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Google Spent More on Lobbyists in 2010 Than Yahoo, Facebook & Apple Combined

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31. January 2011

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Google’s increasing monetary dedication to influencing policy decisions worries some privacy advocates who oppose the company’s policies. “It’s a huge increase and shows that Google has become a high-stakes influence peddler throwing its weight around Washington like the rest of corporate America,” says John Simpson, a privacy advocate with Consumer Watchdog, a group that regularly opposes Google’s decisions.

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Google Won’t Be Taken To Court Over Data Gather

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31. January 2011

Consumer Watchdog, a group which has been highly critical of Google’s privacy practices, condemned the agreement to settle the issue through negotiations and called for congressional hearings on the subject.

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Consumer Watchdog Calls On Google To End Secrecy As Lobbying Hits $5.2 Million

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31. January 2011

Consumer Watchdog Calls On Google To End Secrecy As Lobbying Hits $5.2 Million

SANTA MONICA, CA — Consumer Watchdog today called on Google to end the secrecy surrounding its lobbying efforts in Washington after the Internet giant refused to release an 89-page presentation it is showing to policymakers and regulators in the nation’s capital. The call came as the Internet giant’s lobbying spending soared to $5.2 million in 2010 from $4.03 million in 2009.

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Google Reaches Agreement With Connecticut AG Over Wi-Spy

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30. January 2011

Frequent Google critic Consumer Watchdog blasted the announcement and repeated its call for outgoing Google CEO Eric Schmidt to explain the incident to lawmakers. “The details of the biggest privacy breach in history shouldn’t be settled in secret,” said John Simpson, director of Consumer Watchdog’s Inside Google Project. “This makes it clear why Google CEO Eric Schmidt needs to testify under oath before Congress about Wi-Spy.”

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Google to Settle State ‘Wi-Spy’ Spat Out of Court

By , THE REGISTER UK

29. January 2011

Consumer Watchdog decried today’s agreement between Google and the state. “The details of the biggest privacy breach in history shouldn’t be settled in secret,” said John M. Simpson, director of Consumer Watchdog’s Inside Google Project. “This makes it clear why Google CEO Eric Schmidt needs to testify under oath before Congress about Wi-Spy.”

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NASA Accused of Favoritism at Moffett

By , MOUNTAIN VIEW VOICE (BAY AREA, CA)

28. January 2011

The advocacy group Consumer Watchdog has issued a report criticizing Mountain View-based Google’s “cozy” relationship with the federal government, using the controversial deal for “AirGoogle” to use Moffett as the most visible example, and calling out NASA for playing favorites with Google on Moffett’s airfield.

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Connecticut AG’s Wi-Spy Deal With Google Shows Need for Congressional Hearings, Consumer Watchdog Says

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28. January 2011

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Connecticut AG’s Wi-Spy Deal With Google Shows Need for Congressional Hearings, Consumer Watchdog Says

SANTA MONICA, CA — Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen’s deal with Google announced today makes it clear that Congressional hearings will be necessary if the American public is to understand fully what happened in the Wi-Spy scandal, Consumer Watchdog said.

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Neither Sleet Nor Snow Stops Video Van

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28. January 2011

Neither Sleet Nor Snow Stops Video Van

Despite a six-hour commute home on what should have been a 20 minute drive after Wednesday’s snowstorm, our mobile ad truck braved the streets again in this morning’s flurries so “Mr. Schmidt Goes to Washington” could crash a “World Privacy Day” event at Google’s lobby shop in DC.

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Consumer Critic Dings Outgoing Google CEO in Carton Video

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27. January 2011

A consumer advocacy group has hired a van to drive around the streets of Washington D.C. playing an animated cartoon lampooning Google’s outgoing CEO Eric Schmidt for previous statements he’s made concerning Internet privacy.

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Consumer Watchdog Blasts Google’s Schmidt

By , REDORBIT.COM TECH NEWS

27. January 2011

Consumer Watchdog receives no funding from Microsoft or any other competitor of Google, John Simpson, consumer advocate with the group, told PC World. “We don’t have any relationship with Microsoft at all … We don’t take any of their money,” he said. Simpson said the group has decided to focus on Google’s privacy practices because the company’s services serve as a gateway to the Internet for many people. If the group can push Google, “without a doubt the dominant Internet company,” to change its privacy practices, other companies will follow suit, he said.

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Consumer Watchdog Portrays Schmidt As Lunatic Senate Witness

By , HILLICON VALLEY BLOG - THEHILL.COM

26. January 2011

As Eric Schmidt plans his transition from Google’s chief executive into a role has a greater focus on government outreach, ardent Google critic and privacy advocate Consumer Watchdog has found a not-so-friendly way to welcome him to Washington.

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New Consumer Watchdog Animation “Mr. Schmidt Goes to Washington” Goes Street View With Mobile Advertising Van in DC To Call For Google Hearings

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26. January 2011

New Consumer Watchdog Animation “Mr. Schmidt Goes to Washington” Goes Street View With Mobile Advertising Van in DC To Call For Google Hearings

WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog’s new animated satire, “Mr. Schmidt Goes to Washington,” debuted today on the streets of Washington, DC, to make the case for why Congress should call Google CEO Eric Schmidt to testify under oath about the Wi-Spy scandal and other online privacy issues. The group also said the company’s close relationship with the US government should be probed.

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The Circuit: Consumer Watchdog Asks for Google Probe

By , POST TECH - WASHINGTON POST TECH BLOG

25. January 2011

Consumer Watchdog sent a report to Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, asking for a probe into the relationship between the Obama administration and Google.

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