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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...
News Release
9/24/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SAN FRANCISCO – The Federal Trade Commission’s proposed $22.5 million settlement with Google for hacking past privacy settings on Apple’s Safari browser fails to include a permanent injunction against violating its “Buzz” Consent Decree with the Commission, one of three reasons it be should be rejected, Consumer...
News Release
8/29/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson & Carmen Balber
SAN FRANCISCO – A U.S. District Court Judge has granted Consumer Watchdog the right to oppose Google's record $22.5 million settlement with the Federal Trade Commission because it allows the Internet giant to deny any wrongdoing. "Google executives want to buy their way out of trouble with what for them is pocket change and then...
News Release
8/22/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SAN FRANCISCO – Consumer Watchdog has filed a motion in U.S. District Court asking that it be allowed to oppose the $22.5 million settlement the Federal Trade Commission has reached with Google because the agreement allows the Internet giant to deny any wrongdoing. Gary Reback and Robert J. Yorio, of the law firm Carr & Ferrell, filed...
News Release
8/17/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog praised Judge Richard Seeborg’s rejection late Friday afternoon of a proposed settlement in a class action suit against Facebook for using its users’ personal information in “Sponsored Stories” advertisements without their consent. “This decision does much to defend the...
News Release
8/13/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Google’s driverless cars should not be allowed on U.S. highways unless adequate privacy protections for users of the new technology are implemented and an amended bill in the California Legislature fails to deliver the necessary safeguards, Consumer Watchdog said today. In a letter to Felipe Fuentes, Chair of the...
News Release
8/9/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – The Federal Trade Commission’s record $22.5 million penalty against Google is inadequate unless the Internet giant admits its wrongdoing, Consumer Watchdog said today. The nonpartisan nonprofit public interest group said it will try to block the settlement, which must still be approved by a federal judge, unless...
News Release
8/2/2012
CONTACT Laura Antonini & John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today opposed the proposed settlement in a class action suit against Facebook for using Facebook users’ personal information in Sponsored Stories advertisements without their consent, saying that deal “is not fair, adequate or reasonable and provides no direct or indirect benefit to class members...
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
7/10/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – The Federal Trade Commission reportedly plans to fine Google $22.5 million for hacking around privacy settings on iPhones and iPads that use Apple’s Safari browser. Consumer Watchdog praised the Commission today for its expected strong action defending consumer privacy. Consumer Watchdog had filed a complaint in...