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Group Critical of Google’s Government Relationship

By , KGO-TV ABC (SAN FRANCISCO, CA)

24. January 2011

A consumer advocacy group is calling for a congressional investigation into what it says is Google’s “cozy relationship” with the federal government, specifically, the Obama administration. At issue is Google’s use of Moffett Field, owned and operated by NASA, which is just a few miles away from Google headquarters in Mountain View.

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Google’s Close Ties With Obama Administration Reap Rewards, Consumer Group Alleges

By , NEWSMAX.COM

24. January 2011

A consumer group is calling for a congressional investigation into allegations that Internet giant Google turned close ties to the Obama administration into corporate benefits. The group, Consumer Watchdog, alleges in a 32-page report that Google has used its connections to gain “unique access” to the government’s Moffett Field located near Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.

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Consumer Watchdog Calls for Investigation of Google

By , NETWORKWORLD

24. January 2011

Consumer Watchdog, an advocacy group largely focused in recent years on Google’s privacy practices, has called on a congressional investigation into the Internet giant’s “cozy” relationship with U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration.

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Issa Urged to Probe Google’s ‘Cozy’ Relationship with Obama Administration

By , THEHILL.COM

24. January 2011

Google’s close relationship with the Obama administration has allowed the search giant inappropriate benefits such as access to a NASA airfield and lowered scrutiny on its private practices, according to a new report from Consumer Watchdog.

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Group Urges Congress To Investigate Google’s Relationship With Government Agencies

By , NATIONAL JOURNAL TECH DAILY DOSE

24. January 2011

A new report by Consumer Watchdog accuses the Obama administration of having an inappropriately close relationship with Google, allowing the company to escape scrutiny.

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Google Critic Calls for Probe

By , POLITICO

24. January 2011

One of Google’s biggest critics is now urging new House Republican leaders to investigate the search giant’s ties to the Obama administration. The request Monday comes from Consumer Watchdog, which is asking Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) to wield his “subpoena power if necessary” to bring soon-departing Google CEO Eric Schmidt before his oversight committee this year. The group hopes Issa will investigate “several areas where we believe Google has inappropriately benefited from close ties to the administration.”

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Consumer Watchdog Sends Issa’s Oversight Committee Google Report Showing Inappropriate Relationship With Obama Administration

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24. January 2011

Consumer Watchdog Sends Issa’s Oversight Committee Google Report Showing Inappropriate Relationship With Obama Administration

SANTA MONICA, CA — Consumer Watchdog today sent Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) a 32-page report detailing how Google has inappropriately, benefited from its close ties to the Obama Administration, including how NASA’s Moffett Airfield, near Google’s world headquarters, has been turned into a taxpayer-subsidized private airport for Google executives used for corporate junkets.

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Google CEO Surprise: Larry Page Replacing Eric Schmidt

By , William M. Welch, Jefferson Graham + Jon Swartz, USA TODAY

21. January 2011

John Simpson, spokesman for non-profit advocacy group Consumer Watchdog, says Schmidt “has put his foot so far in his mouth, so frequently, about privacy that it got him kicked upstairs.” Adds Simpson: “Larry Page stepping in as CEO is a great step, if he remembers where he came from and what the company stood for when he co-founded it.”

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Schmidt Out Of Google’s CEO Office, But Is Privacy In?

20. January 2011

Schmidt Out Of Google’s CEO Office, But Is Privacy In?

Google CEO Eric Schmidt will be leaving the CEO’s office and founder Larry Page will be stepping in. The question is whether this is a signal from the Internet Goliath that Schmidt’s missteps and misstatements about online privacy are no longer company policy.

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Consumer Watchdog Welcomes Larry Page As Google’s CEO

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20. January 2011

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Consumer Watchdog Welcomes Larry Page As Google’s CEO

SANTA MONICA, CA — Consumer Watchdog today welcomed the announcement that Co-Founder Larry Page will become chief executive officer of the Internet giant and expressed optimism that the changes at the top mean Google will return to the values of its founders.

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Google’s CEO Switch Could Be a Risky Move

By , COMPUTERWORLD

20. January 2011

Consumer Watchdog, an organization that has been critical of Google’s privacy policies and missteps, said it welcomes the CEO change. “Eric Schmidt has put his foot in his mouth so far on key issues like privacy that he’s kicked himself out of the CEO’s office,” said John M. Simpson, director of Consumer Watchdog’s Inside Google Project, in a statement.

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Stearns Plans to Introduce Privacy Bill

By , NATIONAL JOURNAL - TECH DAILY DOSE

14. January 2011

Consumer Watchdog’s John Simpson said that Stearns’s effort “shows that protecting online privacy is a bipartisan issue that resonates on both sides of the aisle. Privacy may be one of the areas where Congress can get something done this session.”

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Google Faces Legal Woes Worldwide

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14. January 2011

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Google Faces Legal Woes Worldwide

It’s been a tough week for Google as it faced legal challenges from around the world, the most prominent being that Department of Justice antitrust staff is preparing for the possibility of a suit to block the Internet giant’s acquisition of ITA.

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