Consumer Protection

Do Not Track gets another push

By | Jon Fox
Consumer Advocate

FTC tells congress of need for meaningful Do Not Track policies.

New FCC rules to prevent cramming on landline phone bills

By | Jon Fox
Consumer Advocate

FCC announces new rules to stop “Cramming” on land lines, ignores wireless phone lines.

News Release | CALPIRG | Consumer Protection, Food

CALPIRG Calls on USDA to Increase Testing for Mad Cow

The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) statement confirming the presence of an infected cow with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) - commonly referred to as “mad cow disease” - in California reinforces the need for increased animal testing.

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.

In the 175 days that the U.S. House of Representatives was in session during 2011, it passed more than 190 anti-regulatory bills. Congress put profits over public safety and they are still at it.

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