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Google Continues To Lead Pack In Federal Lobbying Expenditures As Most Tech Firms Cut Outlays; Amazon, Oracle Set New Records In Second Quarter Spending
WASHINGTON -- Google trimmed its spending on federal lobbying in the second quarter of 2016 by 8.2 percent from the year before to $4.24 million, according to disclosure forms just filed with the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, but still significantly...
Auto Safety Advocates Tell Obama To Stop Rush To Get Self-Driving Cars On Road; Pull Back Autonomous Vehicle Technology ‘Guidance’ Expected Next Week
SANTA MONICA, CA – A coalition of auto safety advocates today called on President Obama to stop his “administration’s undue haste to get autonomous vehicle technology to the road” until enforceable safety standards are in place. They said...
Consumer Watchdog Calls On Elon Musk To Disable Tesla’s Autopilot; Says Company Must Pledge To Be Liable For Self-Driving Failures If Feature Returns
Santa Monica, CA – In the wake of a fatal crash in Florida Consumer Watchdog called on Tesla Chairman and CEO Elon Musk to disable his car’s “autopilot” feature until it is shown to be safe and said if it is offered in the future Tesla must...
Consumer Watchdog Opposes California Sen. Hueso’s Bill That Would Limit Criticism Of Shady Business Practices
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today opposed SB 726, a California Senate Bill that would curtail the ability for critics to speak out against questionable business practices. The bill was introduced as gut and amend legislation by Sen. Ben Hueso. The...
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today said it opposes a proposed Los Angeles City ordinance that would require home sharing platforms like Airbnb to turn over massive amounts of personal information to the city on a monthly basis, because it would violate...
Washington D.C.—The “Privacy Best Practice Recommendations for Commercial Facial Recognition Use” that have finally emerged from the multistakeholder process convened by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) are not...
Consumers Win Big On Internet Neutrality Court Ruling, Consumer Watchdog Says; Now Federal Communications Commission Must Tackle Privacy Regulations
SANTA MONICA, CA – Today’s federal appeals court ruling upholding the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules and saying broadband internet access providers can be regulated like telephone companies is a big win for consumers,...
FCC’s Set-top Box Plan Would Increase Competition And Cut Costs, But Should Not Be Enacted Unless Pandora’s Box Of Privacy Issues Are Solved, Consumer Watchdog Says
SANTA MONICA, CA – The Federal Communications Commission’s plan to open the set-top box market to competition offers savings to consumers, but should not be enacted unless a Pandora’s box of privacy issues are resolved with robust privacy protection...
Consumer Watchdog Calls On Top US Transportation Chiefs Not To Work For Self-Driving Car Industry; Four Former NHTSA Officials Now Lobby For Robot Carmakers
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind to “slam the revolving door” with the robot car industry shut with a written commitment that they will not work as an...
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Consumer Watchdog today joined a coalition of a dozen consumer groups in supporting the Federal Communications Commission’s effort to implement privacy regulations covering broadband Internet access providers. The coalition backed the FCC...