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Blog Post
12/4/2012
By John M. Simpson
Joshua Wright, nominee to the Federal Trade Commission faced tough grilling before the Senate Commerce Committee Tuesday and his answers did nothing to change my view that he is a bad choice for the Commission. In in a written statement about the hearing Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WVA) voiced his concerns this way: "Our final nominee is...
News Release
11/29/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson or Carmen Balber
WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog today called on Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W.VA) to oppose Joshua Wright’s Nomination to the Federal Trade Commission, saying, “We cannot imagine a nominee who is more ill suited to serve as a Commissioner.” In a letter to Sen. Rockefeller, John M. Simpson, the...
Blog Post
11/29/2012
John M. Simpson
Should one company be able to control how you use the Internet and what you see? Google -- with 70% of online search and 90% of mobile search markets -- is increasingly doing this.  Evidence before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) shows that Google skews its results towards its own services and commercial priorities, when consumers believe...
Blog Post
11/19/2012
By John M. Simpson
A federal judge's ruling late Friday in a key privacy case demonstrates the need to implement tough "Do Not Track" rules and to take decisive action on the antitrust front against Google. Judge Susan Illston approved the Federal Trade Commission's $22.5 million settlement with the Internet giant for hacking past privacy settings...
Blog Post
11/12/2012
By John M. Simpson
Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz has given Google what Bloomberg News Service describes as an ultimatum to settle the agency's antitrust investigation in the next few days or face a lawsuit. Citing unidentified sources, Bloomberg reporter Sara Forden on Monday wrote: "Google has been in discussions with the agency for about...
Blog Post
11/1/2012
By John M. Simpson
Signs that Google will soon face strong antitrust action on both sides of the Atlantic are increasing with a report Thursday from Bloomberg News Service that the the Federal Trade Commission staff has recommended that the Internet giant be sued for unfairly blocking competitors' access to smartphone-technology patents. Bloomberg's Sara...
Blog Post
4/14/2012
By John M. Simpson
Around 50 representatives of various Internet stakeholders squared off for three days in Washington DC this past week as the W3C (World Web Consortium) Tracking Protection Working Group tried to set a standard for what Do Not Track means. Progress was made, but a huge gulf still exists between the online industry's proposals and those from...
News Release
6/29/2011
CONTACT John M. Simpson, Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
WASHINGTON, DC -- Consumer Watchdog has filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission charging that a virtual currency system called “Facebook Credits” used to play games on Facebook’s social network violates antitrust law.   The virtual goods market is expected to produce revenue of $2.1 billion in 2011, up from $...
Blog Post
6/23/2011
By John M. Simpson
Since April when Bloomberg News reported that the Federal Trade Commission was contemplating a full-blown antitrust investigation of Google, people who follow the Internet giant have been waiting for the other shoe to drop. It did on Thursday with the report in the Wall Street Journal that the five-member Commission is about to serve Google...