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News Release
4/30/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called for a Senate hearing into the Google Wi-Spy scandal and urged that a key figure known in a Federal Communications Commission report as “Engineer Doe” be granted immunity from prosecution in return for his testimony. Newly released un-redacted FCC documents show that many people...
News Release
4/2/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on the U.S. Department of Commerce to offer legislation to implement the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights proposed by the Administration. In comments filed with the Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the nonpartisan, nonprofit public...
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
3/21/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Washington, DC – A House bill (H.R. 5) seeking draconian federal limits on malpractice accountability would raise overall health care costs and leave families harmed by medical negligence with no recourse, said Consumer Watchdog. A letter to Congressional leaders signed by Consumer Watchdog and 21 other prominent public interest groups...
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...
Blog Post
2/28/2012
By John M. Simpson
Google is forging ahead with its plan to launch its new privacy and data handling policies this Thursday despite objections from regulators on both sides of the Atlantic. A privacy policy is where an Internet company explains how they use the data they will gather about you. Actually, then it probably makes more sense to call it a "spy...
News Release
2/24/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Five consumer and privacy groups today joined in sending a letter to the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade calling for public hearings on Google planned privacy changes, rather than a secret briefing. The letter to Rep. Bono Mack, (R-CA) Chair and Rep. G.K. Butterfield, (D-NC) Ranking Member said:...
News Release
2/23/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – The Obama Administration's blueprint to protect online privacy with a "Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights" unveiled today could provide meaningful protections, Consumer Watchdog said, but warned that the test of its effectiveness will come as the implementation unfolds. The nonprofit, nonpartisan public...
News Release
2/22/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA --- Consumer Watchdog today praised state attorneys general for voicing their concerns about Google’s changes in privacy polices and asking for a meeting with the Internet giant’s CEO Larry Page. Attorneys general from 35 other states and territories joined Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler in sending the...
Blog Post
2/17/2012
By John M. Simpson
Google is facing more questions from Congress.  The Internet giant's deliberate circumventing of privacy settings in Apple's Safari browser -- that's the one used on iPhones and iPads -- is prompting the outrage. The deliberate privacy breach was discovered by Stanford University researcher Jonathan Mayer and reported first by...