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News Release
7/31/2015
Posted by 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 (...
Blog Post
7/29/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson

Promoters of self-driving vehicles tout the supposed benefits the robot cars will bring such as improved road safety if all the technological challenges are solved.  They appear to assume adoption will be widespread once the robot technology is perfected. There is...
News Release
7/27/2015
Posted by 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)...
News Release
7/21/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson

SANTA MONICA, CA -- The nonprofit group Consumer Watchdog today wrote the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Justice Department asking them to investigate tactics reportedly used by Apple to drive out “freemium” (commercial sponsored) streaming music...
News Release
7/20/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson

WASHINGTON, DC – Google trimmed its spending on lobbying in the second quarter by 13 percent to $4.62 million, according to disclosure forms filed today with the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, but still significantly outspent other tech giants....
News Release
7/15/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson

SANTA MONICA, CA – The father of a California woman whose family name remains linked in Internet search results to graphic leaked police photos of her fatal car crash, today joined Consumer Watchdog in calling for the “Right To Be Forgotten” to be...
News Release
7/8/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson

SANTA MONICA, CA. – Consumer Watchdog strongly supports the Consumer Privacy Protection Act introduced today in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. David N. Cicilline, D-RI, and co-sponsored by eleven other Democrats.  “This is a strong bill that...
News Release
7/7/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson

SANTA MONICA, CA -- Google’s failure to offer U.S. users the ability to request the removal of search engine links from their name to information that is inadequate, irrelevant, no longer relevant, or excessive is an “unfair and deceptive” practice...
News Release
6/22/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson

SANTA MONICA, CA – A U.S. Supreme Court decision today striking down a Los Angeles Ordinance allowing police to check guest registries at motels and hotels at any time as unconstitutional supports Consumer Watchdog's position that a warrant must be required...
News Release
6/18/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson

SANTA MONICA, CA – The California Department of Motor Vehicles has reversed its policy and today said it would release accident reports about crashes involving self-driving cars that are being tested on public roads. “It took too long, but the DMV is now...