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Video
9/10/2017
After Equifax's data breech it has tried to placate the public by offering free credit monitoring, on the condition you waive your right to sue. This may violate California law, says Consumer Watchdog.
News Release
9/8/2017
CONTACT John M. Simpson
Group Calls for Attorney General to Investigate SANTA MONICA, CA – Giant credit bureau Equifax’s response to a data breach and its offer for free credit monitoring for victims may violate California law, Consumer Watchdog said today. The group called for Attorney General Xavier Becerra to investigate. California law requires that a...
Video
2/13/2015
Can you believe the personal records of 80 million Americans were breached in the data hack health insurance company Anthem revealed last week? In the latest installment of our new short video segment, “Bite Back,”  we take on the Anthem hack and another less-publicized case when Anthem placed millions more medical records at risk...
News Release
2/13/2015
CONTACT John Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today called on President Obama to back mandatory encryption of sensitive data like health records to prevent damaging data breaches like the Anthem Inc. hack that compromised the records of 80 million people. The nonprofit nonpartisan public interest group made its call as Obama was speaking at The White...
News Release
4/1/2014
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog has told the White House Team studying the Obama Administration’s policy towards “Big Data” that “people must be able to know what information is gathered about them, how long it is kept and for what the information will be used.” Consumer Watchdog also joined 21 other...
Blog Post
3/27/2014
By John M. Simpson
A class action suit on behalf of as many as 168,500 patients of Los Angeles County medical facilities has been been filed against Sutherland Healthcare Solutions because of a breach their medical records. Sutherland handles billing and collections for the county's Department of Health Services and the county's Department of Public Health...
Blog Post
2/27/2014
By John M. Simpson
Data breaches at major retailers Target and Neiman Marcus during last year's holiday shopping season affected more than 100 million people and focused new attention on the need to protect person information stored online. While it's clear that tough data breach legislation must be enacted, California Attorney General Kamala Harris is...
Video
2/18/2014
The California Assembly Judiciary and Assembly Banking and Finance Committees gathered today to discuss the data breaches atcompanies such as Target, Neiman Marcus and Michaels. Target and Neiman Marcus refused to attend. Jamie Court, president of Consumer Watchdog, appears before the committees to talk about why it happened and what can be done.
Blog Post
2/18/2014
By Jamie Court
110 million Americans had their personal financial information breached at Target. That 's one out of two adult Americans. I was in Sacramento today to testify in front of a joint California Assembly committee hearing investigating the breach. And yet Target did not send a single representative to Sacramento today to answer questions about...
Video
1/11/2014
Department store Neiman Marcus confirmed that its database of customer information was hacked last month. The data breach occurred around mid-December, the same time as the Target attack. John M. Simpson of Consumer Watchdog speculates on the delay of announcement.