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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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Consumer Watchdog Backs Do Not Track Kids Bill; Says All Ages Deserve Protection

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14. November 2013

Consumer Watchdog Backs Do Not Track Kids Bill; Says All Ages Deserve Protection

SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog has endorsed the bipartisan, bicameral Do Not Track Kids bill introduced in Congress today, but added that all users of the Internet should be entitled to protection by a Do Not Track law.

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Google’s European Antitrust Settlement Proposal Insufficient, Consumer Watchdog Says As Group Releases Google’s Latest Offer and Questions From European Commission

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6. November 2013

Google’s European Antitrust Settlement Proposal Insufficient, Consumer Watchdog Says As Group Releases Google’s Latest Offer and Questions From European Commission

SANTA MONICA, CA – Google’s latest proposal to settle a European antitrust investigation does nothing to solve the underlying problem of how the Internet giant manipulates results and favors its own services in search, Consumer Watchdog said today as it released the proposal and questions the European Commission is asking about it.

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Consumer Watchdog Challenges Google to Make EU Antitrust Settlement Offer Public; U.S. Public Interest Group Says It Will Release Latest Proposal If Internet Giant Won’t

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6. November 2013

Consumer Watchdog Challenges Google to Make EU Antitrust Settlement Offer Public; U.S. Public Interest Group Says It Will Release Latest Proposal If Internet Giant Won’t

SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog has challenged Google to make public its latest proposal to settle the European Commission’s antitrust investigation by 5 p.m. Wednesday, or the public interest group said it would release the proposed deal itself.

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Google Leads Tech Firms in Lobbying Expenses; Facebook Spending Up 47 Percent

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22. October 2013

Google Leads Tech Firms in Lobbying Expenses; Facebook Spending Up 47 Percent

WASHINGTON, DC — Google continued to lead tech firms in lobbying expenses during the third quarter, spending $3.4 million on its effort to buy influence with federal legislators and policymakers, according to disclosure forms just filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives.

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