SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog’s top-rated mobile application is now available on phones using the Android operating system, which will allow consumers to petition Congress for stronger online privacy laws on Google’s own platform, the group announced today. The app’s featured action is an email to US Senators in support of “Do Not Track Me” online legislation introduced last month by Senator John Rockefeller.
The five-star-rated version of the app for Apple iPhones and iPads has over 30,000 users. The expansion to Google’s Android phones should double the app’s audience, noted Consumer Watchdog, because half of all app downloads occur at Google Play.
“It’s fitting that consumers can now use Google’s own technology to convey their demands for stronger online privacy,” said John M. Simpson, Director of Consumer Watchdog’s Privacy Project.
In addition to grassroots action, the app also gives consumers a way to submit complaints, stay informed and be engaged on the consumer issues of the day.
The Consumer Watchdog app features:
1) Live updates of Blogs, News, Videos and Podcasts – Stay up-to-date on breaking consumer protection news and ongoing Consumer Watchdog campaigns.
2) Real-time Consumer Complaints – Report problems and complaints about companies and products as rip-offs occur, and view complaints that match your own.
3) Mobile Action Center – With weekly Consumer Watchdog actions, contact a member of Congress or email a corporate CEO.
4) Consumer Watchdog DogHouse – Satirize a politician, company or faulty product and share it on social media. Nine templates let you literally put a politician in the Dog House, set corporate executives’ “pants on fire” or point out a lobbyist who’s swimming in cash.â€¨â€¨
Google was recently discovered sending personal information to app developers about people who buy apps through Google Play and pay for them with Google Wallet. Google quietly quit the practice after Consumer Watchdog filed a formal complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.