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SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog welcomed a ruling today by the Court of Justice of the European Union that invalidates the 15-year-old “Safe Harbor” deal that allowed Europeans’ personal information to be sent to the United States. The...
The Court of Justice of the European Union will rule Tuesday on the validity of the U.S.-European Union “Safe Harbor” deal covering how Europeans’ personal data can be transferred across the Atlantic by Internet giants like Google and Facebook. Many...
Consumer Watchdog Petitions California DMV To Amend Driverless Car Testing Rules To Require Police To Investigate Accidents; Companies To Provide Video, Tech Data
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today formally petitioned the California Department of Motor Vehicles to amend its driverless car testing regulations to require that police investigate any accidents involving robot cars. In addition the public interest group...
Many of us worry that companies with an abundance of cash and a willingness to use it can unfairly influence elections and politicians. Google — or do we call it Alphabet these days — has demonstrated a willingness to throw around big bucks to achieve...
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on the California Department of Motor Vehicles to amend its Autonomous Vehicle Regulation to require that police investigate any crashes of robot cars being tested on public roads. In addition the DMV should...
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on the U.S. Department of Justice to block the proposed $1.3 billion merger of online travel agents Expedia and Orbitz “to maintain vital competition that ensures fair prices for consumers.” “The...
Google’s New Corporate Structure Changes Nothing About Company’s Impact On Consumers’ Privacy; It’s Still The Internet Giant, Consumer Watchdog Says
SANTA MONICA, CA – Google’s announcement today that it is creating a new holding company called “Alphabet” changes nothing about the company’s impact and challenges it poses for consumers, the nonprofit public interest group Consumer...
Ad Association Misses The Point Of Right To Be Forgotten, Says Consumer Watchdog; Public Interest Group Says Consumer Privacy Protections Are Not Censorship
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 (...
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...
U.S. Public Interest Group Warns European Commission About Apple’s Dominance of Streaming Music; Calls For Limiting Apple Tactics To Drive Out ‘Freemium’ Music
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)...