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2/13/2014
Comcast and Time Warner has proposed a merger to unite the two media giants. The American Consumer Satisfaction Index ranked both companies' television and Internet services the lowest in the nation. Will this monopoly bring lower prices, or angry customers? John Simpson held a press conference today to talk about the concerns many of us are...
Video
2/13/2014
Comcast and Time Warner's planned $44 billion merger may not bring much joy for their  subscribers.The combined company would bring cable or Internet service to about a third of American subscribers. That would give Comcast, which is already the nation's largest TV, Internet and home phone provider, an even more sizable lead on its...
News Release
2/13/2014
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog is calling on the U.S. Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission to block Comcast’s deal to buy Time Warner Cable for $45 billion because it is anti-competitive and not in the public interest. “Combining the two largest cable television providers into one company would...
News Release
9/10/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – A federal appeals court ruled today that Google’s interception of messages from private Wi-Fi networks is not exempt from federal wiretap laws, opening the way for a class action suit in the Wi-Spy case to move forward with possible damages amounting to billions of dollars. A three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of...
Blog Post
4/1/2013
By John M. Simpson
Google's privacy chief, Alma Whitten, is stepping down the Internet giant confirmed Monday.  Since word of her departure came out on April Fools' Day many folks probably thought this was part of the company's annual elaborate pranks like its "announcement" of a new service called "Google Nose." I mean how many...
Blog Post
3/8/2013
By John M. Simpson
Reports were circulating in the tech press Friday that serial privacy violator Google is about to cut a deal with state attorneys general to close their investigation of the Wi-Spy scandal. Remember what happened?  Google sent specially equipped cars to travel the highways and byways of the world snapping photos of everything they passed....
News Release
9/5/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson, Laura Antonini & Carmen Balber
WASHINGTON, DC -– The Federal Communications Commission’s plan to launch a program to measure mobile broadband service performance in the United States falls short of providing adequate protection, Consumer Watchdog said today. Cell phone carriers must be required to disclose data speeds in their advertisements if consumers are to...
News Release
8/23/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson, Laura Antonini, Carmen Balber & Harvey Rosenfield
WASHINGTON D.C. -- Citing deceptive and confusing advertising by mobile phone companies concerning data speeds, Consumer Watchdog today petitioned the Federal Communications Commission to require wireless carriers to disclose actual network data speeds. The group told the FCC that technical speed standards for “4G” mobile technology...
Blog Post
7/27/2012
By John M. Simpson
Google admitted Friday to the British data protection authorities that it failed to keep its promise to destroy data its Street View cars sucked up from private Wi-Fi networks. True to its form throughout out the Wi-Spy scandal, the Internet giant claimed it was all a mistake. "Google apologizes for its error," wrote Peter Fleischer...
News Release
6/21/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson, Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – Consumer Watchdog today sent its “Google Track Team” comprised of mimes dressed in white track suits to follow shareholders as they gathered for the company’s annual meeting in a bid to focus attention on the Internet giant’s online tracking activity. A full set of free-use photos of the event...