By Mike Rosenberg , SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Consumer groups charge Google and other companies are really only interested in using the on-board computers to track people's movements like on the Web.Continue reading...
By James Temple , SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Another lingering concern about driverless cars is privacy. The machines will have to collect and store certain information about a person's movements as part of their basic functioning, as well as to improve their performance over time. Because of pressure from privacy advocates, the law requires manufacturers to provide written disclosures describing the data collected. But John Simpson, director of Consumer Watchdog's privacy project, says that doesn't go far enough.Continue reading...
CONTACT: John M. Simpson , 310-392-7041
SANTA MONICA, CA – The driverless car law signed today by Gov. Jerry Brown at a ceremony at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View poses threats to Californians’ safety and privacy, Consumer Watchdog said.Continue reading...
By David Siders , CAPITOL ALERT - SACRAMENTO BEE
Opponents of the bill included the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and Consumer Watchdog. Automakers have raised liability concerns, while Consumer Watchdog argued Google's driverless cars should not be allowed on California roads until privacy protections are in place.Continue reading...
By Ed Silverstein , TECHZONE360.COM
Consumer Watchdog has criticized the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s proposed $22.5-million fine that Google might pay in connection with privacy settings on Apple’s Safari browser.Continue reading...
By Wendy Davis , ONLINE MEDIA DAILY
Monday, September 24, 2012
A deal that calls for Google to pay a $22.5 million civil penalty for tracking Safari users should be rejected, Consumer Watchdog argues in new court papers. "The proposed settlement is markedly unusual and deficient," the organization says in papers filed on Friday with U.S. District Court Judge Susan Illston in San Francisco.Continue reading...
CONTACT: John M. Simpson , 310-392-7041 or cell: 310-292-1902
Monday, September 24, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO – The Federal Trade Commission’s proposed $22.5 million settlement with Google for hacking past privacy settings on Apple’s Safari browser fails to include a permanent injunction against violating its “Buzz” Consent Decree with the Commission, one of three reasons it be should be rejected, Consumer Watchdog said today.Continue reading...
By Preston Gralla , COMPUTERWORLD.COM
Friday, September 21, 2012
Google never admitted it violated any FTC regulations, although it did agree to pay the fine. The group ConsumerWatchdog.org criticized the settlement because it felt the fine wasn't large enough, and because Google never had to admit it did anything wrong. John Simpson, director of the privacy project at ConsumerWatchdog.org said, "This is letting Google buy its way out of trouble."Continue reading...
By Elyse Dupre , DIRECT MARKETING NEWS.COM
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
“It hasn't been clear yet exactly what it means,” says Consumer Watchdog consumer advocate John Simpson. “The advertising industry, I think, would have it mean that they're not going to target you with behavioral-based advertising. Many of us who are concerned about privacy understand that if you send a Do Not Track message, then your data should not be collected [at all].”Continue reading...
By John Brandon , FOXNEWS.COM
Friday, September 14, 2012
A consumer advocacy organization warns that the cars could do more than that, collecting personal information that could be shared with others, and is asking for a gubernatorial veto of the bill approving them, which was passed by the state legislature in August. “The California autonomous car legislation does not provide adequate privacy protection,” says Consumer Watchdog spokesperson John Simpson. “Data should be gathered and retained only as long as necessary to operate the vehicle. The consumer must opt in if it is used for any other purpose.”Continue reading...
By Richard Read , THECARCONNECTION.COM
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Autonomous cars are a hot topic of conversation nowadays. Fans of the status quo see them as a waste of time. Driving enthusiasts see them as the harbinger of a boring, 55 mph future. And politicians see them as high-tech boogeymen to scare seniors into voting booths. (NB: that tactic didn't work.) Now, another group voiced its criticism -- specifically against Google's autonomous car: the aptly but obviously named Consumer Watchdog group, based in Santa Monica, California.Continue reading...
CONTACT: John M. Simpson , 310-292-1902 (cell)
Monday, September 10, 2012
Public Interest Group Terms Privacy Protections For New Technology Insufficient SANTA MONICA, CA – California Gov. Jerry Brown should veto a bill that allows Google’s driverless cars on the highway because it does not provide adequate privacy protections for users of the new technology, Consumer Watchdog said today.Continue reading...
By Jeff Beer , CANADIAN BUSINESS
Friday, September 7, 2012
John Simpson is a former executive editor at Tribune Media and deputy editor of USA Today, now heading up Consumer Watchdog’s Inside Google project that focuses on the company’s dominance over the Internet. “We are not Google’s customers,” says Simpson. “We’re Google’s product. We use their services, that are now all combined, creating a digital dossier on us that becomes the real product offered to advertisers.”Continue reading...