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News Release
11/6/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog has challenged Google to make public its latest proposal to settle the European Commission’s antitrust investigation by 5 p.m. Wednesday, or the public interest group said it would release the proposed deal itself. “I am writing on behalf of Consumer Watchdog to challenge you to hold your...
News Release
10/16/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson, Consumer Watchdog & Jeff Chester, Center For Digital Democracy
WASHINGTON – A coalition of 23 US consumer, privacy and public interest groups today wrote the European Parliament expressing strong support for the proposed European Data Protection Regulation because “we believe that the promotion of stronger privacy standards in Europe will benefit consumers around the globe.” “We write...
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...
Blog Post
12/20/2012
By John M. Simpson
Last weekend news broke that the Federal Trade Commission was about to settle its two-year antitrust investigation of Google with what charitably could be termed a slight tap on the wrist. But by Tuesday night the reported holiday gift to the Internet giant was unraveling and the FTC signaled it would keep the investigation going into January. So...
News Release
10/16/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today praised the European data commissioners for rebuking Google’s unilateral merging of privacy policies and data across its various product lines and called on the Federal Trade Commission to act to protect U.S. consumers. “Google acted in complete disregard for legitimate privacy concerns...
Blog Post
7/25/2012
By John M. Simpson
Google -- facing the possibility of a penalty of around $4 billion -- is trying to cut a deal with European antitrust regulators that would settle the regulators' objections without having to pay a fine. It's not certain that an agreement can be reached, but if one is, it will have a direct impact on the United States.  Joaquin...
Blog Post
7/16/2012
By John M. Simpson
The Obama Administration launched its "multistakeholder" privacy deliberations last week, but its difficult to see how there will be meaningful results unless Team Obama changes its tactics.   You'll remember that last February the White House released its landmark privacy report, Consumer Data Privacy in a Networked World...
News Release
5/21/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today welcomed the European Commission’s finding that Google’s business practices may violate antitrust law, but predicted that the Internet giant will not offer meaningful remedies voluntarily.  The nonpartisan, nonpartisan group said antitrust officials on both sides of the Atlantic...
News Release
3/16/2012
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog welcomed reports today confirming that the Federal Trade Commission and European regulators are investigating Google for violating the online privacy choices of consumers using the Safari web browser on Apple computers, iPhones and iPads. In a letter last month, Consumer Watchdog said that Google was...
News Release
3/1/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – As Google today killed 60 separate “privacy” policies for its services and said it would now combine data between services despite widespread objection, Consumer Watchdog said the new unified policy isn’t a privacy policy; it is a “spy policy.” “Calling this a ‘privacy policy...