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The Sharing Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators: An FTC Staff Report

Categories: Business/Economics,Consumer Info/Protection,Laws/Regulations,Transportation

https://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents/reports/sharing-economy-issues-facing-platforms-participants-regulators-federal-trade-commission-staff/p151200_ftc_staff_report_on_the_sharing_economy.pdf

Describes how disruptive innovation has been transforming the for-hire transportation and short-term lodging industries and the benefits/problems caused by such disruption. This document reports on the ideas and issues covered at a June 2015 workshop.  From the Federal Trade Commission

 

Cancer and Tobacco Use

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Headlines,Health/Medical,Smoking/Tobacco

https://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/pdf/2016-11-vitalsigns.pdf

Fact sheet about the strong links between use of tobacco and cancer.  From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Consumer Info/Protection,Headlines,Health/Medical,Mental Health

https://addiction.surgeongeneral.gov/surgeon-generals-report.pdf

The first ever Surgeon General’s report on the threat to the health of Americans from drugs and alcohol.  Covers the neurobiology of addiction, treatment, and prevention issues, the role of health care systems, and a vision for the future.  Argues that addiction is a brain disease, not a moral failing.  From the Office of the Surgeon General

 

First Cases of Candida Auris Reported in United States

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Health/Medical

https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2016/p1104-candida-auris.html

Reports that 13 cases of Candida Auris, a serious and sometimes fatal fungal infection that is emerging globally have been identified in the U.S.   The disease exhibits antibiotic resistant characteristics.  From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

Protecting Personal Information: A Guide for Business

Categories: Business/Economics,Consumer Info/Protection,Privacy,Telecommunications/Internet

https://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents/plain-language/pdf-0136_proteting-personal-information.pdf

A guide for businesses on how to secure personal information of customers.  Presents 5 key principles for a sound data security plan.  From the Federal Trade Commission

Cybersecurity Best Practices for Modern Vehicles

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Manufacturing,Science/Technology,Transportation

http://www.nhtsa.gov/staticfiles/nvs/pdf/812333_CybersecurityForModernVehicles.pdf

Offers nonbinding guidance to automakers on how to protect motor vehicles from malicious cyber-attacks and unauthorized access.  From the Department of Transportation

 

Student Assistance General Provisions, Federal Perkins Loan Program … Final Regulations

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Education-Higher,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

http://www2.ed.gov/policy/highered/reg/hearulemaking/2016/bd-unofficialfinalregs-102716.pdf

Full text of the final regulations (927 pages) designed to protect student loan borrowers and define situations where borrowers qualify for loan forgiveness due to institutional misconduct.  From the U.S. Department of Education

 

U.S. Department of Education Announces Final Regulations to Protect Students and Taxpayers from Predatory Institutions

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Education-Higher,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/us-department-education-announces-final-regulations-protect-students-and-taxpayers-predatory-institutions

Press release summarizing the objectives of new rules designed to protect students and clarify the process for loan forgiveness in cases of institutional misconduct.  Includes a link to a summary of the key provisions.  From the U.S. Department of Education

 

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