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Blog Post
8/21/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson

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...
News Release
8/20/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson

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...
News Release
8/10/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson

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...
News Release
8/10/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson

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...
News Release
7/31/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson

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 (...
Blog Post
7/29/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson

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...
News Release
7/27/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson

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)...
News Release
7/21/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson

SANTA MONICA, CA -- The nonprofit group Consumer Watchdog today wrote the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Justice Department asking them to investigate tactics reportedly used by Apple to drive out “freemium” (commercial sponsored) streaming music...
News Release
7/20/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson

WASHINGTON, DC – Google trimmed its spending on lobbying in the second quarter by 13 percent to $4.62 million, according to disclosure forms filed today with the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, but still significantly outspent other tech giants....
News Release
7/15/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson

SANTA MONICA, CA – The father of a California woman whose family name remains linked in Internet search results to graphic leaked police photos of her fatal car crash, today joined Consumer Watchdog in calling for the “Right To Be Forgotten” to be...