Consumer Federation Sponsors Legislation to Simplify Cancellations of Automatic Renewals

“It should be as easy to cancel a subscription as it is to sign up for it,” said Richard Holober, Executive Director of the Consumer Federation of California. Read More ›

Trump’s rollback of the investment conflict-of-interest rule is a direct attack on middle-class savings

by Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times

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The [rollback] ostensibly is to give policymakers time to review the rule and revise it if necessary. If you think the result of this process will be to make the rule more worker-friendly and less forgiving for banks, insurance companies and stockbrokers, then you don’t know your Trump. Read More ›

Student loan servicer hit with three government lawsuits in one day

by Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, The Washington Post

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A multiyear investigation into the business practices of Navient and its subsidiaries found widespread breakdowns in servicing, according to the CFPB and two state attorneys general who also filed suit. Read More ›

Senator Bob Wieckowski seeks to end tax write offs for corporate misdeeds

For Immediate Release: January 5, 2017 Contact: Jeff Barbosa (916) 651-4010 Businesses should not get a tax break for malice, oppression and fraud Sacramento – Corporations found by a court to be liable for punitive damages for committing the most egregious violations of law will no longer … Read More ›

Holiday Gift Privacy Guide

This holiday season, make sure that the latest tech gadgets on the market are not invading the privacy of you or someone you love. Some of this season’s more popular home products and children’s toys are equipped with geo-locational tracking, infrared sensors that detect movement, and microphones … Read More ›

Senate Bill 33 (Dodd) Would Give Wells Fargo Victims Their Day in Court

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The Consumer Federation of California is co-sponsoring legislation introduced today by State Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) to give victims of Wells Fargo’s mass fraud the right to bring a case for damages to court. SB 33 would void mandatory arbitration clauses in cases where any organization has … Read More ›

GOP tells FCC to just stop what it’s doing until inauguration

by Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica

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Republicans in Congress have urged the Federal Communications Commission to avoid passing any controversial regulations between now and Donald Trump’s inauguration as president. Read More ›

Big Win: FCC Adopts Landmark Internet Privacy Rules

On October 27, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission adopted privacy protections that place consumers in charge of the sharing of sensitive personal information by broadband Internet access providers. The rules, which are unprecedented in the United States, will stop Internet access providers from misusing customers’ browsing history, … Read More ›

FCC Adopts New Privacy Rule, Limits What ISPs Can Do With Your Data

by Kate Cox, The Consumerist

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“Consumers should not have to be network engineers to understand who is collecting their data, and they should not have to be lawyers to understand if their information is protected. So it is incumbent upon every policy-maker with privacy authority to think about how to make our policies more simple and more consistent,” wrote Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel. Read More ›

DeVry University Must Stop Claiming That 90% Of Grads Get Jobs

by Ashlee Kieler, The Consumerist

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The settlement stems from a Department of Education request that the school provide data and other information to substantiate the 90% claim. After reviewing the information that DeVry provided, the Federal Student Aid office found that the school could not provide evidence to support the claims. Read More ›

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