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Consumer Group Says White House Is Too Friendly With Google

Friday, June 24, 2011

Frequent Google critic Consumer Watchdog wrote to the White House Counsel on Friday arguing that President Obama and other administration officials must distance themselves from Google during pending federal investigations of the search giant.

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Consumer Group: Google CEO Not Good For Commerce Post

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Frequent Google critic Consumer Watchdog sent a letter to the White House on Thursday blasting reports that outgoing Google chief executive Eric Schmidt is being considered to replace Commerce Secretary Gary Locke.

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Google Reaches Agreement With Connecticut AG Over Wi-Spy

Sunday, January 30, 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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Issa Urged to Probe Google’s ‘Cozy’ Relationship with Obama Administration

Monday, January 24, 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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Times Square Video Pokes Google On Privacy

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Consumer Watchdog has launched a 540-square-foot animated advertisement that mocks Google’s privacy practices by depicting Google chief executive Eric Schmidt using an ice cream truck to steal secret information from children.

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Update: Consumer Watchdog Will Testify at Thursday Web 2.0 Hearing

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The House Oversight Committee’s Subcommittee on Information Policy has reversed itself and invited John Simpson of Consumer Watchdog to testify at Thursday’s hearing on federal agencies’ use of Web 2.0 technologies. The invitation to Simpson is dated Tuesday, one day after a subcommittee staff member informed Republican lawmakers that the hearing would feature only one panel of all government witnesses. Simpson is the lead advocate on Consumer Watchdog’s Google Privacy and Accountability Project and has been a harsh critic of the search giant in the past. He was also the only witness requested by Republican lawmakers.

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Watchdog Says Google Has ‘Microsoft-like Monopoly’ in Key Web Areas

Monday, June 7, 2010

“Google claims that its search is neutral,” said John M. Simpson of Consumer Watchdog. “This study shows that it’s not and demonstrates the damaging impact Google’s unfair practices have had on competitors.”

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