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...
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 Grant Gross , NETWORK WORLD - IDG NEWS SERVICE
Thursday, September 20, 2012
The large number of applications from the two companies would make the Internet 'privatized,' Consumer Watchdog says A consumer group, citing concerns about the creation of a new, private Internet, has asked a senior U.S. senator to help block Google and Amazon.com from buying dozens of generic top-level domains (gTLDs) from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).Continue reading...
CONTACT: John M. Simpson , 310-392-7041; or cell: 310-292-1902
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Control of New Strings Could Threaten Free Internet WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog today urged Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D –W.VA) to block attempts by Google and Amazon to buy control of huge swaths of the Internet by purchasing new generic Top Level Domains through the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).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 Juliana Gruenwald , TECH DAILY DOSE BLOG - NATIONAL JOURNAL
A federal judge has allowed a public interest group to challenge a $22.5 million fine Google agreed to pay earlier this month to settle allegations that it violated a consent decree it reached last year with the Federal Trade Commission related to violations of its privacy policies.Continue reading...
By Sara Forden , BLOOMBERG BUSINESSWEEK
A public interest group won the right to oppose a $22.5 million consumer lawsuit settlement between the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and Google Inc. over a privacy breach of Apple Inc.’s Safari browser.Continue reading...
By Kelly Fiveash , THE REGISTER UK
Opposition to Google's $22.5m privacy blunder settlement with the US Federal Trade Commission is heating up: lobby group Consumer Watchdog confirmed today it has won the right to file a brief against the deal.Continue reading...