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Consumer Watchdog Praises State Attorneys General Action Against Google

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

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Consumer Watchdog Praises State Attorneys General Action Against Google

SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today praised state attorneys general for voicing their concerns about Google’s changes in privacy polices and asking for a meeting with the Internet giant’s CEO Larry Page. Attorneys general from 35 other states and territories joined Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler in sending the letter. They gave Google a week to reply.

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Privacy Brouhaha Reveals Google’s Split Personality

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

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An FTC spokesman said the agency had received the Consumer Watchdog complaint but said he could not comment further. "We are taking immediate steps to address concerns and we are happy to answer any questions regulators and others may have," Google said in a statement when asked to comment.

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Consumer Watchdog Wants Larry Page for Privacy Hearing

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

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The latest public letter was penned by Consumer Watchdog’s Privacy Project Director, John M. Simpson, and was addressed to the House’s subcommittee Chair Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) and Ranking Member G.K Butterfield, (D-NC). It starts: “I am writing on behalf of Consumer Watchdog to urge you to call Google’s CEO Larry Page to testify before your committee to explain his company’s disingenuous statements about its supposed commitment to users’ privacy.”

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One Privacy Policy To Rule Them All: What Google’s Controversial New Terms of Service Could Mean To You

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

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Consumer Watchdog’s John Simpson points out that personalized advertisements targeted directly to a specific user, based on user-collected information, can be “a substantial amount” more lucrative than just an anonymous ad. And with all the information Google can collect about your interests from your searches, your Google Docs, and your favorite YouTube videos, they can figure out pretty specifically what ads they should show you. “They are positioning this as streamlining privacy,” Simpson says. “But that’s just PR. It’s all about better targeting for advertisers.”

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Consumer Watchdog Channeling Marcel Marceau

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

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Consumer Watchdog plans to deploy a group of mimes wearing white track suits emblazoned with Google's "Don't Be Evil" motto Wednesday, just as Google Chairman Eric Schmidt is set to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The mimes will mercilessly track senators and their staffers as they move through the Dirksen Senate office building..

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Political Theater Will Follow Google’s Schmidt to D.C.

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

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While there are plenty of groups worried about Internet privacy, few have gone to the lengths of Consumer Watchdog, which relishes its role as a thorn in Google's side. In addition to the videos, the group has sponsored conferences, written editorials, and taken out ads, all aimed at focusing a spotlight on Google's conduct. Its primary concern is that Google is gathering a huge trove of personal information, much of it without consumers' knowledge. Worse still, according to the group, is that consumers are powerless to stop it. Consumer Watchdog's Court refers to the data that Google is able to amass as "an information monopoly."

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Google And The White House Too Chummy While Firm Under Investigation, Consumer Group Says

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Friday, July 8, 2011

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A leading California consumer group has formally asked White House counsel to rule on the ethics of what it calls the Obama Administration's "inappropriate" outreach -- including State Dinner invites -- to head honchos of Google, a firm reportedly under criminal investigation by the Justice Department.

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Google Street View Goes Off Road With Tricycle To Capture More Images

By , LOS ANGELES TIMES TECHNOLOGY BLOG

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

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Consumer Watchdog spokesman John Simpson said: “Google continues to push the envelope as far as it can and increasingly intrudes in our lives without asking permission. How long will it be before the Internet giant deploys teams with handheld cameras to photograph places where the trikes can’t go?”

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Consumer Watchdog Blasts Google’s Schmidt

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

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Consumer Watchdog receives no funding from Microsoft or any other competitor of Google, John Simpson, consumer advocate with the group, told PC World. “We don't have any relationship with Microsoft at all … We don't take any of their money,” he said. Simpson said the group has decided to focus on Google’s privacy practices because the company’s services serve as a gateway to the Internet for many people. If the group can push Google, “without a doubt the dominant Internet company,” to change its privacy practices, other companies will follow suit, he said.

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Consumer Watchdog Portrays Schmidt As Lunatic Senate Witness

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

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As Eric Schmidt plans his transition from Google's chief executive into a role has a greater focus on government outreach, ardent Google critic and privacy advocate Consumer Watchdog has found a not-so-friendly way to welcome him to Washington.

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New Consumer Watchdog Animation “Mr. Schmidt Goes to Washington” Goes Street View With Mobile Advertising Van in DC To Call For Google Hearings

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

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New Consumer Watchdog Animation “Mr. Schmidt Goes to Washington” Goes Street View With Mobile Advertising Van in DC To Call For Google Hearings

WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog’s new animated satire, “Mr. Schmidt Goes to Washington,” debuted today on the streets of Washington, DC, to make the case for why Congress should call Google CEO Eric Schmidt to testify under oath about the Wi-Spy scandal and other online privacy issues. The group also said the company’s close relationship with the US government should be probed.

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An Inside Look at Google’s Loudest Critic

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Friday, December 3, 2010

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Jamie Court, chief spokesman John Simpson, Washington coordinator Carmen Balber, and social-media strategist Josh Nuni are planning the Future of Online Consumer Protections conference, which was taking place Wednesday amid the Federal Trade Commission's release of a report that threw the government's weight behind a "Do Not Track" list for the Internet: a controversial sentiment among companies that make their money advertising on the Web. They've been handed an early Christmas present courtesy of the European Commission, which chose to announce its decision to formally investigate Google on the eve of Consumer Watchdog's conference as Simpson almost gleefully fields calls from reporters asking for reaction to the investigation.

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Privacy Advocates Blast FTC’s Inaction Over Street View Spying

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

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"The White House deputy chief technology officer, Andrew McLaughlin, was formerly Google's head of government affairs, and [Google CEO] Eric Schmidt was on a panel of economic advisors for President Obama's transition team," John Simpson, director of Consumer Watchdog's Inside Google project, told the E-Commerce Times. "If you asked me if I was surprised that that type of clout and influence could pay off for Google in this case, I would say 'no,'" Simpson continued. "Do I have proof that it did? Again, I would have to say 'no.'"

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