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Blog Post
8/21/2015
By John M. Simpson
Many of us worry that companies with an abundance of cash and a willingness to use it can unfairly influence elections and politicians.  Google — or do we call it Alphabet these days — has demonstrated a willingness to throw around big bucks to achieve its goals, but two researchers have shown how the Internet giant poses an even...
News Release
11/27/2014
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SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today urged the European Parliament to pass a resolution calling for the break-up of Google to end the Internet giant’s monopolistic dominance, a remedy that the U.S. public interest group proposed more than four years ago. The Parliament is expected today to take up a motion calling for the...
News Release
11/21/2014
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today praised an expected call from the European Parliament to break up Google to end the Internet giant’s monopolistic dominance, a remedy that the public interest group proposed more than four years ago. The Financial Times first reported today that the European Parliament is expected to call for...
Blog Post
8/29/2014
By John M. Simpson
An $8.5 million settlement  in a class action privacy lawsuit against Google “doesn’t pass the smell test” a federal judge said at a fairness hearing on the proposed deal Friday in San Jose, CA, indicating he will likely reject it. Five consumer privacy groups — Consumer Watchdog, the Electronic Privacy Information...
Blog Post
3/21/2013
By John M. Simpson
Eleven Internet Companies are pressing European antitrust regulators to take strong action against Google so that the Internet giant's smaller rivals aren't hurt. And what happens across the pond in this case could have an impact on possible antitrust action in the United States. The companies, organized by the British shopping comparison...
Blog Post
1/23/2012
By Jamie Court
It’s  been a big day for those of us who have been making the case that Google steers users not to the most relevant products and services, but to its own services.  This morning in Brussels, Consumer Watchdog called upon European privacy officials to investigate such antitrust issues, including how  “the recent...
Blog Post
2/2/2011
John M. Simpson
Google is blasting rival Microsoft for copying its search engine results for use on Microsoft's search service, Bing. Microsoft claims they did nothing wrong and that Google engaged in "a spy-novelesque stunt." I always like a good media stunt and have been accused of committing a few myself by none other than the Internet giant...