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Consumer Watchdog Asks Senate Panel To Explore Breakup of Google; Asks FTC to Open Inquiry Into Deceptive Mortgage Advertisements

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

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Consumer Watchdog Asks Senate Panel To Explore Breakup of Google; Asks FTC to Open Inquiry Into Deceptive Mortgage Advertisements

WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog today told a Senate committee that Google’s reach is so pervasive on the Internet that consumers cannot avoid its massive data collection apparatus. The public interest group said one possible remedy is breaking up the Internet giant, which exercises monopoly power over search and consumer data. Do Not Track regulations are necessary to protect consumers from the Internet giant’s pervasive data collection.

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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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Does Google-Motorola Pose Anti-Competitive Danger?

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Monday, August 15, 2011

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Does Google-Motorola Pose Anti-Competitive Danger?

What if Google, the master of the cloud computing universe and the Internet's information monopolist, were to buy Intel, Apple, or IBM? Would we want the company that controls information outside of our computers all along the Internet to also have control over a principal computer hardware maker and its patents?

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McCain, Kerry Introduce Contentious Privacy Bill

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

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It was also a disappointment to a coalition of consumer groups and privacy advocates, which welcomed the bill but called for it to be "significantly strengthened." "I don't think this is going to affect online marketing at all," said Jeff Chester, director of the Center for Digital Democracy privacy group. John Simpson, of Consumer Watchdog, agreed. "We cannot support it today," he said.

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Consumer Groups Warn Obama Privacy Law Could Be Dominated By Industry

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

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Consumer Groups Warn Obama Privacy Law Could Be Dominated By Industry

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A "multi-stakeholder process" to develop online privacy codes advocated today by the Obama Administration runs the risk of being dominated by industry and failing to protect consumers if it is not organized in a fair and balanced manner, six public interest groups warned. The groups include Consumer Watchdog, The Center for Digital Democracy, Consumer Federation of America, Consumer Action, U.S. PIRG and the World Privacy Forum.

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Anti-Google Video Ad On Privacy Running In Times Square

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

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An anti-Google video is running on a billboard in Times Square, criticizing the search company on privacy issues. The 15-second cartoon depicts Chief Executive Eric Schmidt as an ice cream peddler with the text, "He's collecting your personal information." The nonprofit Consumer Watchdog, based in Santa Monica, Calif., is running the $25,000 campaign on a 560-square-foot CBS Jumbotron in Times Square. The video will air 36 times a day, in between promos for the TV show "CSI," until Oct. 15.

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Online views soar in overwhelming response to Inside Google video

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Monday, September 6, 2010

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Online views soar in overwhelming response to Inside Google video

Response to our video “Don’t Be Evil?” lampooning Google and its CEO Eric Schmidt’s attitude toward privacy has been overwhelming since we launched it with a jumbotron digital ad in New York’s Times Square last week. Views  soared past the quarter million mark on Monday of the three-day holiday weekend. The satirical video shows Schmidt […]

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Consumers pondering Google/Viacom ruling

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Friday, June 25, 2010

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Consumers pondering Google/Viacom ruling

A federal court decision this week throwing out Viacom’s’ $1 billion lawsuit against YouTube, has consumers and copyright holders wondering about its implications. (Viacom says it will appeal.)

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Australian news video calls Google “a company on steroids”

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Monday, April 19, 2010

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A video produced by Hungry Beast, a weekly news show on Australian television puts Internet giant ...

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“Google HomeView” arrives in Germany

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

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Many Germans have objected strenuously to Google's Street View service saying that it is an improper invasion of their privacy. Now there's a delightful ...

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An answer to Google’s annoying Super Bowl ad

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Friday, April 16, 2010

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Remember the ever-so-cute ad that Google ran during the Super Bowl?  Now there's a parody that shows some not-so-cute things you can do using Google's...

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Google is committed to openness — for everybody else

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

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Google is committed to openness — for everybody else

Google continues to demonstrate that when comes to a commitment to openness and transparency the Internet giant is really talking about holding others to that standard, certainly not itself.

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