By David Sarno , THE LOS ANGELES TIMES
In an internal memo first obtained by the advocacy group Consumer Watchdog, the city in December said Google and its partner Computer Sciences Corp. repeatedly committed to and then missed deadlines to solve data security issues that were preventing the Los Angeles Police Department from moving onto Google's system.Continue reading...
CONTACT: John M. Simpson , 310-392-7041; Jamie Court, 310-392-0522, ext 327; Carmen Balber, 202-629-3043
WASHINGTON, DC — Consumer Watchdog today asked the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee to investigate Google’s misrepresentations about its “cloud computing” services as the Internet giant has tried to sell them to the federal government, as well as state and municipal governments.Continue reading...
By Ms. Smith , NETWORKWORLD.COM
Consumer Watchdog's scorecard is full of "evil" tally marks against Google. Some claim that Microsoft is spreading FUD, but legal woes facing Google seem to disagree that Google hasn't crossed creepy line.Continue reading...
By Chris Lefkow , AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
John Simpson of Consumer Watchdog welcomed the FTC settlement but said Google "needs to be punished and feel pain on its bottom line. Nothing will completely stop Google from invading users' privacy until it gets hit where it hurts, its bank accounts," Simpson said.Continue reading...
By Jaikumar Vijayan , COMPUTERWORLD
Friday, September 3, 2010
Consumer Watchdog, a group that has been a sharp critic of Google's privacy practices in the past, is at it again. The Santa Monica, Calif.-based consumer advocacy group has placed an ad on a 540-square-foot digital display in New York's Times Square to promote an animated video on YouTube that depicts Google CEO Eric Schmidt as an ice cream truck driver secretly spying on children.Continue reading...
CONTACT: John M. Simpson , 310-392-7041, or cell: 310-292-1902
Thursday, September 2, 2010
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog’s InsideGoogle.com has taken its online privacy campaign to New York’s Times Square, where it has purchased a 540 sq. ft. Jumbotron digital advertisement promoting an animated video satirizing Google CEO Eric Schmidt’s attitude toward consumer privacy.Continue reading...
Posted by John M. Simpson
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Google has announced that it is now offering privacy-friendly SSL encryption on its search engine, becoming the first major company to offer the protection. The company deserves credit and others who want to do more than pay lip service to privacy should immediately follow Google's lead.Continue reading...
CONTACT: John M. Simpson , (310) 392-0522, ext 317; or cell: (310) 292-1902
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Consumer Watchdog today formally launched its new Website, Inside Google, to focus attention on the company’s activities and hold Google accountable for its actions. The sites’ URL is http://insidegoogle.com.Continue reading...
By Todd Shields , BLOOMBERG - BUSINESSWEEK
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
The White House released the e-mails following a request by Santa Monica, California-based Consumer Watchdog, which says it works to protect American consumers and taxpayers. “He’s got too many ties to influence-peddling and it’s clear that those ties haven’t been completely cut,” said John M. Simpson, consumer advocate with the group, in an interview. “What makes it particularly irksome is that Obama made such a big deal about ending the revolving door of lobbyists.”Continue reading...
By Cade Metz , THE REGISTER UK
"The FTC needs to ask what did Google know and when did Google know it,” says John Simpson. “Google’s suggestion for a third-party audit is inadequate...That would be like like getting to pick and pay the referees in a championship basketball game. This investigation must be done by a regulatory authority capable of imposing real sanctions."Continue reading...
By Juliana Gruenwald , NATIONAL JOURNAL - TECH DAILY DOSE
"Once again Google has demonstrated a lack of concern for privacy," Consumer Watchdog Consumer Advocate John M. Simpson said in a statement. "Its computer engineers run amok, push the envelope and gather whatever data they can until their fingers are caught in the cookie jar. Then a Google executive apologizes, mouthing bafflegab about how privacy matters to the company."Continue reading...
By Michael Liedtke , ASSOCIATED PRESS (LA TIMES)
Consumer Watchdog, a group that has become one of Google's most outspoken critics, renewed its call for a regulatory crackdown Friday. "Once again, Google has demonstrated a lack of concern for privacy," said Consumer Watchdog's John Simpson. "Its computer engineers run amok, push the envelope and gather whatever data they can until their fingers are caught in the cookie jar."Continue reading...
By Laurie Sullivan , MEDIAPOST SEARCH MARKETING DAILY
Google could announce this week that it will move SSL encryption implemented in Gmail to other services such as search. During the company's annual shareholders meeting a question on this from John Simpson, an investor who works for Consumer Watchdog, prompted a curt "Do you get the drift of the answer?" from Google chief executive officer Eric Schmidt after Google vice president of search Marissa Mayer replied "stay tuned." Encryption has moved to the forefront after Google's admission last week it had collected small pieces of private information people sent through unencrypted wireless networks.Continue reading...