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News Release
12/19/2016
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog and Privacy Rights Clearinghouse have filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission charging that Google violated the law and an earlier consent agreement when it forced a change in its privacy policy on users in a highly deceptive manner, without meaningful notice and consent. The Internet giant...
Blog Post
5/19/2015
By John M. Simpson
Google’s YouTube Kids is even worse than we thought. A month ago Consumer Watchdog joined a coalition of  prominent children’s and consumer advocacy groups in a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission requesting an investigation of Google, charging the company with unfair and deceptive practices in connection with its new...
Blog Post
12/9/2014
By John M. Simpson
Consumer Watchdog has joined the Center for Digital Democracy and eight other organizations in asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate and take enforcement action against the Topps Company for violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. The complaint, which was prepared for the 10 groups by Georgetown University Law...
Blog Post
11/17/2014
By John M. Simpson
How is a consumer supposed to know if an online company is actually following the practices and keeping the promises that it outlines in its all-too-often almost incomprehensible privacy policy? Assuming you do read and understand it, most of us don’t have the resources or ability to verify that the company is actually doing what it claims....
Blog Post
8/29/2014
By John M. Simpson
You know how Google executives are always claiming that they care about privacy?  Well, yet again their actions demonstrate  just how empty those claims actually are are. Disconnect, a San Francisco based startup just spent a year and $300,000 developing a privacy protecting app for Android smartphones called Disconnect Mobile. Like...
Blog Post
5/8/2014
By John M. Simpson
The Federal Trade Commission has just settled a major privacy case with Snapchat, the developer of a popular messaging app.  Snapchat promised its users that pictures and videos, called "snaps" would quickly disappear after being viewed by the recipient. As the developer put it in its FAQs, according to the FTC: Is there any way...
News Release
1/22/2014
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Google’s social network, Google+, relies on a flagrant and fundamental privacy design flaw that is an unfair business practice, Consumer Watchdog said today in a formal complaint to the Federal Trade Commission. In addition, the nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest group said that the Internet giant’s plan...
Blog Post
4/15/2013
By John M. Simpson
Details of Google's proposed settlement with the European Union to avoid antitrust charges have been leaking out of Brussels over the weekend. And while EU competition authorities appear to have accomplished more that the gentle tap on the wrist meted out by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the deal as so far revealed doesn't do enough...
News Release
2/28/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson or Carmen Balber
WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog today praised Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W VA) for introducing a Do-Not-Track bill, which would charge the Federal Trade Commission with establishing standards by which consumers could tell online companies, including mobile applications, that they do not want their information collected. Under the bill,...
Blog Post
2/27/2013
By Jamie Court
If you think the price you are paying at the pump today is too high, what do you think will happen if there are even fewer oil companies providing your gasoline? Consumer Watchdog has been working to stop the merger of BP and Tesoro in California -- which would leave two gasoline refiners controlling more than 50% of the gasoline market. That...