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

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26. March 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

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18. March 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

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13. February 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

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10. February 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

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10. February 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

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5. February 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

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22. January 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

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

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18. December 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 Complains To FTC About Deception In Google Shopping Results

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4. December 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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Consumer Groups On Both Sides Of Atlantic Oppose Google Antitrust Settlement

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26. November 2013

Consumer Groups On Both Sides Of Atlantic Oppose Google Antitrust Settlement

SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer groups on both sides of the Atlantic are opposed to a proposed deal to settle the European Commission’s antitrust investigation of Google. Consumer Watchdog, a U.S.-based public interest group, filed comments late Monday night opposing a proposed settlement to the European Commission’s antitrust investigation of Google because the proposed deal “will not restore a competitive search marketplace that will serve the interests of consumers.”

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Consumer Watchdog Finds Consumers Pay More Because of Google’s Search Monopoly

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25. November 2013

Consumer Watchdog Finds Consumers Pay More Because of Google’s Search Monopoly

SANTA MONICA – Google is taking advantage of its monopoly position in search to charge merchants more for placement in Google Shopping, causing higher prices for consumers, a Consumer Watchdog study has found. The nonpartisan, nonprofit public interest group is filing the study, made Nov. 11 and Nov. 12, with the European Commission as part of the group’s comments on a proposal to settle the Commission’s antitrust investigation of Google.

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Google Continues To Buy Its Way Out Of Privacy Problems, Consumer Watchdog Says

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18. November 2013

Google Continues To Buy Its Way Out Of Privacy Problems, Consumer Watchdog Says

SANTA MONICA, CA. – Google’s $17 million settlement with states attorneys general demonstrates the Internet giant’s business strategy of doing whatever it wants and then buying its way out of trouble when caught breaking the rules, Consumer Watchdog said today.

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