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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Preventing Skin Cancer: Education and Policy Approaches

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Health/Medical

http://www.thecommunityguide.org/cancer/skin/education-policy/index.html

Newly adopted recommendations for protecting the population against the dangers of skin cancer from exposure to the sun.  From the Community Preventive Services Task Force and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

Data Brokers: A Call for Transparency and Accountability

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

http://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents/reports/data-brokers-call-transparency-accountability-report-federal-trade-commission-may-2014/140527databrokerreport.pdf

 

Discusses the results of an in-depth study of the business practices of nine data brokers—companies that collect and sell personal information about consumers.  Finds that data brokers operate with a fundamental lack of transparency and calls for legislation to make data broker practices more visible to and controllable by consumers.  From the Federal Trade Commission

 

CFPB Supervision Report Highlights Risky Practices in Nonbank Markets

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Financial Crisis/Markets

http://www.consumerfinance.gov/newsroom/cfpb-supervision-report-highlights-risky-practices-in-nonbank-markets/

Press release about latest CFPB supervision report with critical views of payday lending, debt collection and consumer reporting markets.  Also contains links to the full text of the supervision report.  From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

 

Medical Debt and Credit Scores

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Financial Crisis/Markets,Headlines

http://files.consumerfinance.gov/f/201405_cfpb_report_data-point_medical-debt-credit-scores.pdf

Examines how medical debts can damage the credit scores of consumers and how scoring models do not differentiate between medical and other kinds of debt.  From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

 

U.S. Open Data Action Plan

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Headlines,Statistics

http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/us_open_data_action_plan.pdf

Outlines new federal commitments to an open data policy and plans for enhancements of certain data assets.  Provides selected examples of recent or projected data releases by agency.  From the White House

 

Savings Fitness: A Guide to Your Money and Your Financial Future

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Labor/Employment,Retirement/Social Security

http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/pdf/savingsfitness.pdf

Booklet with information on how to plan and save for retirement.  From the Employment Benefits Security Administration, of the Department of Labor.

 

Consumer Alert: GM Ignition Switch Recall Information

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Transportation

http://www.safercar.gov/Vehicle+Owners/Consumer+Alert:+GM+Ignition+Switch+Recall+Information

Provides information related to the recall of six General Motors models because of a defective ignitions switch which can affect the operation of airbag systems.  Also includes GM-supplied documents about the recall.  From the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

 

Mid-Year Update on Student Loan Complaints

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Education-Higher

http://files.consumerfinance.gov/f/201404_cfpb_midyear-report_private-student-loans-2014.pdf

Reports receiving more than 2,300 private student loan complaints and more than 1300 debt collection complaints related to student loans between October 2013 and March 31, 2014.  Discusses complaints and problems related to co-signers of loans.  From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

 

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