25 Jul 2013

Historic Step for Patient Safety & Victims’ Rights

We just wanted to let you know that we have filed a ballot measure that has been 37 years in the making. If we collect about 750,000 valid signatures, voters will have a chance to adjust for inflation a three and a half decade-old cap on the value of a

11 Jul 2013

Hall of Famer Speaks Out In Bee On His Family’s Tragedy And Patient Safety

The war over patient safety is heating up in Sacramento. Yesterday, Pulitizer Prize winning Los Angeles Times columnist Mike Hiltzik wrote a cut-to-the-heart of it column shredding the phony arguments of those resisting the patient safety reforms Bob Pack and Consumer Watchdog have been fighting for all year. Hiltzik said,

25 Jun 2013

Top Ten Dangerous Doctors Are Poster Children for Patient Safety Reform

Ten doctors that the California Medical Board failed to take off the streets before repeated acts of negligence and patient endangerment harmed or killed their patients make the case for reforming California’s patient safety laws, said Consumer Watchdog today. Consumer Watchdog released a “Top Ten Dangerous Doctors” list of physicians

24 Jun 2013

FTC Probes Google-Waze $1.1 Billion Deal After Consumer Watchdog Cites Antitrust Issues

Less than two weeks ago after Google said it was buying Waze, developer of a mobile mapping application, for a reported $1.1 billion, the Federal Trade Commission has stepped in and said in effect, “wait just a minute here.” Word of the FTC’s antitrust investigation was originally reported over the

09 Jun 2013

Google’s Page Clueless When It Comes to Privacy Concerns About Glass

Google CEO Larry Page simply doesn’t get it when it comes to privacy concerns about the Internet giant’s new computerized eyewear, Google Glass. He made that crystal clear at the annual shareholders’s meeting Thursday. I made my annual trek to Mountain View to attend the Internet giant’s shareholder meeting and

03 Jun 2013

Google Glass Won’t Allow Facial Recognition Apps For Now

Google is apparently reacting to widespread concerns about one of the most privacy invasive and Orwellian potential applications for its computerized eyeglasses known as Google Glass. Late Friday the Internet giant said it won’t — for now — allow facial recognition software on the device. Facial recognition software has pretty

30 May 2013

Give my 6-week-old daughter’s death meaning

My baby Mia died in a hospital at just 6 weeks of age from whooping cough in the middle of a whooping cough epidemic because doctors didn’t give her a simple test. A 38-year-old law says her life is only worth $250,000 – that is the value of a child

30 May 2013

Documents Reveal Toxics Regulator Knew of Exide Safety Risks for Years

New documents reveal that, contrary to its public statements, the state’s top toxics regulator knew about lead and arsenic emissions at Exide Technologies for years but looked the other way, Consumer Watchdog said today. The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) suspended Exide’s operations on April 24 and is now

29 May 2013

Consumer Groups Reject Proposed Google Antitrust Settlement With European Commission

Consumer groups on both sides of the Atlantic have objected to Google’s proposed European antitrust settlement, which relies heavily on labeling Google’s own services and on showing links to rivals in its search results, Consumer Watchdog said today. “Consumer welfare is the ultimate test of any antitrust settlement. Google’s proposed

17 May 2013

Bipartisan Privacy Caucus Asks Important Privacy Questions About Google Glass

Eight members of Congress have sent a letter to Google CEO Larry Page asking tough and necessary questions about the Internet giant’s new wearable computing device, Google Glass. The letter from members of the Bipartisan Privacy Caucus, whose Co-chair is conservative Joe Barton, (R-TX), says, “As members of the Congressional