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Some Tips To Protect Internet Privacy

By | Ed Mierzwinski
Senior Director, Federal Consumer Program

You may have heard that Congress just voted to take away many of your online broadband privacy protections. After a little background, we will give you some tips on how to protect what’s left.

U.S. PIRG Joins Legal Brief Defending CFPB Constitutionality

Attached is a brief, co-written by PIRG Litigation Director Mike Landis, filed today in the DC Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals, filed on behalf of U.S. PIRG Education Fund and other leading groups in support of the CFPB's constitutionality. The full circuit will hear the case en banc on May 24th, after it vacated its own 2-1 panel decision holding the CFPB's structure is unconstitutional. We filed an amicus also at the panel level. We, along with several other consumer and civil rights groups, several members of Congress and several state Attorneys General, had unsuccessfully requested party-intervenor status in the case at the panel and en banc levels.

Consumer Protections on Wall Street

Congress Votes Against Consumers and Internet Privacy

By | Kara Cook-Schultz
Director, Campaign to Ban Roundup

Yesterday, the House voted to gut online consumer protections, and if the president signs the legislation, internet service providers will be able to use and sell consumers’ personal information without their permission.

Copy of U.S. PIRG's Complaint, Lawsuit over FTC Action on Unsafe Cars

You’d think that a car dealer couldn’t say that a used car is “safe” if that car is subject to a safety recall (like the Takata airbag recall or the GM ignition switch recall). But, because of a recent action taken by the Federal Trade Commission, used car dealers can do just that. In response, U.S. PIRG and other leading car safety advocacy groups—Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety (CARS) and the Center for Auto Safety—have sued the FTC and are asking the court to invalidate the FTC’s action. The complaint is available below.

Copy of U.S. PIRG's Complaint, Lawsuit over FTC Action on Unsafe Cars

You’d think that a car dealer couldn’t say that a used car is “safe” if that car is subject to a safety recall (like the Takata airbag recall or the GM ignition switch recall). But, because of a recent action taken by the Federal Trade Commission, used car dealers can do just that. In response, U.S. PIRG and other leading car safety advocacy groups—Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety (CARS) and the Center for Auto Safety—have sued the FTC and are asking the court to invalidate the FTC’s action. The complaint is available below.

News Release | U.S. PIRG | Consumer Protection

PIRG Applauds CFPB’s Action Against Experian For Practice That Deceives Consumers

Yesterday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) took disciplinary action against the credit bureau Experian and its subsidiaries for claiming the credit scores it marketed and provided to consumers were used to make credit decisions when in fact they were not.

Student, Veterans, Other Groups Defend Gainful Employment Rule, Other Student Protections To Congress

By | Chris Lindstrom
Senior Director, Campus Consumer Protection Campaign

We joined The Institute for College Access and Success, the AFL-CIO, Americans for Financial Reform, Consumers Union, Student Veterans of America, Veterans for Common Sense and a total of 53 organizations in a letter to the Congress opposing any effort to delay, roll back, or repeal the Department of Education's gainful employment rule, 'borrower defense' and college accountability rules, or the ban on incentive compensation for encouraging enrollment in for-profit schools.

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

Guilty Plea By Volkswagen is an Important Step, Jail Time Should Come Next

Statement by Mike Litt, Consumer Program Advocate at U.S. PIRG Education Fund, on today’s guilty plea by Volkswagen in its criminal court case for emission violations.

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