Jon Leibowitz’ Legacy at the FTC: Irrelevance in the Digital Age?

By: Friday November 30, 2012 1:06 pm

It’s expected that Liebowitz will leave the FTC by the end of the year, and he’d like to wrap up the Google antitrust case before he does. But if he decides that his swan song will be another softball settlement for Google, his legacy at the FTC would likely be the agency’s irrelevance in the digital age.


FTC Commissioner J. Thomas Rosch: FTC Commissioners Never Intended for Google to Retain Hacked Safari Data

By: Tuesday November 20, 2012 10:18 am

According to Rosch, when the FTC wrote the settlement agreement, it was neither contemplated, discussed nor intended that Google be able to retain the data.

Judge Questions Proposed Google-FTC Settlement

By: Friday November 16, 2012 5:28 pm

Judge Susan Illston said in court today that she had questions about provisions of the proposed FTC settlement with Google which allows them to retain and profit from the data they collected by hacking Apple’s Safari browser.

In 2011 Google was caught circumventing privacy protections in order to place tracking cookies on the computers of up to 190 million Safari users worldwide, contrary to what they claimed in their privacy policy.

Consumer Watchdog is challenging the settlement, which also includes a record fine of $22.5 million and allows Google to deny liability.

Is the Softball Safari Settlement a Preview of the FTC’s Google Antitrust Case? An Interview with Gary Reback

By: Thursday November 15, 2012 1:10 pm

I had the opportunity to speak with Silicon Valley antitrust lawyer Gary Reback yesterday, who filed the amicus brief on behalf of Consumer Watchdog opposing the proposed settlement between Google and the FTC over the Safari hack. He will be in court tomorrow presenting arguments before U.S. District Court Judge Susan Illston.

David vs. Goliath: Consumer Watchdog Gets Their Day in Court With Google

By: Tuesday November 13, 2012 11:41 am

On Friday, Consumer Watchdog will get their day in court as they oppose the proposed settlement between Google and the FTC over the Safari browser hack, wherein Google allegedly violated the consent decree they signed with the FTC in the “Google Buzz” case.

Top Ten Reasons California Newspapers Say We Should Vote No on Prop 33

By: Wednesday October 24, 2012 5:20 am

Consumer Watchdog Campaign today compiled ten of the most compelling reasons Californians should vote NO on Proposition 33, as reported by newspapers and editorial boards across the state.

Health Insurance Rate Review Will Be on California Ballot in 2014

By: Friday August 24, 2012 5:36 pm

In two years the voters of California will get to decide whether or not to give state regulators the right to review and reject unreasonable health insurance premium increases. The California Secretary of State recently announced that Consumer Watchdog succeeded in gathering the roughly half a million valid signatures to qualify their initiative for the November ballot in 2014.

Consumer Watchdog’s Jamie Court Accuses Anti-Privacy Business Blogger of Being Google Shill on CNBC

By: Friday August 24, 2012 3:10 pm

Now that Google has admitted in court documents that it has paid “so many commentators it’s impossible to list them all,” it looks like everyone’s a suspect. On CNBC, Consumer Watchdog’s Jamie Court suggested Business Insider’s Nicholas Carlson might be on the Google dole when the latter made the somewhat bizarre claim that consumers don’t care about their privacy on the internet.

Health Insurance Rate Review Likely to Make California Ballot

By: Saturday May 19, 2012 11:00 am

This November the voters of California will likely decide whether or not to give their state regulators the ability to approve or deny health insurance premium increases. Today the group Consumer Watchdog turned in over 800,000 signatures for their ballot initiative which should be more than enough to qualify.

California Group Looking to Put Public Option on the Ballot

By: Thursday August 25, 2011 12:00 pm

The California based organization, Consumer Watchdog, is looking to put a measure on the 2012 November ballot in California that would create a public health insurance option in the state and provide state regulators more control of premiums.

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