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Spending Plus Online Clout Put Google In Lobbying Class of Its Own

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Google’s spending caught the eye of its critics. The group Consumer Watchdog, which consistently targets Google, accused the company’s executives of having “no qualms about spending lots of money to get their way.”

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Bing, Yahoo Agree to Remove Mortgage Ads

Monday, November 21, 2011

Consumer Watchdog, a group that frequently criticizes Google, wasted no time on Monday calling for executives at Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo to be charged with crimes for allowing the ads to go up in the first place.

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Google Defends Practices As FTC Launches Antitrust Probe

Friday, June 24, 2011

Google confirmed Friday that the Federal Trade Commission has launched an antitrust investigation of the company, but posted an elaborate defense of its business practices. “Yesterday, we received formal notification from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission that it has begun a review of our business,” Google said in a blog post. “We respect the FTC’s [...]

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Online Privacy Concerns Fuel Drive For ‘Do-Not-Track’ Legislation

Friday, May 6, 2011

“Demand for do-not-track protection is swelling and that makes sense,” said John Simpson, spokesman for the group Consumer Watchdog. “This is an idea whose time has come, and I believe people will finally get the protection they are demanding. Senator Rockefeller should be commended for pushing the issue.”

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Speier Unveils ‘Do-Not-Track’ Online Privacy Bill

Friday, February 11, 2011

Just a day after Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., rolled out his latest online privacy legislation, Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., unveiled a package of bills Friday that includes a “do-not-track” requirement giving consumers the option to opt-out of being tracked while browsing online.

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

Monday, January 24, 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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