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Earl Gregg Swem Library

The Effects of Conflicted Investment Advice on Retirement Savings

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Financial Crisis/Markets,Headlines,Retirement/Social Security

http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/cea_coi_report_final.pdf

Examines whether the use of financial advisors by Americans seeking help in investing their retirement sums may lead to conflicts of interest and the effects of those conflicts on retirement savings.  Estimates that the aggregate annual cost of conflicted investment advice is about $17 billion annually.  From the Council of Economic Advisers

 

IRS Completes the “Dirty Dozen” Tax Scams for 2015

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Crime/Justice,Taxes

http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Completes-the-Dirty-Dozen-Tax-Scams-for-2015

Lists the top twelve tax scams prevalent in the U.S. during the 2015 tax season.  From the Internal Revenue Service

 

AHRQ Public Access to Federally Funded Research

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Health/Medical

http://www.ahrq.gov/funding/policies/publicaccess/index.html

Established a policy for public access  to scientific publications and data in digital format resulting from public funding by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.  From the Agency

 

Big Data and Differential Pricing

Categories: Advertising/Marketing,Business/Economics,Consumer Info/Protection,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/whitehouse_files/docs/Big_Data_Report_Nonembargo_v2.pdf

Examines how corporate use of big data may lead to different prices for different groups of consumers and raise questions of discrimination.  Includes an overview of the economics of differential pricing, how sellers use data to create personalized marketing campaigns and pricing strategies and how such strategies relate to the existing framework of antidiscrimination and consumer protection laws.  From the Council of Economic Advisers

 

Directory of Federal Tax Return Preparers with Credentials and Select Qualifications

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Taxes

http://irs.treasury.gov/rpo/rpo.jsf

A directory of preparers with professional credentials by geographic area.  Also includes advice on choosing a tax professional.  From the Internal Revenue Service

 

Ransomware on the Rise

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Crime/Justice,Telecommunications/Internet

http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2015/january/ransomware-on-the-rise/ransomware-on-the-rise

Describes computer malware attacks that result in demands for payment of ransom to restore access to files or prevent their destruction.  From the Federal Bureau of Investigation

 

Measles in the United States: 2015

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

http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2015/t0129-measles.html

Transcript of an agency briefing on the 2015 measles outbreak in the U.S. and the problem of resistance to vaccination.  From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

Internet of Things: Privacy and Security in a Connected World

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Privacy,Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet

http://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents/reports/federal-trade-commission-staff-report-november-2013-workshop-entitled-internet-things-privacy/150127iotrpt.pdf

Reports on the results of a November 2013 workshop on how to provide protection for consumers in an era when 25 billion devices are connected to the Internet.  Includes staff recommendations for businesses to protect consumer security and privacy.  From the Federal Trade Commission

 

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