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Watchdog groups are organizations that are active in monitoring the activities of a government or an industry and attempt to mobilize public support by detecting actions that go against public interest. These groups can be large international organizations or local groups. They can be focused on consumers, corporations, the media, the environment, telecommunications, or the government, for example. They might focus on data breaches, cybersecurity, or privacy violations, and they can be charity-based, nonprofit, partisan, or nonpartisan groups. Often, their mission is to monitor the branches of the state or the federal government for fraud, abuse, or corruption. For example, Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting is a media watchdog group. Watchdog groups that focus on political issues include the National Rifle Association, and groups that ...

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