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SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) to put the safety of drivers and other vehicles first as it revises its two-year-old policy on self-driving vehicles. NHTSA last issued guidance on...
Consumer Watchdog Urges California DMV To Ignore Google’s Pressure, Continue Deliberate Pace To Act In Public Interest On Writing Robot Car Regulations
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on the California Department of Motor Vehicles to rebuff pressure from Google and continue at a deliberate pace to ensure regulations covering robot cars protect public safety. “Google may have its foot on...
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog and the Consumer Federation of California today joined in calling on Sen. Barbara Boxer to ensure that the highway bill now before Congress protects consumers and their safety. The highway bill, known as The Drive Act, has...
One thing is for certain when it comes to the Internet giant, whether you now refer to it as Alphabet or still call it Google. The folks from Mountain View are adept at spouting self-serving spin. Here's the latest example. A traffic cop stopped one of the...
Consumer Watchdog Vows To Press Case For Online Privacy At Google and Facebook After FCC Rejects Petition For Rules Covering Largest Online Companies
SANTA MONICA, CA – In the wake of the Federation Communication Commission’s denial of its petition seeking online privacy protections at online companies like Google and Facebook, Consumer Watchdog today vowed to press state regulators, Congress and the...
Google Trims 3rd Quarter Lobbying To $3.65 Million But Still Leads 16 Tech Firms; Oracle, Amazon Outlays Soar As Facebook Posts 3rd Quarter Record $2.59 Million
SANTA MONICA, CA – Google trimmed its 2015 third-quarter federal lobbying spending 7 percent to $3.65 million from $3.94 million in the comparable 2014 period, but still led lobbying expenditures among 16 technology and communications companies tracked by...
Three federal lawmakers have criticized an Internet standards setting organization’s proposed Do Not Track standard because they say it gives an unfair advantage to some companies and allows them to continue online tracking. The World Wide Web Consortium (...
Californians won a major privacy victory Thursday that catches protections up with modern technology. Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 178, the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act (CalECPA), into law. It will require that law enforcement get a warrant...
California DMV Will Post Autonomous Vehicle Accident Reports On Its Website; Move Comes After Suggestion From Consumer Watchdog, But More Action Needed
SANTA MONICA, CA – The California Department of Motor Vehicles today said it will now post all autonomous vehicle accident reports on its website. The move comes after Consumer Watchdog recently suggested to the DMV that it make the required reports easily...
A number of San Franciscans have inquired about Consumer Watchdog’s position on Proposition F, which San Francisco voters will consider at the polls this November. We oppose the measure because it raises serious privacy concerns. While on its surface the...