Author Archives | John M. Simpson

Google Spent $3.82 Million Lobbying In First Quarter As Internet Giant Is Top Spender Among 15 Tech, Telecommunication Firms; Comcast Spends $3.09 Million On Influence

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Google Spent $3.82 Million Lobbying In First Quarter As Internet Giant Is Top Spender Among 15 Tech, Telecommunication Firms; Comcast Spends $3.09 Million On Influence

WASHINGTON, DC – Google spent $3.82 million lobbying federal lawmakers and regulators during the first quarter of 2014, making it the top spender among 15 top technology and telecommunications companies, according to an analysis of lobbying disclosure forms Consumer Watchdog said today.

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Proposed European Antitrust Settlement Allows Google To Ignore Requests From Monitor, Consumer Watchdog Says

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Proposed European Antitrust Settlement Allows Google To Ignore Requests From Monitor, Consumer Watchdog Says

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 response to a request from the “Monitoring Trustee,” Consumer Watchdog said today and called for the “deeply flawed” proposed settlement to be modified.

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Magistrate Denies Google Motion Blocking Lawyers’ Access To Wi-Spy Data

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Magistrate Denies Google Motion Blocking Lawyers’ Access To Wi-Spy Data

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.

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Consumer Watchdog Calls On Texas AG To Press Antitrust Case Against Google

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Consumer Watchdog Calls On Texas AG To Press Antitrust Case Against Google

SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today urged Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott to press forward with an antitrust case against Google for unfairly manipulating search results favoring its own services damaging both competitors and consumers.

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Giving Google Control Of Moffett Field Wrongly Rewards Execs’ Longstanding Abuse

Monday, February 10, 2014

Giving Google Control Of Moffett Field Wrongly Rewards Execs’ Longstanding Abuse

SANTA MONICA, CA. — Giving a Google corporate subsidiary control of Moffett Field, as announced today by the General Services Administration and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, wrongly rewards the Internet giant’s executives for longstanding abuses at Ames Research Center, Consumer Watchdog said.

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Consumer Watchdog Objects To EU Commissioners About Proposed Google Settlement

Monday, February 10, 2014

Consumer Watchdog Objects To EU Commissioners About Proposed Google Settlement

SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog, a U.S. public interest group, has objected to the European Union’s College of Commissioners over the antitrust settlement deal with Google that was announced last week by the Commissioner for Competition, Vice President Joaquin Almunia, the group said today.

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EU Settlement With Google Unacceptable Consumer Watchdog Says; Group Calls for Release Of Newest Commitment Document Offered To Competition Commissioner

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

EU Settlement With Google Unacceptable Consumer Watchdog Says; Group Calls for Release Of Newest Commitment Document Offered To Competition Commissioner

SANTA MONICA, CA – The settlement to end the European antitrust investigation of Google described today by Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia is unacceptable, Consumer Watchdog said and the group added that Google’s third Commitment document must be made public.

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Google Leads Pack As 10 Tech Firms Pump $61.15 Million Into 2013 Lobbying Efforts

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Google Leads Pack As 10 Tech Firms Pump $61.15 Million Into 2013 Lobbying Efforts

SANTA MONICA, CA – Google led in lobbying spending by ten tech firms who pumped a combined $61.15 million into efforts to influence federal regulators and lawmakers in 2013, up 15.9 percent from a combined total of $52.78 million, according to records filed with the Clerk of the House this week.

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Google’s Social Network Relies On Unfair Practice, Consumer Watchdog Tells FTC; Public Interest Group Also Says New Gmail Link Would Violate ‘Buzz’ Agreement

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Google’s Social Network Relies On Unfair Practice, Consumer Watchdog Tells FTC; Public Interest Group Also Says New Gmail Link Would Violate ‘Buzz’ Agreement

SANTA MONICA, CA – Google’s social network, Google+, relies on a flagrant and fundamental privacy design flaw that is an unfair business practice, Consumer Watchdog said today in a formal complaint to the Federal Trade Commission.

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Google+ Shuts Online Predators’ Accounts In Response to Consumer Watchdog Letter, But Key Privacy Design Flaw Remains And Must Be Fixed, Public Interest Group Says

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Google+ Shuts Online Predators’ Accounts In Response to Consumer Watchdog Letter, But Key Privacy Design Flaw Remains And Must Be Fixed, Public Interest Group Says

SANTA MONICA, CA – Google has cleaned up its social network shutting down some accounts of apparent online predators and eliminating explicit sexual content in apparent response to a complaint from Consumer Watchdog, but the Internet giant’s Google+ still has a privacy design flaw that must be fixed, the public interest group said today.

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Google’s Social Network Is Playground For Online Predators, Explicit Sexual Content, Tech Whistleblower Finds; Consumer Watchdog Says Google Must Police Google+

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Google’s Social Network Is Playground For Online Predators, Explicit Sexual Content, Tech Whistleblower Finds; Consumer Watchdog Says Google Must Police Google+

SANTA MONICA, CA — Google has allowed its social network to become a virtual playground for online predators and explicit sexual content, a seven-month study by a tech industry whistleblower has found, and Consumer Watchdog today called on the Internet giant “to take immediate action to police and clean up your social network, Google+.”

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Consumer Watchdog Calls On NASA To Evict Google Executives’ Planes After Inspector General Finds Improper Fuel Deal Netted Savings Up To $5.3 Million

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Consumer Watchdog Calls On NASA To Evict Google Executives’ Planes After Inspector General Finds Improper Fuel Deal Netted Savings Up To $5.3 Million

SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on NASA to evict a fleet of planes owned by Google’s billionaire top executives from Ames Research Center after an audit by the agency’s Inspector General found they received an unwarranted discount worth up to $5.3 million on jet fuel purchased from the government.

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Consumer Watchdog Complains To FTC About Deception In Google Shopping Results

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Consumer Watchdog Complains To FTC About Deception In Google Shopping Results

WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog has filed a formal complaint with the Federal Trade Commission about the deceptive and unfair way Google displays results from its comparison shopping engine, Google Shopping, in its search results, the nonprofit public interest group said today.

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