By Jeffrey Burt , eWEEK.COM
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
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.Continue reading...
CONTACT: John M. Simpson , 310-392-0522, x317
Monday, April 30, 2012
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.Continue reading...
By Clint Boulton , eWEEK.COM
Monday, March 5, 2012
By Paul C. Barton , USA TODAY
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
By John Fontana , ZDNET.COM
By Casey Newton , THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
CONTACT: John M. Simpson , 310-392-7041
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.Continue reading...
By Juliana Gruenwald , TECH DAILY DOSE - NATIONAL JOURNAL
Thursday, February 23, 2012
"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.Continue reading...
CONTACT: John M. Simpson , 310-392-7041; or cell: 310-292-1902
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
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."Continue reading...
By Paul Sawers , THENEXTWEB.COM
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
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.”Continue reading...
By Juliana Gruenwald , NATIONAL JOURNAL - TECH DAILY DOSE
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
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..Continue reading...
By Alastair Stevenson , INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES
Monday, July 11, 2011
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."Continue reading...
By Staff Writers , IWATCHNEWS.COM
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
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.Continue reading...