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News Release
4/16/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today demanded that the Federal Communications Commission release an uncensored version of its highly redacted decision to fine Google $25,000 for deliberately impeding and delaying its investigation of the Wi-Spy scandal. The nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest group is filing a Freedom of...
News Release
4/2/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on the U.S. Department of Commerce to offer legislation to implement the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights proposed by the Administration. In comments filed with the Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the nonpartisan, nonprofit public...
News Release
3/26/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog praised the Federal Trade Commission’s privacy report released today supporting a Do Not Track Mechanism that will help give people control of the collection and use of their personal data when they are online. Consumer Watchdog has waged a two-year war to get Do Not Track to the top of the consumer...
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...
Blog Post
2/28/2012
By John M. Simpson
Google is forging ahead with its plan to launch its new privacy and data handling policies this Thursday despite objections from regulators on both sides of the Atlantic. A privacy policy is where an Internet company explains how they use the data they will gather about you. Actually, then it probably makes more sense to call it a "spy...
News Release
2/24/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Five consumer and privacy groups today joined in sending a letter to the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade calling for public hearings on Google planned privacy changes, rather than a secret briefing. The letter to Rep. Bono Mack, (R-CA) Chair and Rep. G.K. Butterfield, (D-NC) Ranking Member said:...
News Release
2/23/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – The Obama Administration's blueprint to protect online privacy with a "Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights" unveiled today could provide meaningful protections, Consumer Watchdog said, but warned that the test of its effectiveness will come as the implementation unfolds. The nonprofit, nonpartisan public...
News Release
2/22/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA --- Consumer Watchdog today praised state attorneys general for voicing their concerns about Google’s changes in privacy polices and asking for a meeting with the Internet giant’s CEO Larry Page. Attorneys general from 35 other states and territories joined Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler in sending the...
News Release
2/22/2012
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ agreement announced today committing the leading operators of mobile application platforms to require privacy policies for applications ("apps") is a step forward, Consumer Watchdog said, but in addition “Do Not Track” regulations must be implemented...