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News Release
11/21/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson

SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today praised an expected call from the European Parliament to break up Google to end the Internet giant’s monopolistic dominance, a remedy that the public interest group proposed more than four years ago. The Financial...
Blog Post
11/17/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson

How is a consumer supposed to know if an online company is actually following the practices and keeping the promises that it outlines in its all-too-often almost incomprehensible privacy policy? Assuming you do read and understand it, most of us don’t have the...
Blog Post
11/14/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson

Internet giant Google is so rapidly expanding both its data collecting and its political clout that it may become too powerful to be held accountable, according to a new study by our friends at Public Citizen. The 69-page report from the public interest group, titled...
News Release
11/13/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson

SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Privacy Protection Principles just released by two automakers’ trade associations do little to protect consumers’ sensitive data that is increasingly collected by modern cars and trucks, Consumer Watchdog said today....
News Release
11/10/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson

SANTA MONICA, CA – NASA’s just announced lease agreement with a Google subsidiary to manage Moffett Federal Airfield wrongly rewards the Internet giant’s executives for longstanding abuses at Ames Research Center, Consumer Watchdog said. NASA claimed...
News Release
10/30/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson

WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog and the Public Patent Foundation today asked the U.S Supreme Court to overturn a lower court’s decision and allow the two public interest groups to seek the cancellation of a patent on human embryonic stem cells held by...
News Release
10/20/2014
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
10/11/2014
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
10/9/2014
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...