• Maine's strict new internet privacy protection. The new law, which goes into effect on July 1, 2020, would require internet service providers to ask for permission before they sell or share any of their customers’ data to a third party. The law
  • A watchdog whitewashed its oversight of FEMA’s disaster response. After catastrophic floodwaters submerged wide stretches of southern Louisiana in 2016, displaced homeowners and officials criticized the federal recovery effort as dangerously slow, leaving thousands of people homeless for months. The watchdog concluded that FEMA&rsquo


  • N.Y. regulator to investigate exposure of mortage documents. A New York State financial regulator is investigating a security vulnerability at First American Financial Corporation, a title insurance company, that exposed an estimated 885 million records related to mortgage deals. The inquiry, by the Department
  • The Robocall Scourge (Spring 2019). Robocalling is a huge and growing problem. In this issue of Consumer Action News, we report on why the problem is so pervasive and explain new ways companies, regulators and Congress are trying to address the problem. We also name some services and apps that might help you control the calls.
  • The pros and cons of working in retirement. Some people go back to work after retirement because they need the money or want to add some structure or stimulation to their lifestyle. Other workers can’t wait to step off the treadmill
  • There's only one way to stop predatory lending. Perhaps the most obvious lesson from the 2008 financial crisis was the need for stricter supervision of mortgage lending. But it seems that it was not clear enough, because the Trump administration is now proposing to
  • States want to help low-income workers save more. Many lower-income workers face growing economic instability. To help them, state policymakers are trying to make it easier for people to save . A few states such as California and Oregon have already started
  • How to prepare for the next recession. When the economy goes south, the United States traditionally has two ways of dealing with it. The Federal Reserve cuts interest rates. And Congress passes spending increases or tax cuts to try to put more

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