trade Commission’s settlement with Google fails to end its most anticompetitive practice, Consumer Watchdog said today and the public interest group called on the Department of Justice and state attorneys general to press forward to end the Internet giant’s monopolistic behavior in search results....
Blog Post
12/26/2012
By Jamie Court
Can you remember another year when consumers' voices have been heard so loudly? We're one step closer to fair health insurance rates: Consumer Watchdog Campaign qualified a ballot measure for the next California general election that forces health insurance companies to justify and get permission before raising rates, and also provides...
Blog Post
12/20/2012
By John M. Simpson
Last weekend news broke that the Federal Trade Commission was about to settle its two-year antitrust investigation of Google with what charitably could be termed a slight tap on the wrist. But by Tuesday night the reported holiday gift to the Internet giant was unraveling and the FTC signaled it would keep the investigation going into January. So...
Blog Post
12/19/2012
By John M. Simpson
The Federal Trade Commission Wednesday announced amendments to the Children's Online Privacy Protection (COPPA) Rule that will give parents more control over the information online services and websites can collect about their kids.  It's the first change since COPPA was passed in 1998 and is meant to update the protections to a time...