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4/16/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson

The CEO of Europe's largest newspaper publishing company is charging that Google is seeking to build a "digital superstate" free from the constraints of antitrust regulators and privacy concerns. In an open letter to the Internet giant's Chairman...
Blog Post
4/11/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson

From time to time it's instructive to look at an online company's Terms of Service (TOS) so you understand what you're agreeing to when you use it.  A look at Google's TOS is particularly timely because the Internet giant's legal beagles have...
Blog Post
4/9/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson

Perhaps you've heard of Google's latest outrageous gambit. The Internet giant is fighting to trademark the word "Glass."   Google Glass is the company's wearable and privacy-invasive computing device.  It's in beta mode, being...
News Release
4/1/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson

SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog has told the White House Team studying the Obama Administration’s policy towards “Big Data” that “people must be able to know what information is gathered about them, how long it is kept and for what...
Blog Post
3/27/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson

You'll recall I sent letters to the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission on Monday urging that they block the proposed $45 billion Comcast- Time Warner deal.  Today -- only three days later -- I was pleasantly surprised to receive a...
Blog Post
3/27/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson

A class action suit on behalf of as many as 168,500 patients of Los Angeles County medical facilities has been been filed against Sutherland Healthcare Solutions because of a breach their medical records. Sutherland handles billing and collections for the county's...
News Release
3/26/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson

SANTA MONICA, CA – A proposed settlement in Europe’s antitrust investigation of Google that establishes a monitor for five years to ensure that the Internet giant keeps its promises under the deal, does not actually obligate Google to do anything in...
News Release
3/24/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson

WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog today called on the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission to reject the proposed $45 billion merger of Comcast and Time Warner because the deal “violates antitrust laws and is not in the...
News Release
3/18/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson

SAN FRANCISCO, CA-- A federal magistrate has denied a motion from Google in the Wi-Spy class action suit that plaintiffs said wrongfully would have blocked lawyers’ access to data Google’s Street View cars gathered from private Wi-Fi Networks. Instead of...
Blog Post
3/14/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson

Google's hypocrisy reached new heights in the latest filing by its attorneys in a class action suit in which the Internet giant is charged with violating wiretap laws when it reads the contents of email messages on its Gmail service. You'll recall that twenty...