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2014-08-26 08:28:31

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumer Watchdog has filed formal comments calling on the Federal Communications Commission to reject the proposed $45 billion merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable because the deal "is not at all in the public interest." "The consolidation of the largest cable television providers would create a media juggernaut that would stifle completion and hurt consumers who would ultimately pay higher prices for even worse service," wrote...

2014-06-30 16:29:22

SANTA MONICA, Calif., June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A 2012 secret experiment in which Facebook manipulated users' news feed to see whether certain kinds of content made users happy or sad, violated basic research ethics, Consumer Watchdog said today. Results of the experiment, which also involved academic researchers, were published in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this month. "There is a longstanding rule that research involving human...

2014-06-10 08:21:27

SANTA MONICA, Calif., June 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumer Watchdog today warned the California Department of Motor Vehicles not to succumb to pressure from Google and others with a vested interest in developing "driverless cars" to rush to adopt regulations for the pubic use of the vehicles that are inadequate to protect our safety. "We urge the DMV to follow a sensible and deliberate approach that would require adequate testing and time to analyze the test results,"...

2014-05-13 16:33:39

SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 13, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumer Watchdog today praised the highest European court's ruling that people have a "right to be forgotten" and can have online search results linking to outdated, irrelevant information removed. "This is a substantial victory for the right to privacy," said John M. Simpson, Consumer Watchdog's Privacy Project director. "I hope the online giants will follow the same policy in the United States. If they don't, we need...

2014-03-26 08:35:38

Group Asks Commission to Modify 'Flawed' Plan SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 26, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A proposed settlement in Europe's antitrust investigation of Google that establishes a monitor for five years to ensure that the Internet giant keeps its promises under the deal, does not actually obligate Google to do anything in response to a request from the "Monitoring Trustee," Consumer Watchdog said today and called for the "deeply flawed" proposed settlement to be...

2014-03-24 16:22:38

WASHINGTON, March 24, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumer Watchdog today called on the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission to reject the proposed $55 billion merger of Comcast and Time Warner because the deal "violates antitrust laws and is not in the public interest." "The consolidation of the largest cable television providers would create a media juggernaut that would stifle completion and hurt consumers who would ultimately pay higher prices...

2014-03-11 12:20:58

SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 11, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The California Department of Motor Vehicles must enact regulations that protect users privacy in new regulations it is drafting that would cover Google's driverless cars and other "autonomous vehicles" traveling on California's highways, Consumer Watchdog told the DMV today. "The DMV regulations must give the user control over what data is gathered and how the information will be used," said John M. Simpson, Privacy...

2014-02-10 08:33:03

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Feb. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumer Watchdog, a U.S. public interest group, has objected to the European Union's College of Commissioners over the antitrust settlement deal with Google that was announced last week by the Commissioner for Competition, Vice President Joaquin Almunia, the group said today. In separate letters addressed to the Commission's Secretary-General and 27 of the 28 commissioners, John M. Simpson, Consumer Watchdog's Privacy...

2014-02-05 16:31:02

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Feb. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The settlement to end the European antitrust investigation of Google described today by Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia is unacceptable, Consumer Watchdog said and the group added that Google's third Commitment document must be made public. "The deal as outlined by Almunia bizarrely not only allows Google to profit from the traffic it diverts from competitors, but also from the new possibilities to charge for...

2014-01-30 08:37:43

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumer Watchdog today insisted the European Commission must 'market test' a reported new proposal from Google to settle the three-year antitrust investigation of the Internet giant and said any remedy must insist that Google use an objective, nondiscriminatory mechanism to rank and display all search results - including links to Google products. Reuters reported on Wednesday that a new deal to settle was close and that...


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