• Consumer bureau director resigns at Biden's request. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Kathy Kraninger resigned at the request of the newly sworn-in President Biden, clearing the way for his nominee to lead the powerful regulatory agency. Kraninger’s resignation gives
  • Debt collection (Winter 2020-2021). In this issue, Consumer Action helps consumers learn how to exercise their debt collection rights: to demand information about a debt, stop a debt collector from contacting them, and avoiding resurrecting debts that are too old to be sued over. The issue also discusses other key aspects of the laws and regulations designed to protect people being targeted by debt collectors and includes sample validation request and communications preferences letters you can customize and send to debt collectors.
  • FAA approves airport coronavirus screenings. In late December, the Federal Aviation Administration gave its approval for one airport in Iowa to use coronavirus relief money to check passengers for coronavirus symptoms. The decision opens the door for the nation&rsquo
  • Biden choices for CFPB, SEC pivot to robust enforcement. President-elect Joe Biden is set to nominate Rohit Chopra, the former student loan ombudsman for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, to lead the consumer finance agency. Biden will tap Gary Gensler, the former chairman of
  • Millions flock to Telegram and Signal apps. Over the past week, tens of millions of people have downloaded Signal and Telegram, making them the two hottest apps in the world. Signal allows messages to be sent with “end-to-end encryption,” meaning
  • How Parler became a test of free speech. The app, a favorite of conservatives and Trump fans, has renewed a debate about who holds power over online speech after the tech giants yanked their support for it and left it fighting for survival.
  • The "sperm kings" have a problem: too much demand. Sperm banks have seen a record-breaking increase in demand over the past several months. While more people want sperm, fewer are donating it during the pandemic, and this supply shortage has left many prospective parents

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