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News Release
6/22/2011
CONTACT John M. Simpson, Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
WASHINGTON, DC -- The refusal of Google's top executives, CEO Larry Page and Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt to testify at a hearing by the Senate's antitrust subcommittee demonstrates a contempt for Congress and the full Senate Judiciary Committee should subpoena the two executives, Consumer Watchdog said today. Consumer Watchdog has...
News Release
4/15/2011
CONTACT John M. Simpson, Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
WASHINGTON, DC – As average Americans focus today on their income tax bill, Consumer Watchdog called on President Obama and the chairmen of the House and Senate tax committees to block calls for a tax holiday that would unfairly benefit corporate giants like Google.   In a letter to the President, Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) of the...
Blog Post
3/21/2011
By John M. Simpson
France's privacy watchdog has just fined Google 100,000 euros ($142,000) as a result of the Internet giant's Wi-Spy activities. It may not be a lot to a  company whose worldwide annual sales are around $25 billion a year, but it's the biggest fine the regulator has issued. It's the first fine to be imposed against Google...
Blog Post
3/16/2011
By John M. Simpson
The Obama Administration threw its weight behind privacy legislation Wednesday as Assistant Commerce Secretary Lawrence Strickling testified before the Senate Commerce Committee about online privacy. Clearly Washington is focusing on privacy issues, but will meaningful consumer protections be enacted? There is cause for concern. It's the...
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...
Blog Post
3/11/2011
By John M. Simpson
The Senate Antitrust Subcommittee plan to examine Google's activities for possible antitrust violations, is the latest indication that the Internet giant's behavior is drawing increasingly skeptical -- and well deserved -- scrutiny in the nation's capital. I'm just back from Washington were I was discussing online privacy...
News Release
3/3/2011
CONTACT Carmen Balber or Doug Heller
Washington DC – The lobby for health insurance salespeople seeks to rewrite the health reform law to guarantee broker income at the cost of increasing consumer premiums, said Consumer Watchdog Thursday.   Legislation backed by lobbyists for insurance brokers and independent agents would let insurance companies pay commissions on...
Blog Post
2/24/2011
By John M. Simpson
Concerned with the way Google was gathering social security numbers from children in connection with its "Doodle 4 Google" contest, I wrote to Reps. Ed Markey, D-MA, and Joe Barton, R-TX, calling for hearings into the incident as well as a look at the Google Wi-Spy scandal. I sent the letter via email around noon today and later this...
Blog Post
2/24/2011
By Judy Dugan
The hilarity of the day: A journalist at a little online alternative magazine, the Buffalo Beast, made a cold call to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Posing as energy megabillionaire and Tea Party funder David Koch, Beast editor Ian Murphy not only got past some oblivious staff members to get Walker on the phone, the Tea Party-backed governor...
News Release
2/24/2011
CONTACT John M. Simpson & Carmen Balber
WASHINGTON, DC -- Consumer Watchdog today asked Rep. Ed Markey, D-MA, and Rep. Joe Barton, R-TX, to seek hearings examining why Google gathered children’s social security numbers in entry forms for its “Doodle 4 Google” contest. The hearing should also investigate the Wi-Spy scandal. In a letter to the Congressmen, who are co-...