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Google’s Street View ‘Engineer Doe’ Identified

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

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In a letter April 30, John Simpson, privacy project director for the advocacy group Consumer Watchdog, urged Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law, to conduct hearings into “the Google Wi-Spy incident that will finally get to the bottom of what was the largest wiretapping effort in history.” Simpson urged Franken to grant Engineer Doe immunity from prosecution so that he can testify and to call Google CEO Larry Page to testify.

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Consumer Watchdog Calls For Senate Hearing on Google Wi-Spy Scandal

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Monday, April 30, 2012

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Consumer Watchdog Calls For Senate Hearing on Google Wi-Spy Scandal

Urges ‘Engineer Doe’ Be Given Immunity For Testifying About His Role SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called for a Senate hearing into the Google Wi-Spy scandal and urged that a key figure known in a Federal Communications Commission report as “Engineer Doe” be granted immunity from prosecution in return for his testimony.

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Reding: Google Privacy Policy Is Illegal

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Monday, March 5, 2012

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California-based Google critic Consumer Watchdog called Google’s sweeping changes a “spy policy” rather than a privacy policy, an allusion to the fact that the move will help Google funnel data on users in one larger silo for targeted ads.

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Bono Mack Plans Privacy Hearing

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

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WASHINGTON – As watchdog groups urge a slowdown in Google's new privacy policy, Rep. Mary Bono Mack's office announced Tuesday a hearing on privacy issues March 29 in which Google will likely participate.

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Five Privacy Groups Urge Congresswoman For Public Hearing On Google Changes

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Friday, February 24, 2012

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The letter was signed by Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), Jeffrey Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD), John Simpson, privacy policy director at Consumer Watchdog, Susan Grant, director of consumer protection at the Consumer Federation of America (CFA), and Ed Mierzwinski, consumer program director for the U.S. Public Interest Research Groups (PIRG).

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Google Will Add Opt-Out Button To Its Browser

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Friday, February 24, 2012

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"The real question is how much influence companies like Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and Facebook will have in their inevitable attempt to water down the rules that are implemented, and render them essentially meaningless," said John Simpson, privacy policy director of Consumer Watchdog, in a statement.

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Consumer Groups Say Commerce Subcommittee Should Hold Public Hearing on Google’s Privacy Plans, Not Closed-Door Briefing

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Friday, February 24, 2012

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Consumer Groups Say Commerce Subcommittee Should Hold Public Hearing on Google’s Privacy Plans, Not Closed-Door Briefing

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Five consumer and privacy groups today joined in sending a letter to the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade calling for public hearings on Google planned privacy changes, rather than a secret briefing.

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Privacy Advocates Want Strong Role in Crafting Industry Codes

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

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"The real question is how much influence companies like Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and Facebook will have in their inevitable attempt to water down the rules that are implemented and render them essentially meaningless. I am skeptical about the 'multi-stakeholder process', but am willing to make a good faith effort to try," John Simpson of Consumer Watchdog said in a statement.

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Consumer Watchdog Calls For Google CEO Page To Testify About New Privacy Policy

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

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Consumer Watchdog Calls For Google CEO Page To Testify About New Privacy Policy

WASHINGTON, DC -- Consumer Watchdog has asked the House Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee Committee to hold hearings on Google's new privacy and data policy and to call Google CEO Larry Page " to explain his company's disingenuous statements about its supposed commitment to users' privacy."

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Consumer Watchdog Wants Larry Page for Privacy Hearing

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

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The latest public letter was penned by Consumer Watchdog’s Privacy Project Director, John M. Simpson, and was addressed to the House’s subcommittee Chair Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) and Ranking Member G.K Butterfield, (D-NC). It starts: “I am writing on behalf of Consumer Watchdog to urge you to call Google’s CEO Larry Page to testify before your committee to explain his company’s disingenuous statements about its supposed commitment to users’ privacy.”

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Consumer Watchdog Channeling Marcel Marceau

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

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Consumer Watchdog plans to deploy a group of mimes wearing white track suits emblazoned with Google's "Don't Be Evil" motto Wednesday, just as Google Chairman Eric Schmidt is set to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The mimes will mercilessly track senators and their staffers as they move through the Dirksen Senate office building..

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Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt to Testify Before Congress on Wi-Spy Scandal

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Monday, July 11, 2011

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John M. Simpson, director of Consumer Watchdog's Privacy Project commented on the news, "A top Google executive will finally face serious questioning about the company's behavior."

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U.S. Lawmakers Frustrated By Lack Of Answers About Google Street View Wi-spying

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

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In January, Consumer Watchdog released a report that detailed the range of the federal government’s current contracts with Google. The amount of cash the group found is only $40 million, a tiny amount compared to Google’s annual revenue of almost $30 billion. But the contracts give the company a competitive edge in key emerging markets, as well as highlight the deepening relationship between Google and the Obama administration — and the conflicts of interest that could potentially arise.

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