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CFPB Considers Proposal to End Payday Debt Traps

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Financial Crisis/Markets,Laws/Regulations

http://www.consumerfinance.gov/newsroom/cfpb-considers-proposal-to-end-payday-debt-traps/

Agency press release about plans to develop regulations that protect consumers against predatory lending practices.  From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

 

Virginia 2013 Toxics Release Inventory Report

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Environment,Statistics,Virginia Issues,Waste Management

http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Air/AirQualityPlanningEmissions/SARATitleIII/SARA313ToxicsReleaseInventory/VA2013ToxicsReleaseInventoryReport.aspx

Full report with links to all 13 appendices with details on site releases.  From the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

 

2013 Virginia Toxics Release Inventory Report: Summary of Data from 2013 Industry Reports

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Environment,Statistics,Virginia Issues,Waste Management

http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Portals/0/DEQ/Air/SARATitle3/2013_TRI_Report.pdf

Annual report on chemicals managed, transferred or released to land, air or water by Virginia businesses.  Releases to air increased by 12% compared to 2012, while releases to water decreased by 0.47%.  From the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

 

Defensive Best Practices for Destructive Malware

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Spying/Intelligence,Telecommunications/Internet

https://www.nsa.gov/ia/_files/factsheets/Defending_Against_Destructive_Malware.pdf

Details several steps that network administrators can take to detect, contain and minimize destructive malware infections.  From the Information Assurance Directorate of the National Security Agency

 

Reprocessing Medical Devices in Health Care Settings: Validation Methods and Labeling Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations

http://www.fda.gov/downloads/MedicalDevices/DeviceRegulationandGuidance/GuidanceDocuments/UCM253010.pdf

New guidance documents to enhance the safety of reusable medical devices and prevent the spread of infectious agents.  Follows an outbreak of infections traced to reused duodenoscopes.  From the Food and Drug Administration

 

Presidential Memorandum—Student Aid Bill of Rights

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Education-Higher,Headlines,Presidency

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/03/10/presidential-memorandum-student-aid-bill-rights

Presidential document that provides support for students with education debt through creation of  state-of-the-art complaint and feedback system, additional protections for student loan borrowers, higher standards for loan servicers, and fairer treatment of struggling borrowers.  From the White House

 

Fact Sheet: A Student Aid Bill of Rights: Taking Action to Ensure Strong Consumer Protections for Student Loan Borrowers

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Education-Higher,Presidency

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/03/10/fact-sheet-student-aid-bill-rights-taking-action-ensure-strong-consumer-

Describes the nature of the assistance that will be provided to student borrowers including a state-of-the-art complaint system and new steps to analyze student debt trends and recommend solutions.  From the White House

 

Arbitration Study: Report to Congress

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Financial Crisis/Markets,Laws/Regulations

http://www.consumerfinance.gov/f/201503_cfpb_arbitration-study-report-to-congress-2015.pdf

Studies the use of arbitration agreements in financial contracts and how they restrict consumer rights to seek redress through class action suits.  From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

 

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