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Google Leads Pack As 10 Tech Firms Pump $61.15 Million Into 2013 Lobbying Efforts

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

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Google Leads Pack As 10 Tech Firms Pump $61.15 Million Into 2013 Lobbying Efforts

SANTA MONICA, CA – Google led in lobbying spending by ten tech firms who pumped a combined $61.15 million into efforts to influence federal regulators and lawmakers in 2013, up 15.9 percent from a combined total of $52.78 million, according to records filed with the Clerk of the House this week.

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Google Leads Tech Firms in Lobbying Expenses; Facebook Spending Up 47 Percent

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

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Google Leads Tech Firms in Lobbying Expenses; Facebook Spending Up 47 Percent

WASHINGTON, DC -- Google continued to lead tech firms in lobbying expenses during the third quarter, spending $3.4 million on its effort to buy influence with federal legislators and policymakers, according to disclosure forms just filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives.

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Get Real Sergey, But Here’s How You Could Actually Help

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

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Get Real Sergey, But Here’s How You Could Actually Help

Sergey Brin, Google's co-founder, is getting a little bit of ink for his suggestion that all politicians elected today quit their parties and "govern as independents in name and in spirit."

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Pressure Mounts Against Google for Its Anticompetitive Behavior

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

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Pressure Mounts Against Google for Its Anticompetitive Behavior

Signs that Google will soon face strong antitrust action on both sides of the Atlantic are increasing with a report Thursday from Bloomberg News Service that the the Federal Trade Commission staff has recommended that the Internet giant be sued for unfairly blocking competitors' access to smartphone-technology patents.

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Privacy Bill of Rights Would Face Uncertainty Under Romney Presidency, Observers Say

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Monday, October 29, 2012

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“I think Romney would let the effort die,” said John Simpson, privacy project director for Consumer Watchdog, a Washington-based public interest group. “He's an advocate of less regulation on business, so I don't see much hope that he would be would be concerned about privacy.”

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Google, Facebook Continue Pumping Money Into Lobbying Efforts Setting New Records

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

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Google, Facebook Continue Pumping Money Into Lobbying Efforts Setting New Records

SANTA MONICA, CA -- Google and Facebook continued to pump money into their Washington lobbying efforts in the third quarter with the Internet giant spending its second most amount in one quarter while the social networking company spent its most ever for one quarter. “Google and Facebook would have you believe that they are different from other corporations,” said John M. Simpson, Consumer Watchdog’s Privacy Project director. “They are not. They are following the corrupt corporate tradition in Washington: buying what you want.”

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Google Privacy Policy Changes Pressed For By EU Board

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

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John Simpson, of Consumer Watchdog, a group critical of Google, says in a statement that Google acted with "complete disregard" for users' privacy. "I am glad the European Union is calling out their abuses, but am disappointed that American consumers must look across the Atlantic to see privacy rights defended," Simpson said.

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Drive Toward Autonomous Cars Shouldn’t Be So Automatic, Critics Warn

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Monday, October 8, 2012

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Consumer privacy also is at risk through the new legislation, says John Simpson, privacy project supervisor for the nonprofit advocacy group Consumer Watchdog. California’s new driverless-auto law “gives the user no control over what data will be gathered and how the information will be used,” Simpson tells WardsAuto. “That’s where we have a problem.”

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You Have No Privacy. Get Over It

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

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"Google has demonstrated an ability to out-maneuver government regulators repeatedly and ride roughshod over the privacy rights of consumers. Google continues to be disingenuous about its practices," says John Simpson, privacy project director at US organization Consumer Watchdog.

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Self-Driving Cars Now Legal In California

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

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Consumer Watchdog, a consumer-rights group, has expressed reservations about the cars on privacy grounds, saying they would allow Google to gather personal information about passengers.

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California Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Driverless Car Law

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

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California Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Driverless Car Law

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.

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Calif. Gives Driverless Cars Go-Ahead

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

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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.

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Google’s Driverless Car Law Poses Threat to Californians’ Safety and Privacy

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

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Google’s Driverless Car Law Poses Threat to Californians’ Safety and Privacy

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.

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