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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...
News Release
1/15/2015
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today welcomed Google’s announcement that it would stop selling Google Glass, its privacy invasive wearable computing device and said the Internet giant should not offer a new version until privacy issues are solved. “Google Glass may have appealed to a bunch of socially clueless ‘...
Blog Post
6/18/2014
By John M. Simpson
Remember Geordi La Forge?  He's the fictional character in Star Trek: The Next Generation who was portrayed by LeVar Burton.  Blind from birth, the helmsman of the USS Enterprise-D  wore a "VISOR" (Visual Instrument and Sensory Organ Replacement) in order to "see." Some have compared the fictional character...
Blog Post
5/5/2014
By John M. Simpson
Google's privacy invading wearable computing device, Glass, has been taking a lot of well deserved hits lately, and the Internet giant seems to have launched a PR campaign to bolster the device's plummeting image. Over the weekend Google sponsored "Glass Night Out" at various locations across the country. Saturday night my...
Video
4/15/2014
"Simply put, Google Glass is a stalker's dream come true," Consumer Watchdog's report concluded after demonstrating how Glass could easily be used to record PIN information from an ATM card.  Consumer Watchdog has a point or two. Because the virtual display takes up about 15 percent of the visual field, a half-dozen states...
Blog Post
4/9/2014
By John M. Simpson
Perhaps you've heard of Google's latest outrageous gambit. The Internet giant is fighting to trademark the word "Glass."   Google Glass is the company's wearable and privacy-invasive computing device.  It's in beta mode, being tested by so-called explorers, who forked over $1,500 to become Glassholes. ...
Blog Post
2/24/2014
By John M. Simpson
Looks like even Google is finally figuring out the innate privacy invasive properties of its wearable computing device, Google Glass.  The Internet giant has posted a list of do's and don't's on its Glass website that tells "Explorers" -- the first group of people to get access to Glass for $1,500 -- how not to be "...
Blog Post
9/5/2013
By Jamie Court
Google went to federal court in San Jose  to defend the company’s eye-popping assertion that those who email G-mail users have “no legitimate expectation of privacy.”  Federal Judge Lucy H. Koh said she would consider Google's request to dismiss the privacy case, but also set a date to schedule a trial -- suggesting...
Video
8/30/2013
When CNET's Molly Wood first heard about Google Glass she thought the device sounded like a good idea.  Now after checking out the wearable computing device she calls people who don them "Glassholes" and  says "Google Glass is a new frontier in human rudeness, inattention, and danger." It's not so much a...
Video
7/25/2013
Google has been selling its newest high-tech device, Google Glass, to a select group to test the technology so it can be improved for the mass market. Elizabeth Lee reports for VOA from Los Angeles that the biggest criticism has been about privacy.