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Consumer Watchdog Complains About Google Again

Consumer Watchdog Complains About Google Again

By Chris Crum December 4, 2013 | 2 Comments

Frequent Google critic Consumer Watchdog (the ones behind the legendary Eric Schmidt evil ice cream man video) has filed a new formal complaint against Google with the Federal Trade Commission. This time it’s about Google Shopping results. The organization calls …

Consumer Watchdog Says You Are Google's Product Consumer Watchdog Says You Are Google's Product
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California’s Consumer Watchdog met with the city’s Assembly’s Transportation Committee today, to discuss opposition to SB 1298, Google driverless car legislation. They say, strong privacy for those who use the highways is a must if Google’s Driverless car legislation is …

FTC Backs 'Do Not Track' Feature In Privacy Report FTC Backs 'Do Not Track' Feature In Privacy Report

The Federal Trade Commission today issued its final report for how companies need to handle consumer privacy, including the much-discussed ‘Do Not Track’ feature that was brought up after the White House introduced the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights earlier …

What Does Google's Privacy Policy Mean? What Does Google's Privacy Policy Mean?
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In January, Google announced that it was overhauling its more than 60 privacy policies and replacing them with one. As Alma Whitten, Google’s Director of Privacy in Product and Engineering, wrote in the announcement, the idea is to create a “beautifully simple, intuitive user experience across Google.”

Consumer Watchdog Calls On European Commission To Block Google Motorola Deal Consumer Watchdog Calls On European Commission To Block Google Motorola Deal
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Consumer Watchdog is pushing to get the European Commission to block Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility and to issue a formal complaint against Google’s business practices. The group’s Privacy Project Director John M. Simpson wrote a letter to Competition Commissioner …

Mortgage Scammers From Google Ads Get Shut Down Mortgage Scammers From Google Ads Get Shut Down
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The Office of the Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) has shut down 85 online mortgage modification scams, and says it is cooperating with an ongoing criminal investigation regarding Google suspending ad relationships with 500 advertisers. “The …

Google Challenged By Consumer Watchdog Over Privacy Google Challenged By Consumer Watchdog Over Privacy
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Consumer Watchdog, a group known for being critical of Google, is sponsoring legislation in California that would give people a an online “Do Not Track Me” option. In addition, Consumer Watchdog sent a letter to new Google CEO Larry Page …

Watchdog Argues Against Schmidt For Commerce Secretary

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Last week, rumors indicated that Google CEO Eric Schmidt might be in the running for the position of U.S. Commerce Secretary.  Now, the organization called Consumer Watchdog – which is perhaps Google’s most outspoken critic – has come out strongly …

Consumer Watchdog Targets Google Over Doodle Contest
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 Consumer Watchdog, an organization known for being critical of Google, has asked Rep. Rep. Ed Markey, D-MA, and Rep. Joe Barton, R-TX,  for hearings on why Google collected children’s social security numbers on entry forms for its Doodle 4 Google contest.

In a letter to the Congressmen, who are co-chairmen of the Bipartisan House Privacy Caucus, the nonpartisan, nonprofit public interest group said, "The Doodle 4 Google incident is not a one-time event, but part of a consistent pattern of disregarding privacy rights."

Another “Evil” Eric Schmidt Video From Consumer Watchdog
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Consumer Watchdog is at it again. The group has been criticizing Google for years, and gained a lot of exposure for some videos it created last year, including one depicting Google CEO Eric Schmidt as a creepy Ice Cream truck driver. 

Consumer Watchdog Calls Google Chicken In Second Vid
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Consumer Watchdog’s video production department is at it again.  The group, which received all sorts of coverage after portraying Eric Schmidt as an ice cream man with a disturbing leer, has now released a second clip calling Google chicken.

Consumer Watchdog Calls on Google To Answer 4 Privacy Questions
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Consumer Watchdog, the group behind the much-publicized Eric Schmidt ice cream man video, has issued a press release blasting Google yet again. This is no surprise, considering recent news of an ex-Google engineer violating the personal data of of minors.

Is Google Really As Evil As This Video Suggests?
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Consumer Watchdog has created a new anti-Google video portraying Google CEO Eric Schmidt has some kind of evil ice cream man. The video is a commentary on what the group perceives to be Google’s lack of regard for consumer privacy. 

Google Wi-Fi Scandal Concerns Most Americans
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A majority of Americans are concerned about Google’s Street View cars that collected private information from their Wi-Fi networks and want better privacy protections put in place, according to a new poll from Consumer Watchdog.

Overall, 74 percent of Americans view Google favorably, but 65 percent say the Wi-Fi scandal is one of the things that "worries them most" or a "great deal" with another 20 percent saying it "raises some concern" when considering online issues.

Google Could Have Collected WiFi Data From Members Of Congress
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Google’s Street View cars could have recorded communications from some members of Congress, involved in national security issues, via unencrypted WiFi connections, according to an investigation by Consumer Watchdog’s InsideGoogle.

Rep. Jane Harman, D-CA, chair of the Intelligence Subcommittee of the Homeland Security Committee and former member of the Intelligence Committee has at least one wireless network in her Washington, D.C., home that could have been breached by Google.

Advocacy Group Critical Of Google Street View

Google is being criticized by advocacy group Consumer Watchdog for gathering private information from WiFi networks in Germany via its Street View cars.

The gathering of private information surfaced because the German government raised concerns about Google’s data collection leading the company to audit its practices.

Watchdog Suggests DOJ Break Up Google
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Depending on how you look at it, Google’s either in a whole lot of trouble, or it’s gotten a lucky break.  The consumer advocacy group Consumer Watchdog went after the search giant again today, calling for the Department of Justice to take action, but arguably went too far by suggesting that the company be broken up.