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News Release
5/9/2013
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WASHINGTON – Consumer Watchdog today praised Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) for introducing a bi-partisan bill that would increase consumer privacy protection on mobile devices.   The bill, H.R. 1913, is known as the Application Privacy, Protection and Security (APPS) Act of 2013. Among its co-sponsors is Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH).  The...
Video
4/23/2013
Consumer Watchdog Privacy Project Director John Simpson on whether employers have the right to monitor social media accounts.
News Release
4/22/2013
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WASHINGTON, DC – A coalition of six consumer and privacy public interest groups today praised Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W VA) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) 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...
News Release
4/19/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA—The California Department of Motor Vehicles must enact regulations that protect safety and privacy in new regulations it is drafting that would cover Google’s driverless cars and other “autonomous vehicles” traveling on California’s highways.   SB 1298, signed into law last September, directs...
Blog Post
4/2/2013
By John M. Simpson
Serial privacy violator Google may face fines in the millions of dollars in Europe as six countries Tuesday opened formal investigations into how Google combined its privacy and data policies last year without bothering to seek users' consent. The actions by France, Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and Spain came as Google refused to...
Blog Post
4/1/2013
By John M. Simpson
Google's privacy chief, Alma Whitten, is stepping down the Internet giant confirmed Monday.  Since word of her departure came out on April Fools' Day many folks probably thought this was part of the company's annual elaborate pranks like its "announcement" of a new service called "Google Nose." I mean how many...
Blog Post
3/25/2013
By John M. Simpson
Consumer Watchdog has filed a second complaint asking that the Federal Trade Commission act immediately against Google’s most recent privacy violation – sharing users’ personal information with apps developers -- after new information became available in a letter from Google to Rep. Hank Johnson, (D-GA). We've also expressed...
Blog Post
3/14/2013
By Jamie Court
There are two ways to look at Google Glass, the eyeware-spyware the Internet Goliath is releasing later this year.  Glass half full: it services us for convenience. Glass half empty: it services the corporation by allowing our eye glasses to record every public and private moment that goes into a digital profile in the cloud so Google can...
Video
3/14/2013
John Simpson of the Consumer Watchdog privacy project on the FTC's report on twitter disclosures.
Video
3/12/2013
John Simpson, director of Consumer Watchdog's privacy project, and Nick Thompson, editor of New Yorker Magazine Inc.'s Newyorker.com and a Bloomberg News contributor, talk about Google Inc.'s agreement to pay $7 million to settle a multistate probe over the collection of data from unsecured wireless networks across the U.S. They speak...