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News Release
2/15/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC -- Consumer Watchdog has asked the House Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee Committee to hold hearings on Google's new privacy and data policy and to call Google CEO Larry Page " to explain his company's disingenuous statements about its supposed commitment to users' privacy." Consumer Watchdog...
News Release
2/1/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called for a Congressional briefing about Google’s new privacy and data policies to be open to the public and said a closed door-session with the lawmakers demonstrated Google executive’s “hypocrisy.” In a letter to Rep. Mary Bono Mack, (R-CA) Chairman of the House...
Blog Post
11/30/2011
By Moira Dhaliwal
We elect our representatives on the good faith that they are working in the best interest of the general public. However, as publicized by a "60 Minutes" piece, both parties of Congress apparently trade stocks based on inside knowledge and get away with it.  Studies (Bainbridge and Siobrowski, Cheng and Boyd) research...
Blog Post
11/18/2011
By Moira Dhaliwal
Let’s set the scene: It’s a typical day. While there is always work to be done, you are taking a moment to browse the web. You stumble across your favorite websites, perhaps you tweet about an interesting story, or you press the Facebook "Like" button on a cool page. Then you click on an ad because, “Hey, that looks...
News Release
10/21/2011
CONTACT John M. Simpson & Jamie Court
SANTA MONICA, CA - Google’s explanation for its soaring record spending on lobbying in Washington is disingenuous bafflegab, Consumer Watchdog said today. The Internet giant reported it spent $5.9 million lobbying during the first three quarters of the year, a 51 percent increase from the $3.9 million it spent in the comparable period a...
News Release
10/6/2011
CONTACT Joanne Doroshow - Center for Justice & Democracy, & Carmen Balber - Consumer Watchdog
Twenty-one major consumer and patient safety groups from around the country, whose memberships represent many millions of Americans, sent a letter today to the co-chairs of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction expressing strong opposition to any proposals that would limit the legal rights of patients injured by medical malpractice....
News Release
10/5/2011
CONTACT Jamie Court, John M. Simpson & Carmen Balber
Washington, DC – Consumer Watchdog today took Google's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt to task today over remarks made to The Washington Post in which he claimed Google should not be the subject of antitrust review because its services are "free" and made derogatory remarks about government officials being slow, backward and...
Video
9/26/2011
Jamie Court interviewed over President Obama's budget proposals.
Blog Post
9/23/2011
By John M. Simpson
I’m just back from Washington, D.C., where we dramatized the need to give consumers online privacy protection with Consumer Watchdog’s “track-in” event. We timed it to coincide with Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt’s testimony to the Senate Judiciary’s Antitrust Subcommittee. The highlight came as...
Video
9/23/2011
News Channel 8 - ABC in Washington DC -- Consumer Watchdog followed senators and staffers around the Dirksen Office building Wednesday, dramatizing how they say Google records everything users do on the Internet.