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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...
Consumer Watchdog Calls On FCC Not To Back Down From Regulating Google And Other “Edge Provider” Connections To Internet In Wake Of Lobbying By Internet Giant
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...
FCC Should Prohibit DIRECTV's Anti-Consumer Practices By Freezing Rates and Banning Excessive Fees, Or Block $49 Billion AT&T Merger
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...
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...
Google Right To Be Forgotten Report Self-Serving Publicity Stunt, Consumer Watchdog Says; Group Says Privacy Right Should Be Adapted For United States, Not Just Europe
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...
FCC Chairman Wheeler Follows Consumer Watchdog’s Call, Includes Key Consumer And Privacy Protections In Plan For Open Internet And Regulation Like Public Utility
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...
Consumer Watchdog Calls On FCC To Ensure Consumer And Privacy Protections Are Maintained When Commission Issues New ‘Net Neutrality Rules
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...
Verizon’s “Supercookies” Demonstrate Need For FCC To Ensure Privacy Protections Are Maintained When It Issues New ‘Net Neutrality Rules, Consumer Watchdog Says
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...
Google Spends Record $16.83 Million On 2014 Lobbying, Topping 15 Tech And Communications Companies; Facebook, Amazon, Apple Also Post Records
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...
Consumer Watchdog Welcomes Death Of Google Glass, Says Internet Giant Should Not Offer “Glass 2.0” Until Privacy Issues Are Solved
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....