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News Release
6/19/2012
CONTACT John M Simpson & Carmen Balber
Washington, DC – In an opinion piece published in POLITICO today, Consumer Watchdog's Jamie Court and John M. Simpson compare the treatment of News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch – who was called before Parliament in Britain to answer for hacking into the private phone records of families – and the kid glove treatment Google CEO...
Blog Post
5/24/2012
By John M. Simpson
Consumer Watchdog has long held the view that Google's executives are hypocrites, claiming their mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful, while remaining deeply secretive about the company's activities. It wasn't a popular view of the Internet giant. I think many people used...
News Release
5/17/2012
CONTACT John M Simplson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today countered Google’s objections to the Federal Communications Commission’s release of detailed documents about the Commission’s investigation of how Google hacked into private Wi-Fi networks and sought broad disclosure of the documents’ contents. Consumer Watchdog has filed...
News Release
5/2/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today filed a Freedom Of Information Act Request with the Federal Communications Commission seeking all documents related to the Commission’s investigation of the Google Wi-Spy scandal. So far only the FCC’s Notice of Apparent Liability For Forfeiture has been made public.  It ordered...
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
4/16/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today demanded that the Federal Communications Commission release an uncensored version of its highly redacted decision to fine Google $25,000 for deliberately impeding and delaying its investigation of the Wi-Spy scandal. The nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest group is filing a Freedom of...
Blog Post
12/2/2011
By Laura Antonini
Consumers can claim another victory in the AT&T/T-Mobile merger battle. Regulators listened to our warnings about the wireless giant’s false promises to consumers and are now blocking the deal. On the heels of AT&T’s decision to withdraw its merger application, the FCC delivered what may just be the final nail in the...
News Release
12/2/2011
CONTACT John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog today called for a federal investigation into the "Spyphone Scandal", in which software embedded in smartphones surreptitiously tracks users' activities, including their keystrokes and numbers they dialed. The probe should extend beyond the software developer, Carrier IQ, and include...
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...
News Release
1/20/2011
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today welcomed the announcement that Co-Founder Larry Page will become chief executive officer of the Internet giant and expressed optimism that the changes at the top mean Google will return to the values of its founders. Current CEO Eric Schmidt will become “executive chairman,” Google said...