By Sharon Gaudin COMPUTERWORLD
Monday, August 3, 2009
Consumer Watchdog Wants Genentech Exec To Quit Google Or Apple Board Consumer Watchdog, formerly known as the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, called on former Genentech CEO Arthur Levinson to pick one board or the other. ?It took Eric Schmidt far too long to realize that the two roles are incompatible. That's not surprising considering the clubby atmosphere of Silicon Valley,? said John M. Simpson, a Consumer Watchdog consumer advocate, in a written statement. ?Nonetheless, we're glad Schmidt finally did the right thing. We call on Levinson to act responsibly and choose one company or the other.?Continue reading...
By James Temple SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Microsoft and Yahoo clearly are bracing for regulatory scrutiny. The news release emphasized that the two companies will "continue to compete vigorously" in other areas, including e-mail, instant messaging and display advertising. It also stressed that the agreement restricts the sharing of search and other data. Consumer Watchdog in Washington, D.C., called on the Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission to probe the deal for potential antitrust violations and privacy concerns.Continue reading...
By Jason Linkins HUFFINGTON POST
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Consumer Watchdog -- which, as the name implies is a consumer watchdog organization -- is raising alarms over privacy concerns that have been brought to the fore as online search company Google engages in wheeling and dealing before the House Communications and Consumer Protection Subcommittee.Continue reading...
By Nicholas Kolakowski EWEEK.COM
Thursday, May 28, 2009
However, Google has also run into some high-profile controversies over the past few months. In April, nonprofit consumer advocacy organization Consumer Watchdog publicly questioned the settlement between Google, The Author’s Guild and the Association of American Publishers (AAP) over the search-engine giant's growing digital library. In particular, Consumer Watchdog argued that the settlement, which gave Google the same terms as any theoretical future competitor, deserved to be placed under government review.Continue reading...
By Cade Metz THE REGISTER UK
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
When Google meets with Congressional staffers, hoping to convince US lawmakers that it's nothing but good for the world, the web giant likes to say that it believes in openness. "Open is better than closed, "the company says. Open "enhances competition" and "encourages innovation." But if you ask the company to discuss its openness, it's not too open about it. Late last week, the consumer watchdog known only as Consumer Watchdog uncovered the canned pitch that Google recently launched at Capitol Hill in an effort to re-spin itself.Continue reading...
By Shawn Zeller CONGRESSIONAL QUARTERLY WEEKLY
Monday, February 23, 2009
Since winning the grant last August, Consumer Watchdog has challenged Google privacy practices related to its Gmail electronic mail program and its Chrome Web browser. Last month, the group accused Google of lobbying Congress to weaken privacy protections for medical records stored in its Google Health program. “Their business model is incompatible with privacy,” says Jamie Court, Consumer Watchdog’s president.Continue reading...
By Michael Dinan TMC-NET
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
A Santa Monica, California-based nonprofit group that advocates for consumers is calling for the Internet’s search and ad leader to change the way it records users’ information. Officials with Consumer Watchdog say they want to see Google Inc. store personal search data for less than its current nine months, following Yahoo!’s lead, and also to give users a choice to “opt out” out of data retention, as some other search engines do.Continue reading...
Posted by John M. Simpson
Thursday, December 11, 2008
I was surprised today when Internet giant Google today removed the "Beta" or test label from its new Chrome browser. Four-year-old Gmail still carries the "Beta" label. Despite the changes, though, the Web browser still offers inadequate protection for users' privacy.Continue reading...
By Ric Romero KABC TV-7 (LOS ANGELES, CA)
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Consumer Watchdog is a consumer advocacy group that believes Google's e-mail service, called Gmail, is not private or secure. And Consumer Watchdog says the security problem is not only with Gmail users, but also with those who may not have Gmail but correspond with Gmail users.Continue reading...
By Jack Schofield THE GUARDIAN UK
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
With Google adding a browser to its search engine, cloud applications, ad tracking and toolbar, it already knows more about you than even your mother could. But Consumer Watchdog thinks the Lords of the Web should still make it easier for people to have a bit more privacy...Continue reading...
By Chris Thompson THEBIGMONEY.COM (SLATE)
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
The nonprofit Consumer Watchdog has called on Google to amend several features in its new browser that, they claim, seriously compromise your privacy on the Web. You may have noticed that whenever you start typing into Google's search field, the site starts suggesting topics for you. Google is, in fact, recording and storing every keystroke you type, regardless of whether you hit the search button or not. The company also stores your IP address, which can narrow your physical location down to within a block or two. In short, Google has compiled a profile of who you are and what you're like, along with a damn good idea of where you live. If the government would like to know as well, and can get their hands on a subpoena, there's not much you can do about it.Continue reading...
By Thomas Claburn INFORMATION WEEK
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Chief among the group's complaints is Google Suggest, a feature found in Chrome and other Google applications like Google Toolbar. In an effort to publicize what it claims are the privacy failings of Google...Continue reading...
CONTACT: Doug Heller 310-392-0522 ext 309 or Jamie Court ext 327
Monday, November 3, 2008
Online Video Targets Google’s New “Chrome” Browser, Websites And Software Revealed SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog has created a You Tube video showing how your computer could be having an unnoticed conversation about you with Google. The nonprofit group has called on Google’s founders and directors to adopt new privacy safeguards that allow for anonymous internet and software use. Watch the video here and read the letter to Google’s founders here.Continue reading...