Welcome to Consumer Reports Advocacy

Consumer Reports is an independent nonprofit organization that works for a fair, safe and transparent marketplace.

Since we were founded as Consumers Union in 1936, we have advocated for the rights of all consumers. Now, we are united under the Consumer Reports name, bringing together our trusted testing, research, journalism, and advocacy.

We hope you will partner with us and our six million members for a better world.

Consumer Reports Web Watch

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Consumer Reports Web Watch was, until 2009, the Internet integrity division of Consumer Reports. The project was funded by grants from the Pew Charitable Trusts, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the Open Society Institute.

We assisted Consumer Reports’ editorial division in evaluating the credibility of Web sites, we investigated Web sites on behalf of consumers, and we advocated for consumer-focused Internet policy and governance. While ConsumerWebWatch.org is no longer a stand alone website, the work is still being done.

Consumer Reports has incorporated the webwatch research role into its regular reports published on ConsumerReports.org. For example, if you want to garner a little privacy on Facebook, this video shows you how. As the web morphs into cell phone content, and new devices emerge constantly, Consumer Reports stays abreast and gives people the latest things to watch for, as we did in this panel discussion of privacy and security in the smart phone era.

HearUsNow.org handles advocacy on behalf of internet consumers, covering such issues as web tracking, data mining,and emerging issues around bundled services, “crammed” charges, data overages and much more.

For the full list of reports, research and articles published on ConsumerWebWatch.org, as well as more recent articles representing our continuing work on these topics, click here for news and here for research.

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