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News Release
10/21/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson

SANTA MONICA, CA – Google spent $3.94 million lobbying the federal government in the third quarter, off from its record $5.30 million in the previous quarter, but up 17 percent from $3.37 million in the comparable period in 2013, according to records just filed...
News Release
10/12/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson

SANTA MONICA, CA – Google, which is now forced to honor the “Right To Be Forgotten” in Europe as the result of a high court decision, should voluntarily offer the same privacy protection to users in the United States after Google’s own analysis...
Blog Post
10/10/2014
Posted 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...
News Release
10/10/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson

SANTA MONICA, CA – Public challenges to insurance rate requests have saved consumers $3.063 billion on auto, homeowners and medical malpractice policies over the last 12 years, demonstrating the potential savings under Prop 45 which applies the same limits on...
News Release
10/2/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson

SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today challenged the idea that widespread use of fully autonomous or driverless cars is imminent, and urged the state Insurance Commissioner to focus on immediate consumer concerns of auto safety and privacy. The nonpartisan,...
News Release
9/29/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson

SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today endorsed a new website, “Focus on the User” and a downloadable “widget” available on the site that demonstrates how Google favors its own services in local search results. View the web site here:...
News Release
9/20/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson

SANTA MONICA, CA – Three Northern California newspapers have endorsed Proposition 45, comparing it to California’s landmark insurance reform initiative Proposition 103 that has saved drivers tens of billions of dollars over the last 25 years and ensured...
Blog Post
9/10/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson

I don’t often agree with Google, but today I must admit that the Internet giant said exactly the right thing and came out strongly in support of net neutrality. Net neutrality is the idea that all traffic is treated equally on the Internet.  The Federal...
Blog Post
9/8/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson

The European Commission’s Competition Commissioner said over the weekend that Google’s proposed antitrust settlement is inadequate and added he would seek further concessions from the Internet giant. It’s clear to me that settlement talks will prove...
Blog Post
8/29/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson

An $8.5 million settlement  in a class action privacy lawsuit against Google “doesn’t pass the smell test” a federal judge said at a fairness hearing on the proposed deal Friday in San Jose, CA, indicating he will likely reject it. Five consumer...