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News Release
8/1/2017
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today warned that the tech industry is pressing the Trump Administration to adopt language in a new North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) deal that would protect websites like the notorious Backpage.com that facilitate child sex-trafficking.  The tech industry efforts come as Congress is...
News Release
5/23/2017
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on tech companies including Google, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon and Microsoft, to support amending a key Internet law so websites like Backpage.com that facilitate child sex trafficking can be held accountable by victims and state attorneys general. Consumer Watchdog’s call came at the...
Video
3/14/2013
John Simpson of the Consumer Watchdog privacy project on the FTC's report on twitter disclosures.
Blog Post
4/2/2012
By John M. Simpson
Over the weekend The Los Angeles Times published a new poll suggesting that we may have reached the tipping point on online privacy, finally forcing policymakers to take notice and react to ease people's concerns. The USC Dornsife/Times poll found a stunning 82 percent of Californians say they are very or somewhat concerned about "...
Blog Post
1/13/2012
By John M. Simpson
Google's latest change to its search engine, dubbed "Search plus Your World" apparently has drawn the scrutiny of the Federal Trade Commission because of antitrust concerns, according to Bloomberg News. I'd say the agency, already investigating the Internet giant's business practices, was correct to add Google's...