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U.S. PIRG and Leading Groups Support Findings of Norwegian Privacy Report

By | Ed Mierzwinski
Senior Director, Federal Consumer Program

In support of a report by colleagues from the Norwegian Consumer Council on whether the data sharing and privacy practices of a number of dating and other smartphone apps were in compliance with European privacy rules (GDPR) or the new California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), U.S. PIRG and other leading groups sent joint letters to key policymakers, including the California, Oregon and TexaS Attorneys General, the Federal Trade Commission and all members of the U.S. House and Senate. 

CFPB Appoints Task "Farce" On Consumer Law

By | Ed Mierzwinski
Senior Director, Federal Consumer Program

Last week, CFPB Director Kathy Kraninger appointed four lawyers and professors to a "Taskforce on Federal Consumer Law." To my knowledge, none have worked for consumer protection organizations yet all have worked as industry consultants or been aligned with industry views, although all have previous government experience. I am aware of several distinguished professors with CFPB experience who were rejected. Incredibly, the announcement of this better-described "Task Farce" claimed inspiration from a distinguished bi-partisan commission established by the Consumer Credit Protection Act in 1968." 

CALPIRG-backed bills going into effect January 1, 2020

By | Emily Rusch
Executive Director

The state legislature has given Californians a number of good reasons to ring in the new year. Starting Jan. 1, Golden State residents will have more tools to avoid toxic chemicals, predatory loans and unwanted data collection and manipulation. California will also have more options to hold companies accountable for failing to adequately protect consumers and more choices for registering and voting in elections. Over the past three years, CALPIRG advocated for all these changes in the legislative process and, together with our allies, we prevailed despite staunch industry opposition in many cases. Here’s a digest of some of the game-changing new laws, supported by CALPIRG, going into effect on New Year’s Day. 

CALPIRG requests labeling for products with non-replaceable batteries

By | Kevin O'Reilly
Advocate, Right to Repair Campaign

CalRecycle is holding a workshop on labeling requirements for products with batteries. CALPIRG wrote to request that consumer products be labeled as to whether or not the battery is replaceable, as too many modern products are made with no way to replace the battery making them essentially disposable. Read our letter. 

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