Consumer Protection

News Release | U.S. PIRG | Consumer Protection

Today is the last day to file a claim against Equifax

Today is the final day that the 147 million consumer-victims of the massive Equifax data breach can file a claim against the credit bureau to get compensation of “up to” $125 each. However, so many consumers have already filed claims that when the compensation fund is divided, victims probably won’t get very much cash. 

News Release | U.S. PIRG Education Fund | Consumer Protection

U.S. PIRG Education Fund files amicus brief in Consumer Financial Protection Bureau case before Supreme Court

Ahead of a U.S. Supreme Court oral argument scheduled for March 3, 2020, U.S. PIRG Education Fund and several other consumer advocacy groups filed an amicus brief today in Seila Law LLC v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The brief argues that long-established principles and Supreme Court precedent support the constitutionality of the CFPB’s leadership structure. The brief also highlights that Congress purposefully created an independent bureau focused on consumer financial protection to avoid a repeat of the 2008 financial crisis.

News Release | U.S. PIRG Education Fund | Consumer Protection, Food

New report: Meat recalls remain high; produce and processed food recalls drop

Contaminated food, from Tyson's chicken strips containing chunks of metal to E. coli-laden romaine lettuce, posed a serious danger to Americans’ health in 2019. U.S. PIRG Education Fund How Safe Is Our Food? report found recalls for produce and processed food have fallen 34 percent since 2016, but meat and poultry recalls are up 65 percent since 2013. 

Coalition Privacy Letter to Congress 14 Jan 2020

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), U.S. PIRG and other leading groups sent letters to key policymakers, including several state Attorneys General, the Federal Trade Commission and all members of the U.S. House and Senate.

Coalition Privacy Letter to FTC 14 Jan 2020

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), U.S. PIRG and other leading groups sent letters to key policymakers, including several state Attorneys General, the Federal Trade Commission and all members of the U.S. House and Senate. 

Coalition Privacy Letter to Texas Attorney General 14 Jan 2020

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), U.S. PIRG and other leading groups sent letters to key policymakers, including several state Attorneys General, the Federal Trade Commission and all members of the U.S. House and Senate. 

Coalition Privacy Letter to California Attorney General 14 Jan 2020

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), U.S. PIRG and other leading groups sent letters to key policymakers, including several state Attorneys General, the Federal Trade Commission and all members of the U.S. House and Senate.

Coalition privacy letter to Oregon Attorney General 14 Jan 2020

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), U.S. PIRG and other leading groups sent letters to key policymakers, including several state Attorneys General, the Federal Trade Commission and all members of the U.S. House and Senate.

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