John M. Simpson
John M. Simpson is an American consumer rights advocate and former journalist. Since 2005, he has worked for Consumer Watchdog, a nonpartisan nonprofit public interest group, as the lead researcher on Inside Google, the group's effort to educate the public about Google's dominance over the internet and the need for greater online privacy.
Consumer Watchdog Joins Coalition of 22 Consumer and Privacy Groups Calling on FTC to End Google’s Apps Store’s Exploitation of Kids
Consumer Watchdog has joined a coalition of 22 consumer and public health advocacy groups calling on the Federal Trade Commission to stop Google’s app...
Landmark California Consumer Privacy Act Would Have Let People Block Facebook’s Sharing of Private Data, Consumer Watchdog says
LOS ANGELES – Facebook’s latest revealed privacy invasion could have been thwarted if the landmark California Consumer Privacy Act were in effect and the...
Google’s Second Failure to Protect Data Security on Its Social Network Shows Need for California Privacy Law
LOS ANGELES -- Google’s revelation today that its social network Google+ suffered a second major security lapse in less than a year makes clear...
Consumer Watchdog Calls On Pelosi To Stop Lame-Duck Preemption of New California Privacy and Auto Safety Laws
Los Angeles, CA – Consumer advocates today called on House Minority Leader and Speaker-elect Nancy Pelosi to stop an effort by the auto industry...
Consumer Watchdog Warns Continuing Revolving Door of Senior Government Auto Safety Officials to Robot Car Makers Undercuts Public’s Trust in Regulations
LOS ANGELES – Consumer Watchdog today warned that an ongoing revolving door between top government auto safety officials and the manufacturers of autonomous vehicles...
Massive Marriott Data Breach Shows Need for California Consumer Privacy Act
LOS ANGELES -- Marriott International’s massive data breach in which the personal information of up to 500 million guests could have been stolen shows the...
Consumer Watchdog Joins Broad Coalition Telling Senate to Put Brakes on Flawed Robot Car Bill
LOS ANGELES – Consumer Watchdog has joined an alliance of more than 75 local, state and national organizations representing safety, law enforcement and first...
U.S., European Consumer Groups Call on FTC to Investigate Google for Deceptively Tracking Android Phone Users
An association of more than 75 consumer groups on both sides of the Atlantic is asking the US Federal Trade Commission to investigate Google...
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Consumer Watchdog Urges California Supreme Court to Grant Review in Land Use Approval Corruption Case
Think you’ve heard everything? Under a recent California Court...
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CA Dept. of Insurance Failed to Search For Records Linked To Government Corruption Scandal
The non-profit Consumer Watchdog has filed an appeal in its California Public Records Act (“PRA”) lawsuit against Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara and the California Department of Insurance.
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Doctors Save $2.8 Million After Challenge to Malpractice Insurance Rate Hike
Los Angeles, CA – In response to Consumer Watchdog’s...
City of LA Must Stop Approving Digital Ad Contracts That Violate Privacy Laws
Today Consumer Watchdog called on the city’s new leadership to address a bus shelter contract approved by the City Council that tracks people’s location via digital ads on our public sidewalks.
CA Privacy Board OKs Landmark Personal Data Regulations, Some Key Protections Left Out
Los Angeles, CA—After nearly a year of rulemaking and...
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