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News Release
4/20/2016
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today urged the Federal Trade Commission to file antitrust charges against Alphabet Inc.’s Google for using its monopoly power over the Android operating system to stifle competition and unfairly drive consumers to its own services. The call from the nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest group came...
Blog Post
10/4/2015
By John M. Simpson
The Court of Justice of the European Union will rule Tuesday on the validity of the U.S.-European Union “Safe Harbor” deal covering how Europeans’ personal data can be transferred across the Atlantic by Internet giants like Google and Facebook. Many people are betting the court will throw out the deal and in the long run that...
News Release
7/31/2015
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today said an advertising association’s letter to the Federal Trade Commission misunderstands the Right To Be Forgotten and added that consumer privacy protections are not censorship. The Association of National Advertisers (ANA) today sent a letter asking the FTC to reject Consumer Watchdog’s...
News Release
7/27/2015
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- The U.S. public interest group Consumer Watchdog today wrote European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager asking the Commission to investigate tactics reportedly used by Apple to drive out “freemium” (commercial sponsored) streaming music and unfairly dominate the streaming music business. “Based on...
Blog Post
5/5/2015
By John M. Simpson
There are many things I admire about Europe these days.  Near the top of my list is the so-called right to be forgotten. And then there’s the European antitrust actions against Internet giant, Google. The right to be forgotten allows people to request the removal of search engine links from their name to information that is inadequate,...
News Release
2/6/2015
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – A Google-commissioned report advising that the Internet giant implement the right to be forgotten only in Europe is little more than a self-serving publicity stunt, Consumer Watchdog said today, adding that the important privacy protection should be implemented in the United States. “The right to be forgotten is an...
Blog Post
12/5/2014
By John M. Simpson
Recent action by the 28 privacy regulators in Europe is focusing new attention on the so-called “right to be forgotten.”  The right is the topic this week at U.S. News and World Report’s Debate Club where I make the case that the right simply brings into the Digital Age the protections of privacy by obscurity. Marc...
News Release
11/27/2014
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today urged the European Parliament to pass a resolution calling for the break-up of Google to end the Internet giant’s monopolistic dominance, a remedy that the U.S. public interest group proposed more than four years ago. The Parliament is expected today to take up a motion calling for the...
News Release
11/21/2014
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today praised an expected call from the European Parliament to break up Google to end the Internet giant’s monopolistic dominance, a remedy that the public interest group proposed more than four years ago. The Financial Times first reported today that the European Parliament is expected to call for...
Blog Post
10/10/2014
By John M. Simpson
Since The European Court of Justice ruled  that citizens of the European Union have a “right to be be forgotten” Google and other search engine operators have been doing their best to undermine the court’s decision.  Instead — if they would actually listen to their users — they would be figuring out how to...