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2014-08-06 08:41:33

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Aug. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumer Watchdog has joined with six other consumer privacy organizations in calling for President Obama to propose strong privacy legislation in the groups' comments on the White House report on "big data." "Enacting baseline privacy legislation that implements a strong and resonant Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights (CPBR) is the single most effective way to answer the public's call for basic online privacy rights, ensure...

2014-07-09 16:28:22

Network Misrepresentations, Enrollment Delays, and Customer Service Practices Violate California Law SANTA MONICA, Calif., July 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Blue Cross vastly misrepresented the size of its physician and hospital networks and other key health plan contract terms in order to increase sales during the Affordable Care Act's 'open enrollment period' that ended on March 31, according to a new California class action lawsuit filed by Blue Cross customers and consumer...

2014-06-16 16:25:47

SANTA MONICA, Calif., June 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Responding to mounting patient complaints, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association ("BCBS") has announced it will soon end its discriminatory HIV drug-pricing practices and has taken HIV/AIDS drugs off its mandatory mail-order drug list, which threatened patient health, safety, and privacy. Read the letter from BCBS announcing the change in policy: http://tinyurl.com/nvtlmlv The changes go into effect on June 27, 2014...

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,"...

2014-06-03 16:20:26

Settlement Will Discourage 900,000 Affected Consumers From Getting the Money They Are Entitled To and Provide a Windfall for Hyundai and Kia SANTA MONICA, Calif., June 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A class action settlement negotiated by Hyundai and Kia following the companies' 2012 admission that they lowballed fuel economy numbers for over a dozen 2011-2013 vehicles is structured to prevent consumers from collecting the money they are owed and should be rejected, consumer...

2014-05-01 16:37:18

SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 1, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumer Watchdog today backed six broad policy recommendations outlined in the White House report on Big Data and praised the report for identifying potential dangers of discrimination and threats to privacy in what the report called "a world where data collection will be increasingly ubiquitous, multidimensional, and permanent." "I expected the White House team to focus on the benefits of Big Data and gloss over the very...

2014-04-29 16:31:00

SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A suspension of legislative rules in the Assembly allowed a bill introduced five days ago to divert drunk and high doctors from discipline to confidential treatment to pass the Assembly Business, Professions, and Consumer Protections Committee today. The author of AB 2346, Assembly member Lorena Gonzalez, refused to accept amendments proposed by the Center For Public Interest Law and Consumer Watchdog to make sure...

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...

2014-02-05 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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endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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