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Consumer Watchdog Welcomes Larry Page as Google’s CEO; Hopes Move Means Internet Giant Will Return to Founders’ Values

SANTA MONICA, Calif. Jan. 20, 2011 Larry Page

Eric Schmidt

Eric Schmidt John M. Simpson

Consumer Watchdog looks forward to engaging with Page as he assumes his new role and discussing consumer issues like protecting consumers’ online privacy.

Sergey Brin

During Schmidt’s watch, for instance, Google committed one of the largest privacy breaches ever, when its Street View cars sucked up private data from Wi-Fi networks in 30 countries around the world. The Wi-Spy debacle is under investigation by the FCC and is also the subject of a probe by more than 30 states attorneys general. Congress should require Schmidt to testify under oath about what happened, Consumer Watchdog said.

"Schmidt used to claim that Google put its money where its values were," said Simpson, "In fact while Schmidt had his hand on the helm, values were changed to go where the money was."

Consumer Watchdog has been working to protect consumers’ online privacy rights and educate them about the issues through its Inside Google Project. The goal has been to convince Google of the social and economic importance of giving consumers control over their online lives. By persuading Google, the Internet’s leading company, to adopt adequate guarantees, its policies could become the gold standard for privacy for the industry, potentially improving the performance of the entire online sector.

Consumer Watchdog Washington, DC Santa Monica, CA. .  Visit our new Google Privacy and Accountability Project website:

SOURCE Consumer Watchdog

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