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News Release
8/22/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA. – Consumer Watchdog joined the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and three other public interest groups today in opposing a proposed $8.5 million settlement in a class action suit against Google for privacy violations in the way it handled users’ search data because of at least “three obvious...
News Release
8/15/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson
UPDATE!: @ConsumerWD's Reddit AMA will begin at 2:30 pm (Pacific time). Join John Simpson to discuss Google & Privacy at http://redd.it/1kfl5x SANTA MONICA, CA – Google is either lying to the court or lying to the public, Consumer Watchdog said today, after the Internet giant made new public claims asserting it respects users...
Video
8/14/2013
In a response to a class action lawsuit, Google has stated that people sending messages to Gmail users have "no legitimate expectation of privacy."
News Release
7/25/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, DC – A yearlong effort convened by the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Agency (NTIA) demonstrates the futility of crafting codes of conduct through a voluntary multi-stakeholder process and the way participants were asked their opinion of the proposed code makes a mockery of the effort,...
News Release
7/16/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today praised the co-chairs of an Internet standards-setting working group for rejecting a proposal from the online advertising industry that would have allowed online services to continue profiling users even when a Do Not Track message was sent.   Consumer Watchdog said that legislation would...
News Release
6/19/2013
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog today praised Mozilla as the nonprofit foundation announced it would move forward with addition of a setting in its popular Firefox browser to block the most intrusive tracking “cookies” by default.    Cookies are little bits of computer code that can be placed on a browser so that...
News Release
6/11/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson
A broad coalition of 86 organizations and Internet companies – including Consumer Watchdog, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, reddit, Mozilla, and the American Civil Liberties Union – sent a letter today to Congress demanding swift investigation and reform in light of the recent revelations about unchecked global surveillance of...
Video
6/6/2013
Consumer Watchdog's Privacy Project Director, John M. Simpson, asks pointed questions at the 2013 Google shareholder's meeting.
News Release
6/6/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson, Jamie Court, & Carmen Balber
Mountain View, CA -- People attending Google's shareholder meeting today cannot wear the company's privacy invasive computerized eye wear, Google Glass, according to rules governing the session.   Rules for the meeting posted online bar taking pictures, recording the meeting or using electronic devices such as smart phones. Consumer...
News Release
5/15/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA – A recent change in the way Google presents its privacy policy violates the California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA) and the policy is “fundamentally deceptive,” Consumer Watchdog told Attorney General Kamala Harris. “You have been a leader in the fight to protect Californians’ privacy, a...