Consumer Protection

LA Times highlights failure to provide cheap broadband Internet

By | Jon Fox
Consumer Advocate

LA Times columnist David Lazarus highlights the fact that the USA is falling behind the rest of the world in providing access to low coast quality Internet service.

CFPB Release new tools to help students manage debt

By | Jon Fox
Consumer Advocate

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) launches a beta version of the Financial Aid Comparison Shopper - an interactive online tool designed to help students plan for the costs of higher education.

Avoiding Identity Theft

CALPIRG provides consumers with tips on what you can do to avoid becoming a victim of Identity Theft, credit card safety, protecting personal information, securing your mail, staying safe online, using a smartphone wisely, and other Identity Theft resources.

FTC Supports Do Not Track, Meekly

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released today a new report calling on Internet companies to put in place a "Do Not Track" system that would give consumers more control over their personal data online by the end of the year . The FTC also called on Congress to pass privacy legislation that would allow consumers to see how their online data is collected, used and sold, and give consumers the ability to stop such practices. 
 

CFPB launches new consumer Q&A resource page

By | Jon Fox
Consumer Advocate

The CFPB launches a new interactive online tool that helps consumers find answers to their basic financial questions.

Paying Taxes, Safe and Sound

By | Jon Fox
Consumer Advocate

With less than a month left to “Tax Day”, that special time of year when taxes are due, CALPIRG releases a new Questions & Answer guide to paying taxes.

50 Years Ago This Week, JFK Ushered in Modern Consumer Protection Era

By | Ed Mierzwinski
Senior Director, Federal Consumer Program

I've got a new column at Huffington Post, "50 Years Ago This Week, JFK Ushered in Modern Consumer Protection Era." I discuss President Kennedy's visionary "Special Message to the Congress on Protecting the Consumer Interest" announced on March 15, 1962. He declared that consumers have rights and government should protect them. Read the full column after the jump.

FTC Releases Top Complaints for 2011, Identity Theft Tops the List

By | Jon Fox
Consumer Advocate

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released its list of top consumer complaints received by the agency in 2011. Unsurprisingly, identity theft complaints topped the list.

As web giants amass more and more information about consumers for behavioral targeting and even "social discrimination" -- which can include differential pricing for the same product or the use of web tracking data and falsely-flagged websites to promote certain brandname drug use -- the White House has called for a privacy bill of rights. Companies and powerful industry lobbies seeking to keep those rights weak simultaneously rolled out their own "Do Not Track Us Sometimes" button.

AP: Mobile applications to post privacy policies before installation under California agreement

“Having privacy policies is step one to protecting consumers’ personal information,” Jon Fox said in a statement. “Step two is making sure the privacy policies are strong.”

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