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Apple's slow expansion of repair options no replacement for Right to Repair

U.S. PIRG Right to Repair Campaign Director repsonds to Apple's announcement that more than 140 companies are joining with 700 or so locations in its Independent Repair Provider (IRP) program. These shops, unlike most repair shops, will be permitted to purchase Apple parts and service tools, and the move is seen as a response to pressure from Right to Repair. 

News Release | U.S. PIRG | COVID-19, Democracy

New CDC guidelines offer recommendations for safe voting during COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated its guidance for voting safely during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The agency’s recommendations center around how to reduce dangerous crowding at polling places and how to minimize the risk of infection when voting.

News Release | U.S. PIRG Education Fundn | COVID-19

Proprietary medical device repair harms hospitals, could threaten patients, during COVID-19 pandemic

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is putting incredible stress on the U.S. medical system, including the equipment that is essential to diagnose and treat patients, such as ventilators. As that equipment is pressed into round-the-clock use, biomedical repair technicians face increasing pressure to maintain and repair all that equipment. However, in too many cases, manufacturers limit access to the essential tools and information these repair experts need. A new report by the U.S. PIRG Education Fund, Hospital Repair Restrictions, details the challenges that medical professionals face as a result of device manufacturers setting up barriers to repair, and outlines steps to take to help hospitals.

News Release | U.S. PIRG | Financial Reform

CFPB green-lights predatory payday loans amid COVID-19 pandemic

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) finalized a rule Tuesday that guts critical payday lending protections. These protections, including the requirement that lenders check if a customer can repay the high interest rates of payday loans before borrowing, were set to go into effect last year. But the Bureau’s new leadership delayed implementation of the protections and pursued rollbacks of their core provisions.

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