Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

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

 

Opioid Prescription Claims Among Women of Reproductive Age, United States, 2008-2012

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

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6402a1.htm

Discusses the dangers of opioid prescription use during pregnancy, especially the implications for early stages of fetal development.  From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

Diabetes Self-Management Education and Training Among Privately Insured Persons with Newly Diagnosed Diabetes, United States, 2011-2012

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

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6346a2.htm

Offers discussion and some data about the best approaches and treatments for self-management and training programs (DSMT) for controlling diabetes.  From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

National Taxpayer Advocate 2014 Annual Report to Congress

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Govt Finance,Taxes

http://www.taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/2014-Annual-Report/full-2014-annual-report-to-congress/

Discusses the 20 most serious problems facing taxpayers as federal budget cuts result in reduced services and tax law becomes more complex.  From the Internal Revenue Service

 

Consumers’ Mortgage Shopping Experience

Categories: Business/Economics,Consumer Info/Protection,Housing/Homelessness

http://files.consumerfinance.gov/f/201501_cfpb_consumers-mortgage-shopping-experience.pdf

Subtitled: A First Look at Results from the National Survey of Mortgage Borrowers.  Examines information related to consumers’ efforts to obtain a mortgage from initial searching through ultimate closing.  From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

 

Stress and Relaxation Techniques

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Health/Medical

http://nccam.nih.gov/health/providers/digest/relaxation

Describes health conditions for which relaxation techniques may be useful.  From the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

 

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