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News Release
6/30/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson

SANTA MONICA, CA – A 2012 secret experiment in which Facebook manipulated users’ news feed to see whether certain kinds of content made users happy or sad, violated basic research ethics, Consumer Watchdog said today. Results of the experiment, which also...
Blog Post
6/26/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson

Google today began removing some search results in Europe under the recently court-upheld “right to be forgotten.”  The Internet giant should offer U.S. users the same basic right to privacy. In May the European Court of Justice ruled that a person...
Blog Post
6/19/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson

People aren’t buying the bafflegab being spouted by mega moguls claiming that the $45.2 billion merger of cable TV giants Comcast and Time Warner Cable would benefit consumers. A whopping 56 percent of American oppose the deal, while only 11 percent say they...
Blog Post
6/18/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson

Remember Geordi La Forge?  He's the fictional character in Star Trek: The Next Generation who was portrayed by LeVar Burton.  Blind from birth, the helmsman of the USS Enterprise-D  wore a "VISOR" (Visual Instrument and Sensory Organ...
Blog Post
6/17/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson

The prestigious American Antitrust Institute is opposing the $45 billion Comcast-Time Warner mega merger because it raises potentially serious problems for competition and consumers. We at Consumer Watchdog have already stated our opposition to the deal to both the U....
Blog Post
6/17/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson

Consumer Watchdog has joined the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and 25 other  organizations in telling President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder not to seek re-authorization of the National Security Agency's bulk telephone record...
Blog Post
6/16/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson

Google's latest planned acquisition will will take the Internet giant's ability to spy on us and gather information about our activities to new heights -- literally. Last week Google said it would buy Skybox Imaging for $500 million, chump change for a...
News Release
6/10/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson

SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today warned the California Department of Motor Vehicles not to succumb to pressure from Google and others with a vested interest in developing “driverless cars” to rush to adopt regulations for the public use of...
News Release
5/13/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson

SANTA MONICA, -- Consumer Watchdog today praised the highest European court’s ruling that people have a “right to be forgotten” and can have online search results linking to outdated, irrelevant information removed. “This is a substantial...
News Release
5/12/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson

SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today filed a formal complaint asking the New York Joint Commission On Public Ethics to remove Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt from the state’s Smart Schools Commission because of conflicts of interest that...