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Consumer Protections

Who's Looking Out for Consumers in the Sharing Economy?

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 07.05.2014 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

The only thing surprising about Airbnb's ugly confrontation with New York's attorney general is that it took six years to get to this point. Despite o...

FTC Hits Data Brokers For Bad Reports, False Sex Offender Claims

AP | JENNIFER C. KERR | Posted 04.10.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's tough enough landing a job these days. So imagine if that background check provided to your potential employer wrongly ident...

Zuckerberg's Embrace of Anonymity Marks Shift in Attitudes Toward Privacy

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 04.06.2014 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

The king of social media is finally recognizing that privacy is not just some cultural relic to be engineered away.

Elizabeth Warren Accuses Senate GOP Of 'Keeping The Game Rigged'

The Huffington Post | Chelsea Kiene | Posted 03.14.2013 | Politics

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) blasted Senate Republicans on Thursday for continuing to stall Richard Cordray’s nomination to lead the Consumer Fin...

The Bike: A Well-Rounded Invention

Javier Sierra | Posted 07.21.2012 | Green
Javier Sierra

After two centuries of existence, the bike still is a very well-rounded invention. It's our protections and safeguards that cannot keep up with this brilliant idea.

Catherine New

High Card Fees Didn't Even Help Banks, Report Finds

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 05.10.2012 | Money

Outrageous credit card fees are not only bad for consumers; they're actually bad for business. That's the somewhat surprising conclusion of a new r...

A Privacy Right to Believe In

James B. Rule | Posted 06.10.2012 | Technology
James B. Rule

Unless you've spent the new millennium on another planet, you've noticed that details of your personal life are circulating more and more freely. The uses of these details often bring rude surprises.

Lost In The Rhetoric: Affordable Care Act Provides Consumer Protections

Ruth Schulenberg | Posted 05.21.2012 | Politics
Ruth Schulenberg

However the Supreme Court rules, it will be economically and politically unwise to scrap vital elements of a healthcare law that provides important consumer protections.

Senator Slams Spirit Airlines As New Rules On Airfare Kick In

Posted 03.27.2012 | Travel

In a letter today to the CEO of low cost carrier Spirit Airlines, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) says the airline is engaged in a "deliberate attempt to...

Senator Slams Spirit Airlines As New Rules On Airfare Kick In

Posted 03.27.2012 | Travel

Senator Barbara Boxer Slams Spirit Airlines' 'Deliberate Attempt To Deceive' Fliers

President Obama Can Deliver a Powerful Message About Health Care, Strong Middle Class in State of the Union

Ethan Rome | Posted 03.24.2012 | Politics
Ethan Rome

We must stand strong to fight the GOP's hyper-partisan attacks on the health care programs that are making America healthier and moving our great country closer to achieving its promise.

Jennifer Bendery

Obama Has Tiny Window To Appoint Consumer Protection Chief

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 12.29.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has been pressing the Senate for months to confirm Richard Cordray as the director of the new Consumer Financial ...

At Last, New Protections For Air Travelers Set To Land In 2011

DailyFinance | RANDY DIAMOND | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel

Some positive developments are on the horizon for America's beleaguered air travelers in 2011. I wish I could say that the changes will mean less crow...

Credit Card Companies Raising Fees On Good Customers To Recoup Lost Profits

Washington Post | Ylan Q. Mui | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

After the recession forced credit card companies to purge their rosters of the riskiest loans, the industry is facing a new problem: customers who are...

Corporations Using Ballot Inititives To Gut Regulations, Consumer Protections

Los Angeles Times | Michael Hiltzik | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

The phenomenon of corporations buying their way onto the California election ballot is fast reaching epidemic proportions. If the multimillion-dollar ...

Citigroup Taxpayer Ownership Doesn't Prevent Lobbying

Bloomberg.com | Jonathan D. Salant and Lizzie O’Leary | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Citigroup Inc., which has yet to repay $45 billion in federal assistance, has more lobbyists than any other company who registered to try to shape leg...

Sahil Kapur

Manzullo Fumes Against Tougher Consumer Protection Laws

HuffingtonPost.com | Sahil Kapur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The House Financial Services Committee held a hearing Wednesday to discuss how best to overhaul the nation's financial regulations, including expandin...

Obama: I'm Ready For A Fight Over New Consumer Protections

Huffingtion Post/AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

AP: WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Saturday that current financial rules exploit consumers and he put critics of his proposed overhaul...