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4/8/2015
  The new YouTube Kids mobile app targets young children with unfair and deceptive advertising and should be investigated, a group of consumer advocates told the Federal Trade Commission in a letter Tuesday. Scott Budman reports.
Video
4/8/2015
Several consumer groups are expected to file a complaint on Tuesday that asks the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Google’s recently released YouTube Kids application, a portal for cartoons and learning shows, arguing that the app mixes ads and programming in ways that are deceptive to children.
Video
4/8/2015
Consumer Watchdog has joined a coalition of prominent children’s and consumer advocacy groups that filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission today requesting an investigation of Google, charging the company with unfair and deceptive practices in connection with its new YouTube Kids app.
News Release
4/7/2015
CONTACT John M. Simpson
Washington, DC – Consumer Watchdog has joined a coalition of prominent children’s and consumer advocacy groups that filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission today requesting an investigation of Google, charging the company with unfair and deceptive practices in connection with its new YouTube Kids app.  The complaint...
Blog Post
5/8/2014
By John M. Simpson
The Federal Trade Commission has just settled a major privacy case with Snapchat, the developer of a popular messaging app.  Snapchat promised its users that pictures and videos, called "snaps" would quickly disappear after being viewed by the recipient. As the developer put it in its FAQs, according to the FTC: Is there any way...
Blog Post
6/3/2013
By John M. Simpson
Google is apparently reacting to widespread concerns about one of the most privacy invasive and Orwellian potential applications for its computerized eyeglasses known as Google Glass. Late Friday the Internet giant said it won't -- for now -- allow facial recognition software on the device. Facial recognition software has pretty much been...
Blog Post
5/21/2013
By John M. Simpson
There's growing evidence that privacy is not a partisan issue. Representative Joe Barton, a conservative Republican from Texas, has signed on to be a co-sponsor of Rep. Hank Johnson's bill to increase consumer privacy protection on mobile devices. Barton is the co-chair of the Bipartisan Congressional Privacy Caucus, eight members of...
News Release
5/17/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson or Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog’s top-rated mobile application is now available on phones using the Android operating system, which will allow consumers to petition Congress for stronger online privacy laws on Google’s own platform, the group announced today. The app’s featured action is an email to US Senators in...
News Release
5/9/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson
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...
News Release
4/24/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today demanded that Google give straight answers about how it handles apps buyers’ personal information when they buy apps from Google Play, a practice that is the target of a formal complaint from the public interest group to the Federal Trade Commission.   Tuesday, WebProNews and DroidLife,...