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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...
Blog Post
6/17/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson

The Federal Communications Commission looks like it means business when it comes to enforcing open Internet rules.  It just slapped AT&T with a whopping $100 million fine, one of the largest ever, for improperly slowing, or “throttling” Internet...
Blog Post
6/15/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson

Consumer Watchdog has joined eight other privacy advocates and quit the so-called “multi-stakeholder process” being run by the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications Administration to develop a code of conduct for companies using facial...
News Release
6/15/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson

WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog today petitioned the Federal Communications Commission to enact rules that would require Internet companies known as “edge providers”, such as Google and Facebook, to honor Do Not Track requests sent from a consumer...
News Release
6/9/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today said it opposes a proposed San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ ordinance that requires home sharing platforms like Airbnb to turn over massive amounts of personal information to the city, because it would violate...
News Release
6/5/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson

SANTA MONICA, CA – After repeated calls for disclosure from Consumer Watchdog, Google today said it would issue regular reports offering some details of crashes involving its driverless cars.  The public interest group said more details are still needed....
Blog Post
6/4/2015
Posted 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 —...
News Release
6/3/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson

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...
Blog Post
5/22/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson

It looks as though Google is muscling into a position where it can gather even more information about us as we increasingly connect “smart” devices to the Internet, creating the so-called Internet of Things (IoT) As first reported by The Information, the...