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Video
2/10/2014
Consumer Watchdog's John M. Simpson discusses the implications of allowing carriers to disable your smart phone remotely. California state Senator Mark Leno has authored new bill in hopes that the wireless industry would wake up to the realities of high phone theft statistics in California. If enacted into law, it would effect all carriers of...
News Release
1/10/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog praised Attorney General Kamala D. Harris for releasing guidelines to protect privacy in the mobile ecosystem and said the key recommendations in her "Privacy on the Go" report released today should be enacted into law to fully protect consumers. "This is an important step towards taming...
News Release
12/7/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog Friday praised California Attorney General Kamala Harris for defending consumers’ privacy rights by filing a suit against Delta Airlines for offering a mobile “app” that violates the state’s privacy law. Under California law apps designed for use on smartphones and other mobile...
News Release
11/8/2012
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog’s new five-star rated app gives iPhone and iPad users a way to complain, stay informed and be engaged on the top consumer issues of the day. A popular feature, the “Consumer Watchdog Dog House,” allows consumers to take a photo with their phone and satirize or applaud a politician,...
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
2/23/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – The Obama Administration's blueprint to protect online privacy with a "Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights" unveiled today could provide meaningful protections, Consumer Watchdog said, but warned that the test of its effectiveness will come as the implementation unfolds. The nonprofit, nonpartisan public...
News Release
2/22/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ agreement announced today committing the leading operators of mobile application platforms to require privacy policies for applications ("apps") is a step forward, Consumer Watchdog said, but in addition “Do Not Track” regulations must be implemented...
News Release
2/17/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – In the wake of a Stanford University researcher’s study that found Google has been violating people’s online privacy choices, Consumer Watchdog said today the Internet giant was lying to users and called for the Federal Trade Commission to act.  iPhone and iPad users were targeted. “Google has...
Blog Post
2/14/2012
By John M. Simpson
Regulators on both sides of the Atlantic have cleared Google's $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility, but are vowing to keep a close eye on the Internet giant's behavior after the deal goes through. What concerns both the European Commission and the U.S. Justice Department is how Google will use Motorola's powerful mobile...
News Release
8/29/2011
CONTACT Carmen Balber & John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC -- Consumer Watchdog said that the self-regulatory privacy program created by online advertisers and scheduled to take effect for some today fails to protect consumers from companies that track their behavior online. Legislation enacting a “Do Not Track Me” option is necessary to ensure consumers have an easy to use,...