Thu, Jan 15, 2015

Consumer Watchdog Welcomes Death Of Google Glass, Says Internet Giant Should Not Offer “Glass 2.0” Until Privacy Issues Are Solved

Consumer Watchdog Welcomes Death Of Google Glass, Says Internet Giant Should Not Offer “Glass 2.0” Until Privacy Issues Are Solved

SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today welcomed Google’s announcement that it would stop selling Google Glass, its privacy invasive wearable computing device and said the Internet giant should not offer a new version until privacy issues are solved.

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Tue, Dec 16, 2014

Privacy Alert: Consumer Watchdog Urges Public to ‘Opt Out’ of Cal INDEX Electronic Health Information Exchange

Privacy Alert: Consumer Watchdog Urges Public to ‘Opt Out’ of Cal INDEX Electronic Health Information Exchange

Ten Questions Blue Cross & Blue Shield Must Answer Before Patients Agree To Share Medical Records, Says Consumer Watchdog

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Thu, Nov 27, 2014

Consumer Watchdog Urges European Parliament To Approve Call To Break Up Google

Consumer Watchdog Urges European Parliament To Approve Call To Break Up Google

SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today urged the European Parliament to pass a resolution calling for the break-up of Google to end the Internet giant’s monopolistic dominance, a remedy that the U.S. public interest group proposed more than four years ago.

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Fri, Nov 21, 2014

Consumer Watchdog Praises European Parliament’s Call To Break Up Google

Consumer Watchdog Praises European Parliament’s Call To Break Up Google

Public Interest Group Proposed This Plan To End Search Dominance 4 Years Ago

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Thu, Nov 13, 2014

Automakers’ Privacy Principles Offer Little Real Protection, Consumer Watchdog Says

Automakers’ Privacy Principles Offer Little Real Protection, Consumer Watchdog Says

SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Privacy Protection Principles just released by two automakers’ trade associations do little to protect consumers’ sensitive data that is increasingly collected by modern cars and trucks, Consumer Watchdog said today.

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Mon, Nov 10, 2014

Moffett Field Lease Deal Wrongly Rewards Google Execs’ Longstanding Abuse

Moffett Field Lease Deal Wrongly Rewards Google Execs’ Longstanding Abuse

SANTA MONICA, CA – NASA’s just announced lease agreement with a Google subsidiary to manage Moffett Federal Airfield wrongly rewards the Internet giant’s executives for longstanding abuses at Ames Research Center, Consumer Watchdog said.

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Tue, Oct 21, 2014

Google Spends $3.94 Million On 3rd Quarter Lobbying; Comcast Spends $4.23 Million; Facebook Lists $2.45 Million As Amazon Sets Record Of $1.18 Million, Reports Show

Google Spends $3.94 Million On 3rd Quarter Lobbying; Comcast Spends $4.23 Million; Facebook Lists $2.45 Million As Amazon Sets Record Of $1.18 Million, Reports Show

SANTA MONICA, CA – Google spent $3.94 million lobbying the federal government in the third quarter, off from its record $5.30 million in the previous quarter, but up 17 percent from $3.37 million in the comparable period in 2013, according to records just filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives and analyzed today by Consumer Watchdog.

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Wed, Oct 1, 2014

California Is A Long Way From Driverless Cars, Consumer Watchdog Tells Insurance Commissioner

California Is A Long Way From Driverless Cars, Consumer Watchdog Tells Insurance Commissioner

Urges Focus On Immediate Concerns Of Privacy And Auto Safety

SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today challenged the idea that widespread use of fully autonomous or driverless cars is imminent, and urged the state Insurance Commissioner to focus on immediate consumer concerns of auto safety and privacy.

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Sun, Sep 28, 2014

Consumer Watchdog Endorses “Focus On The User” Project

Consumer Watchdog Endorses “Focus On The User” Project

Website & “Widget” Demonstrate How Google Favors Its Own Services In Local Search Results

SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today endorsed a new website, “Focus on the User” and a downloadable “widget” available on the site that demonstrates how Google favors its own services in local search results.

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Wed, Aug 27, 2014

Consumer Privacy Groups Stress Opposition To Settlement In Google Privacy Suit

Consumer Privacy Groups Stress Opposition To Settlement In Google Privacy Suit

SANTA MONICA, CA — Five consumer privacy groups today emphasized their continuing opposition to a proposed $8.5 million settlement in a class action suit against Google for privacy violations in the way it handled users’ search data because the proposed deal provides no benefit to class members.

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Tue, Jul 22, 2014

Google Spends $5 Million Lobbying In 2nd Quarter Leading 15 Tech, Communications Firms

Google Spends $5 Million Lobbying In 2nd Quarter Leading 15 Tech, Communications Firms

SANTA MONICA, CA — Google spent $5.03 million on lobbying in the second quarter of 2014, matching a company record and well ahead of spending by 14 other technology and communications companies, according to records just filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives and analyzed today by Consumer Watchdog.

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Thu, Jun 26, 2014

Google Must Allow U.S. Users To Be Forgotten

Google Must Allow U.S. Users To Be Forgotten

Google today began removing some search results in Europe under the recently court-upheld “right to be forgotten.” The Internet giant should offer U.S. users the same basic right to privacy.

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Tue, Jun 10, 2014

Consumer Watchdog Warns DMV Not To Let Google Rush Driverless Car Deployment

Consumer Watchdog Warns DMV Not To Let Google Rush Driverless Car Deployment

SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today warned the California Department of Motor Vehicles not to succumb to pressure from Google and others with a vested interest in developing “driverless cars” to rush to adopt regulations for the pubic use of the vehicles that are inadequate to protect our safety.

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