Category Archives: Latest In Consumer News

State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson pushes to end “pink tax”

Feb. 18, 2020 – Lindsay Zuchelli, KEYT ABC Channel 3 – State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson is pushing to end the so-called “Pink Tax.” The senator, whose district covers Santa Barbara County and part of Ventura County, held a news conference Tuesday in Sacramento alongside Congresswoman Jackie Speier, … Read More ›

Who’s looking at your DNA data? California lawmaker introduces genetic privacy bill

Andrew Sheeler, Sacramento Bee – Feb. 14, 2020. A proposed California law would prohibit DNA testing companies like Ancestry and 23andMe from sharing customer DNA information with outside parties without their consent. https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article240227106.html

U.S. charges 4 members of Chinese military in Equifax breach

Feb. 10, 2020 – Associated Press Four members of the Chinese military have been charged with breaking into the networks of the Equifax credit reporting firm and stealing the personal information of tens of millions of Americans, the Justice Department said Monday, blaming Beijing for one of … Read More ›

‘Being poor in America is a full-time job’: The astronomical cost of banking while poor

Feb. 6, 2020. Paul Constant, Business Insider – The commutes of poor Americans are often longer than those of middle-class Americans. Buying less expensive, low-quality products — say, a cheap pair of boots with cardboard soles — often results in a larger outlay of money over time than a slightly more … Read More ›

Evenflo, Maker of the “Big Kid” Booster Seat, Put Profits Over Child Safety

February 6, 2020. Daniela Porat and Patricia Callahan, Propublica.Internal video of side-impact tests shows that children could be injured or killed in Evenflo’s “Big Kid” booster seats. But the company continued to market them as “side-impact tested.” https://www.propublica.org/article/evenflo-maker-of-the-big-kid-booster-seat-put-profits-over-child-safety

Salesforce Data Breach Suit Cites California Privacy Law

February 4, 2020. Daniel Stoller, Bloomberg Law – Salesforce.com Inc. and a children’s clothing company face data-breach allegations in a federal court lawsuit that is among the first to cite California’s landmark privacy law since it took effect Jan. 1. https://news.bloomberglaw.com/privacy-and-data-security/salesforce-data-breach-suit-cites-california-privacy-law

Forced Arbitration: A Clause for Concern

By Scott Medintz, Consumer Reports Jan. 30, 2020 – Mandatory arbitration deprives consumers of important options if a product is faulty or harmful. https://www.consumerreports.org/mandatory-binding-arbitration/forced-arbitration-clause-for-concern/

The gap between rich and poor is especially wide in California.

January 2020 PPIC.org – While California’s economy outperforms the nation’s, its level of income inequality exceeds that of all but five states.  https://www.ppic.org/publication/income-inequality-in-california/?utm_source=ppic&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=bulletin

The Evil List. Which tech companies are really doing the most harm?

Slate.com Jan. 15, 2020 Slate.com Jan. 15, 2020 – Maybe it was fake news, Russian trolls, and Cambridge Analytica. Or Travis Kalanick’s conniption in an Uber. Or the unmasking of Theranos. Or all those Twitter Nazis, and racist Google results, and conspiracy theories on YouTube. https://slate.com/technology/2020/01/evil-list-tech-companies-dangerous-amazon-facebook-google-palantir.html?utm_source=pocket&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=pockethits

How secrecy in U.S. courts hobbles the regulators meant to protect the public

Mike Spector, Jaimi Dowdell and Benjamin Lesser. Reuters, Jan 16,2020 Something wasn’t right with the Rhino. Reports started trickling in to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in 2005 of people being killed or injured in the Yamaha Motor Co off-road vehicles when they tipped over. https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/usa-courts-secrecy-regulators/ 

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