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News Release
2/27/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson

SANTA MONICA, CA – The proposed Privacy Bill of Rights Act released by the White House today fails to adequately protect consumer privacy and allows industry to dominate making the rules that would govern corporate behavior, Consumer Watchdog said. “The...
News Release
2/25/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson

SANTA MONICA, CA – The Federal Communication Commission should protect consumer privacy and regulate connections between the Internet and so-called “edge providers,” like Google, when the agency begins regulating broadband service like a public...
News Release
2/25/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson

Los Angeles, CA – Consumer Watchdog today urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reject AT&T’s proposed purchase of the satellite television company DIRECTV unless the company agrees to eliminate DIRECTV’s anti-consumer policy of...
News Release
2/13/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson

SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today called on President Obama to back mandatory encryption of sensitive data like health records to prevent damaging data breaches like the Anthem Inc. hack that compromised the records of 80 million people. The nonprofit...
News Release
2/6/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson

SANTA MONICA, CA – A Google-commissioned report advising that the Internet giant implement the right to be forgotten only in Europe is little more than a self-serving publicity stunt, Consumer Watchdog said today, adding that the important privacy protection...
News Release
2/5/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson

SANTA MONICA, CA – Answering Consumer Watchdog’s call, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is invoking key sections of the Communications Act that will provide the basis for vital consumer and privacy protections in his plan to reclassify broadband service and...
News Release
1/26/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson

SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on the Federal Communications Commission to ensure that vital privacy and consumer protections are in place when it issues new ‘net neutrality rules, probably next month. The FCC is widely expected to...
News Release
1/26/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson

SANTA MONICA, CA – Verizon’s use of “Supercookies” underscores the need for the Federal Communications Commission to maintain privacy and consumer protections as it reclassifies broadband companies such as Verizon as common carriers in order to...
News Release
1/21/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson

SANTA MONICA, CA – Google spent a record $16.83 million on lobbying in its efforts to influence federal regulators and lawmakers in 2014, just ahead of Comcast’s reported $16.80 million, according to records filed with the Clerk of the House and analyzed...
News Release
1/15/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson

SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today welcomed Google’s announcement that it would stop selling Google Glass, its privacy invasive wearable computing device and said the Internet giant should not offer a new version until privacy issues are solved....