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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Consumer Credit Trends: Explore Recent Developments in Consumer Credit Markets

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

http://www.consumerfinance.gov/data-research/consumer-credit-trends/

Web-based tool to help members of the public monitor developments in consumer lending and identify future credit risks.  Beta version of the data tool covers mortgage, credit card, auto loan, and student loan markets.  From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

 

Software-Enabled Consumer Products

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Copyright/Patents,Laws/Regulations,Property Rights

https://www.copyright.gov/policy/software/software-full-report.pdf

Explains how copyright law applies to software-enabled consumer products such as refrigerators, cars, and wireless phones.  Recommends no change to current law at present to maintain strength and stability of copyright system while also permitting legitimate uses (repair, resale, and security research) of these new products.  From the Office of the Register of Copyrights

 

National Do Not Call Registry Data Book FY2016

Categories: Advertising/Marketing,Consumer Info/Protection,Statistics,Telecommunications/Internet

https://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents/reports/national-do-not-call-registry-data-book-fiscal-year-2016/dnc_data_book_fy_2016_post.pdf

As of September 30, 2016 the Do Not Call Registry had grown to 226 million active registrations.  The data book contains statistical data regarding the registrations, subscriptions of telemarketers and sellers accessing phone numbers on the registry, and the complains submitted by consumers about violations of the rules.  From the Federal Trade Commission

 

EPA’s Study of Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas and Its Potential Impact on Drinking Water Resources

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Natural Resources,Science/Technology

https://www.epa.gov/hfstudy

Contains the text of the final assessment report, appendices to the final report, an executive summary, a fact sheet, and the text of the 2015 draft assessment. From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas: Impacts from the Hydraulic Fracturing Water Cycle on Drinking Water Resources in the United States

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Natural Resources,Science/Technology

http://ofmpub.epa.gov/eims/eimscomm.getfile?p_download_id=529930

666 page text of the final assessment report on the effects of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources.  From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

EPA Releases Final Report on Impacts from Hydraulic Fracturing Activities on Drinking Water

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Natural Resources,Science/Technology

https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-releases-final-report-impacts-hydraulic-fracturing-activities-drinking-water

Press release on the issuance of the final scientific report on the impact of fracking on drinking water. Became controversial because of alterations from the earlier draft. The final report states “hydraulic fracturing activities can impact drinking water resources in the United States under some circumstances.”  From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A Report of the Surgeon General

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

https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/documents/2016_SGR_Full_Report_non-508.pdf

First Surgeon General’s report that focuses on the use of electronic cigarettes.  Highlights the increasing use of e-cigarettes by youth and young adults, assesses what we know about the health effects of using these products, and describes strategies tobacco companies use to recruit young customers.  Also suggests interventions to minimize the harm to youth.  From the Office of the Surgeon General and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

 

The Facts on E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults: A Message from the U.S. Surgeon General

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

https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/

Press release which explains what they are, how they work, and what potential dangers exist.  From the Office of the Surgeon General and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

 

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