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Consumer Expenditures 2013

Reports that average expenditures per consumer unit in 2013 were $51,100, little changed from 2012 levels.  Also offers details on the average consumer expenditures per category such as housing, food, transportation and so forth.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Google to Refund Consumers at Least $19 Million to Settle FTC Complaint…

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Telecommunications/Internet

Press release which explains the terms of the consent agreement between Google and the Federal Trade Commission for refunds to consumers who were billed for mobile apps downloaded from the Google Play store by children without authorization by the account holder.  Also contains link to text of consent agreement.  From the Federal Trade Commission


Ebola Virus Disease: Occupational Safety and Health

Categories: Africa,Consumer Info/Protection,Health/Medical,United Nations—ed_protect/—protrav/—safework/documents/briefingnote/wcms_302532.pdf

Describes the nature of the disease, the way it is transmitted, risks for health care workers, and resources for further information.  From the World Health Organization


Recalls Look-Up by VIN

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Transportation

Check to see if your vehicle has been the subject of a safety recall by entering the Vehicle Identification Number.  Covers 15 years.  From the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration


Telemarketing Regulation: National and State Do Not Call Registries

Categories: Advertising/Marketing,Consumer Info/Protection,Laws/Regulations,Telecommunications/Internet

Outlines the laws underpinning the national do not call list, describes the regulations implementing the list, answers some of the most frequently asked questions, and discusses penalties for violating the rules.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Prevention and Control of Seasonal Influenza with Vaccines: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP): United States, 2014-15 Influenza Season

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Health/Medical,Statistics

Includes groups recommended for vaccination, timing of vaccination, and vaccine composition for the 2014-15 season.  From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Alternative Currencies

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Crime/Justice,Great Britain,Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology,Taxes

Outlines the different types and aims of these currencies, describes how alternative currencies are being used, and includes regulatory and policy challenges regarding consumer protection, financial crime and taxation and benefits.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology


Data Point: Checking Account Overdraft

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Financial Crisis/Markets

Presents the results of consumers’ experiences with overdraft policies at a number of large U.S. banks.  From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau


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