03 Nov 2014

Teach Goliath A Lesson He’ll Never Forget

The insurance companies have spent over $100 million to defeat these pro-consumer propositions. They’ve bought off the politicians and paid for “studies” that predict disaster if these measures pass. And they’ve polluted the airwaves and the internet with outrageous lies about 45 and 46.

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11 Apr 2014

Google’s Terms Of Service: We Can Do Whatever We Want

From time to time it’s instructive to look at an online company’s Terms of Service (TOS) so you understand what you’re agreeing to when you use it.  A look at Google’s TOS is particularly timely because the Internet giant’s legal beagles have revised it and the  new one takes effect

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11 Mar 2014

California DMV’s Autonomous Vehicle Regulations Must Protect Users’ Privacy

I was up in Sacramento today to call on the Department of Motor Vehicles to ensure that the regulations that they are developing to govern the use of autonomous vehicles – popularly known as driverless cars – will protect the operators’ privacy. The company that will be most directly affected

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27 Feb 2014

California Attorney General Takes the Lead In Cybersecurity

Data breaches at major retailers Target and Neiman Marcus during last year’s holiday shopping season affected more than 100 million people and focused new attention on the need to protect person information stored online. While it’s clear that tough data breach legislation must be enacted, California Attorney General Kamala Harris

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25 Feb 2014

Now Even Google Says Don’t Be A “Glasshole”

Looks like even Google is finally figuring out the innate privacy invasive properties of its wearable computing device, Google Glass. The Internet giant has posted a list of do’s and don’t’s on its Glass website that tells “Explorers” — the first group of people to get access to Glass for

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18 Feb 2014

Target Needs to Pay for Targeting Our Privacy

Target is targeting our privacy. There’s a big red bullseye, a target – like the one on the shirt I’m wearing today – that Target and Neiman Marcus, who chose not to show up to answer questions today, have put on us because they haven’t done enough to protect our

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18 Feb 2014

AAA Gets an “F” For Dumping Agents, Leaving Customers in the Lurch

Triple-A has been American drivers’ friend almost since U.S. roads linked the nation together. It has rescued families from flat tires and worse. It has planned millions of family vacations and sold well-regarded auto insurance. It has always skewed toward older drivers and welcomed their devoted renewal of memberships. Its

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07 Feb 2014

Iron Kay — Insurance Companies Pick Fight With Wrong Family

Dan Shea’s Aunt Kay was 83, vibrant and healthy in 2011, when she suffered terrible injuries in a head-on accident. Kay spent five months in the hospital rehabilitating and being repaired with so many metal parts that the family dubbed her “Iron Kay.” Then the real fight began—one that changed

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05 Feb 2014

Keystone XL Builder Has Explosive Problems

TransCanada, the company that would build and own the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada’s tar sand fields to the U.S. Gulf Coast, has dialed up its lobbying in Congress after a U.S. State Department report that favored the pipeline. The giant oil pipeline is perfectly clean and safe, say

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16 Jan 2014

Dennis Quaid Calls On Californians To Support Pack Patient Safety Act

“We were lucky to have a happy ending,” actor Dennis Quaid told a crowd at Consumer Watchdog’s Rage for Justice Awards in 2009. He was talking about the near-fatal overdose that his twins experienced at birth. They were given one thousand times the amount of blood thinner they were supposed

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