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12/18/2014
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Consumer Watchdog has raised concerns over a California HIE and potential patient privacy concerns. When implementing a new electronic health record (EHR), patient privacy and security issues should be a top priority for healthcare organizations. For example,...
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12/17/2014
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A prominent consumer group is calling on customers of two leading health insurers to boycott a vast new database of patient medical records until privacy concerns are addressed. At issue is the California Integrated Data Exchange, or Cal Index, backed by $80 million...
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12/16/2014
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December 16, 2014--Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog on Monday released a report warning that oil industry officials plan to use “artificially inflated” gas prices, bogus refinery slowdowns and other tactics in a bid to derail the state’s new...
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12/16/2014
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WASHINGTON (Dec. 16, 2014) — Auto makers’ formal pledge to protect the privacy of consumers is inadequate for that purpose, according to the Auto Care Association (ACA) and advocacy group Consumer Watchdog. The Alliance of American Manufacturers (AAM) and...
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12/15/2014
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OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) - Jonathan Bloom Reporting.   California's political leaders came to Oakland on Monday for a summit on climate change. And with new rules taking effect Jan. 1, some say the biggest battle right now is information versus misinformation....
News Story
12/11/2014
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The first life that California's stem cell research funding agency saves may be its own. With the clock ticking 10 years and $2.2 billion into an as-yet-unfulfilled quest for new cures, the San Francisco-based California Institute of Regenerative Medicine is...
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12/11/2014
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If an avalanche of citizen initiatives morphs the 2016 ballot pamphlet into an encyclopedia-size volume, blame it on California’s growing legion of nonvoters. November’s record-low turnout means it will be easier than ever to qualify a voter initiative for...
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12/9/2014
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In many ways, it was a typical social media marketing campaign featuring user-generated content — only this promotion involved a brand popular with children. Earlier this year, the company behind Ring Pop, a jewel-shaped sucking candy on a plastic ring, ran a...
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12/9/2014
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A coalition of consumer and children's organizations has asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Topps candy and trading card company, which is owned by Michael Eisner, for allegedly violating the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act Rule,...
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12/5/2014
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Since a Court of Justice ruling in May, Europeans have had the right to ask Internet search engines like Google to remove links from their name to information that is inadequate, irrelevant, no longer relevant or excessive. Popularly, this has been dubbed the “...