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News Release
3/12/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – The $7 million deal announced today ending a multi-state investigation of the Google Wi-Spy scandal does virtually nothing to thwart the Internet giant’s repeated privacy violations, Consumer Watchdog said.  The public interest group said Google should pay an amount that would affect its profits. In addition to...
News Release
2/25/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson, Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA—Consumer Watchdog today called on the Federal Trade Commission to act immediately against Google’s most recent privacy violation – sharing users’ personal information with apps developers – and said the penalties for violating a previous consent order should reach into the billions of dollars....
News Release
2/1/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson or Carmen Balber
WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog Friday outlined three priorities focused on consumer privacy that must be emphasized by the next chair of the Federal Trade Commission as Jon Leibowitz stepped down from the agency after four years on the job. "Jon Leibowitz made the FTC relevant to consumers during his tenure, though he fell far...
News Release
1/30/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson or Carmen Balber
WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog Wednesday called on the Federal Trade Commission to ask Congress to pass Do Not Track legislation because “the self-regulatory effort to design Do Not Track is virtually dead in the water.”   In a letter to FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz John M. Simpson, the nonpartisan nonprofit public...
News Release
1/10/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog praised Attorney General Kamala D. Harris for releasing guidelines to protect privacy in the mobile ecosystem and said the key recommendations in her "Privacy on the Go" report released today should be enacted into law to fully protect consumers. "This is an important step towards taming...
News Release
12/7/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog Friday praised California Attorney General Kamala Harris for defending consumers’ privacy rights by filing a suit against Delta Airlines for offering a mobile “app” that violates the state’s privacy law. Under California law apps designed for use on smartphones and other mobile...
News Release
12/4/2012
CONTACT John M Simpson
WASHNGTON, DC – President Obama’s newest Federal Trade Commission nominee, who is expected to pledge to recuse himself from matters involving Google because of financial conflicts of interest, has anti-regulatory views at odds with the agency’s consumer protection mission, said Consumer Watchdog today.   “Joshua...
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
10/31/2012
By John M. Simpson
It looks like California Attorney General Kamala Harris means business when it comes to protecting consumers' online privacy.  She has started to warn scores of companies that their mobile applications or "apps" violate California privacy law and could face fines of up to $2,500 each time one is downloaded. Her action has...
News Release
10/18/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog urged the founders of Google to take today's early leak of financial information -- which caused Google to ask to suspend trading in its stock -- as a wake up call for the billionaire executives and prompt them to support giving Google users the right to suspend trading in their own private information....