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News Release
8/10/2015
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Google’s announcement today that it is creating a new holding company called “Alphabet” changes nothing about the company’s impact and challenges it poses for consumers, the nonprofit public interest group Consumer Watchdog said. “A rose by any other name is still a rose and Google by any...
Blog Post
6/4/2015
By John M. Simpson
I have just returned from my annual pilgrimage to Mountain View, CA, to ask questions at the annual Google Shareholders’ meeting. This year I focused on privacy and safety issues involving the Internet giant’s robot cars. Three quick takeaways — besides the fact that Google’s executives know who we are:  Sergey Brin...
Video
6/4/2015
Consumer Watchdog's John M. Simpson, a Google shareholder, raised the questions about the privacy and safety issues involving Google's driverless cars during the question-and-answer portion of Google's annual shareholders' meeting.
News Release
6/3/2015
CONTACT John M. Simpson & Cody Rosenfield
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- Google founder Sergey Brin said he would be “open to” releasing accident reports about crashes involving its robot cars in response to a Consumer Watchdog challenge for transparency about the crashes today. However, Google executives rejected Consumer Watchdog’s call to protect privacy of driverless car users...
News Release
11/10/2014
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – NASA’s just announced lease agreement with a Google subsidiary to manage Moffett Federal Airfield wrongly rewards the Internet giant’s executives for longstanding abuses at Ames Research Center, Consumer Watchdog said. NASA claimed the lease would save the agency approximately $6.3 million annually in...
Blog Post
4/24/2014
By John M. Simpson
A settlement has been reached in the $3 billion class action lawsuit on behalf of 64,000 high tech workers who charged that Silicon Valley tech titans like Steve Jobs, Eric Schmidt and Sergey Brin illegally conspired to keep their wages down. Details of the settlement weren't released, but a joint letter from plaintiffs' and defendants...
News Release
2/10/2014
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA. -- Giving a Google corporate subsidiary control of Moffett Field, as announced today by the General Services Administration and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, wrongly rewards the Internet giant’s executives for longstanding abuses at Ames Research Center, Consumer Watchdog said. In December a NASA audit...
News Release
12/11/2013
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on NASA to evict a fleet of planes owned by Google’s billionaire top executives from Ames Research Center after an audit by the agency’s Inspector General found they received an unwarranted discount worth up to $5.3 million on jet fuel purchased from the government. Two years ago...
Blog Post
5/16/2013
By John M. Simpson
Eight members of Congress have sent a letter to Google CEO Larry Page asking tough and necessary questions about the Internet giant's new wearable computing device, Google Glass. The letter from members of the Bipartisan Privacy Caucus, whose Co-chairman is conservative Joe Barton, (R-TX), says, "As members of the Congressional Bipartisan...
Blog Post
11/30/2012
Jamie Court
When you stare down a $220 billion corporation, it's hard not to blink. But if the Federal Trade Commission doesn't deliver on its ultimatum to Google that it settle its antitrust problems soon for real relief or face prosecution, then consumers will never get the open and unfettered online and mobile access to information they deserve....