Public Citizen

Public Citizen is a national, nonprofit consumer advocacy organization founded in 1971 to represent consumer interests in Congress, the executive branch and the courts.

Releases by this organization

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Friday, May 14, 2021
28 Groups Denounce Facebook’s Plan to Extended Data Collection by Pestering WhatsApp Users, Degrading Features
A coalition of 28 groups across the globe today sent a letter to Facebook demanding the company stop intimidating WhatsApp users to accept extended data collection, originally set to take effect on May 15. Instead of forcing users to immediately accept new terms, Facebook is now pestering WhatsApp...
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Thursday, May 13, 2021
Public Citizen Report: Six Reasons Why COVID-19 Vaccine Manufacturing Is Not Meeting Expectations
As massive vaccine shortages cripple the global response to the greatest public health crisis in a century, Public Citizen says unrealistic vaccine manufacturing projections are undermining efforts to develop and implement a viable program to supply the doses needed to save lives and end the...
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Wednesday, May 05, 2021
Biden Administration Reverses Trump’s Self-Defeating Blockage of Temporary COVID-19 Waiver of WTO Intellectual Property Barriers
Today, the Biden administration announced it would support a temporary waiver of intellectual property (IP) barriers to facilitate more production of COVID-19 vaccines and would enter into textual negotiations on a World Trade Organization (WTO) waiver proposal initiated by South Africa and India...
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Wednesday, May 05, 2021
CPSC’s Peloton Treadmill Recall Protects Families
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) today announced a recall of the Peloton Tread+ treadmills. The CPSC issued a safety warning on April 17, urging consumers to stop using the treadmill after receiving complaints of multiple injuries – including injuries to small children and pets –...
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Monday, May 03, 2021
Three Dozen Groups Worldwide Call on Facebook to Restore Privacy Protections for WhatsApp Users
Public Citizen and three dozen other social justice, labor, and digital rights organizations from around the globe are calling on Facebook and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg to reverse course on WhatsApp’s May 15, 2020 privacy policy revisions. Facebook intends for WhatsApp to contribute directly to its...
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Thursday, April 29, 2021
Biden’s 1st 100 Days: Public Citizen Progress Report
Ahead of President Biden’s 100th Day in office, Public Citizen released a progress report outlining the administration’s accomplishments and what must be done in the coming months to continue building a political system that serves the people, rather than corporations and the super-wealthy. “...
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Wednesday, April 28, 2021
200+ Civil Society Organizations Demand Fundamental Transformation of WTO
Today, a powerful coalition of 200+ labor, environmental, development and other civil society organizations from 67 countries sent a letter to heads of state of World Trade Organization (WTO) member countries calling for a “fundamental transformation” of the WTO and the hyperglobalization it has...
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Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Don’t Buy Fossil Fuel Industry’s Spin on Biden’s Oil & Gas Leasing Pause
Today, oil and gas executives are expected to testify before a U.S. Senate committee and criticize the Biden administration’s temporary pause on new oil and gas leases on public lands. Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, released the following statement: “After four years of the Trump...
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Friday, April 16, 2021
36 Groups to Biden and Congress: Reduce Oversized Pentagon Request
Public Citizen and three dozen faith, social justice, immigration, peace and climate groups in a statement called on the Biden administration to reverse course on its proposed $753 billion Pentagon—a notable increase from President Trump’s final enacted budget—and instead propose to reduce overall...
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Tuesday, April 13, 2021
On Eve of WTO COVID Meeting: Director General’s “Third Way” Is Same Old Way of Big Pharma Control Over COVID Vaccine Supply, Rebranded
The World Trade Organization (WTO) Director General (DG) is holding a “Third Way” COVID-19 vaccine confab in Geneva on April 14 th that at best is a distraction from an effective initiative that falls squarely within the WTO’s actual remit. That would be a temporary COVID-19 waiver of patent,...
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