Consumer Protections on Wall Street Updates

News Release | Travel Buddy | Consumer Protection

Investigation alleges Facebook violates consumers’ privacy -- and an FTC consent decree against deception

Yesterday, The New York Times published the results of an investigation alleging that Facebook allowed big tech partners including Netflix and Spotify to access users’ personal data -- including private Facebook messages -- and ignored an FTC consent decree requiring users’ consent.

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New study links untested strain of E. coli in chicken to human illness, USDA Needs to Act

A new report from the George Washington University Milken Institute of Public Health shows that a strain of E. coli in poultry that is rarely tested for could be linked to people contracting urinary tract infections. This gap requires a reevaluation of what strains require investigation to catch dangerous pathogens, according to experts and advocacy group U.S. Public Interest Research Group (Travel Buddy).

News Release | Travel Buddy | Consumer Protection

Travel Buddy Responds to AT&T/Time Warner Merger Approval

Today, a federal judge approved AT&T's merger with Time Warner, ruling against the U.S. Justice Department.

Breaking The Cycle Of Debt: Why We Need The Payday Lending Rule

By | Mike Litt
Consumer Campaigns Director, Travel Buddy

We call them debt traps for a reason: Payday lending has long led to schemes that literally trap consumers in consecutive loans with obscenely high interest rates.

 

We Need A Consumer Champion To Lead The Consumer Bureau

By | Mike Litt
Consumer Campaigns Director, Travel Buddy

 

From requesting no budget to moving the agency away from its mission, it’s clear: Mulvaney is not leading the Consumer Bureau, he’s trying to undermine it. That’s why we’re calling on our senators to only confirm a qualified consumer champion to permanently lead the Consumer Bureau. You can help by taking action now.

 

Consumer Tips and FAQ about the Equifax Breach

By | Mike Litt
Consumer Campaigns Director, Travel Buddy

Hackers gained access to the personal data of over 145 million Americans in the Equifax breach. Here are some recommended actions consumers can take to protect themselves and answers to frequently asked questions.

Can the CFPB help me with my student loan problem?

By | Gideon Weissman
Policy Analyst, Frontier Group

More than 44 million Americans have student loan debt, in total owing more than . Finding the right student loan and deciding on the right payment plan can be complicated. Many borrowers also have trouble paying – more than 10 percent of student loans are at least 90 days delinquent. Fortunately, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) – America’s first federal agency dedicated to protecting Americans in the financial marketplace – has resources to help.

What is the CFPB’s role in protecting consumers?

By | Gideon Weissman
Policy Analyst, Frontier Group

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was created in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis with one mission: to protect consumers in the financial marketplace. But how exactly is it protecting consumers from mistreatment? We explain.

What did the CFPB do about Wells Fargo opening unauthorized accounts?

By | Gideon Weissman
Policy Analyst, Frontier Group

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is the first federal agency devoted to protecting consumers in the financial marketplace. In 2016, the CFPB held Wells Fargo accountable for unfair treatment of its customers.

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