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2017

December

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  • We all have a stake in the future of the CFPB. Polls consistently show that the CFPB is that rarest form of regulatory agency: one that — after Americans learn more about it — is supported by broad majorities of people belonging to both parties (80…
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  • CVS agrees to buy Aetna in $69 billion deal. Pharmacy giant CVS Health has agreed to buy Aetna in a $69 billion blockbuster acquisition that could rein in health care costs and transform its 9,700 pharmacy storefronts into community medical hubs for primary care and…
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  • Mick Mulvaney is now one of the most powerful bureaucrats. The White House budget director is, for now, also the acting director of a powerful financial regulator, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. At the CFPB, he can single-handedly cut the agency’s budget and decide whether to…

November

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  • Consumer Action INSIDER - December 2017. The December 2017 issue of Consumer Action's monthly newsletter updates readers on last month's National Consumer Empowerment Conference; gives housing agencies and their staff an overview of a valuable HUD resource; cautions against purchasing fraudulent "knock off bags" and other luxury products; introduces our latest annual report and more.
  • A cybercriminal's guide to protecting your identity. In September, Equifax announced a major security breach that exposed the personal information for about half of U.S. adults.  If you haven't detected any suspicious activity yet, it doesn't mean you're in the clear. The…
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  • Corte Suprema impondría límites a rastreo de celulares. Preocupada por la erosión de la privacidad ante los avances tecnológicos, la Corte Suprema señaló el miércoles que podría imponer restricciones a la capacidad del gobierno para rastrear los movimientos de los estadounidenses...  
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  • Who loses if Trump guts consumer watchdog?. If you have a credit card, mortgage, payday loan or do any type of consumer financing, expect to be hurt by President Donald Trump’s plan to gut the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau — a controversial…
  • The CFPB's giant database of consumer complaints. For the last several years, anyone with a gripe about a bank, mortgage lender or student loan servicer has had a place to go.  The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has maintained a giant public database…
  • Dueling officials vye to lead federal consumer watchdog. The battle over who will lead a prominent federal consumer watchdog agency escalated Monday, with dueling leaders each claiming control before a federal judge during a chaotic day of public appearances and maneuvering. By the…
  • Facebook is using AI to try to prevent suicide. Facebook is using artificial intelligence to address one of its darkest challenges: stopping suicide broadcasts. The aim of the artificial intelligence program is to find and review alarming posts sooner, since time is a key factor in…
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  • Cops, cell phone and privacy at the Supreme Court. How hard should it be for the police to get hold of reams of data showing every place you’ve been for months? The Supreme Court will confront that question on Wednesday when it hears oral…
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