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SACRAMENTO, CA – Consumer Watchdog today strongly endorsed the California Department of Motor Vehicles’ draft regulations for autonomous vehicles that require self-driving robot cars have a licensed driver behind the wheel capable of taking control, and a...
Google’s 2015 Spending On Lobbying Tops $16 Million For Second Year, Leading 16 Tech And Communications Companies; Facebook, Amazon, Apple Post Records
SANTA MONICA, CA – Google’s federal lobbying expenses in 2015 topped $16 million for the second year in a row, according to records just filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives and analyzed today by Consumer Watchdog. Consumer Watchdog, a...
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog joined a coalition of 59 groups calling on the Federal Communications Commission today to begin a rulemaking to protect consumers’ privacy and become a “brawnier cop on the beat focusing on broadband providers....
Google’s Own Robot Car “Disengagement” Report Shows Need For Driver Behind Wheel, Consumer Watchdog Says; Group Calls for Release of Videos Of Incidents
SANTA MONICA, CA – Google’s just released report detailing when human drivers took control of a self-driving robot car being tested underscores the need – as required by California DMV draft regulations – for a driver behind a steering wheel of...
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumers and regulators should not be fooled by the autonomous vehicle hype coming out of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Consumer Watchdog warned today. “Robot car advocates are putting a glitzy spin on their ‘...
Consumer Watchdog Joins Coalition Opposing Data Security Bill That Would Weaken Consumer Protections
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today joined a coalition of 17 consumer and privacy groups in opposing the Data Security Act of 2015 because the measure would “weaken consumer protections in a number of ways, and eliminate protections altogether for...
SANTA MONICA, CA – Self-driving robot cars are not ready for public use and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) must not rush to implement regulations covering the vehicles as it updates its policy on automated vehicle technologies,...
Airbnb Policy To Release Anonymized Data About Its Users Strikes Correct Balance Between Privacy Protections And Enforcement Needs, Consumer Watchdog Says
SANTA MONICA, CA – Airbnb’s release of anonymized data about people who use its site to rent their property “will give New York City the necessary information to craft needed regulations and to enforce them” while still protecting privacy,...
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) to put the safety of drivers and other vehicles first as it revises its two-year-old policy on self-driving vehicles. NHTSA last issued guidance on...
Consumer Watchdog Urges California DMV To Ignore Google’s Pressure, Continue Deliberate Pace To Act In Public Interest On Writing Robot Car Regulations
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on the California Department of Motor Vehicles to rebuff pressure from Google and continue at a deliberate pace to ensure regulations covering robot cars protect public safety. “Google may have its foot on...