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Identity Theft Tops FTC’s Consumer Complaint Categories Again in 2014

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

http://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2015/02/identity-theft-tops-ftcs-consumer-complaint-categories-again-2014

Press release which lists the top ten consumer complaints with identity theft, debt collection, and imposter scams leading the list.  From the Federal Trade Commission

 

FCC Adopts Strong, Sustainable Rules to Protect the Open Internet

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Telecommunications/Internet

http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2015/db0226/DOC-332260A1.pdf

Press release which provides details about the rules adopted to regulate Internet providers in the same manner as public utilities.  Claims these rules, successor to previous attempts struck down by the courts, are guided by three principles: that U.S. broadband networks will be fast, fair, and open.  From the Federal Communications Commission

 

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

 

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