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September 2018

Operators of debt relief companies agree to settle FTC charges

Five operators of a student loan debt relief scam have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they bilked millions from consumers by falsely claiming to enroll consumers in loan forgiveness programs, costing up to $1,000 in illegal upfront fees. The settlements are with the following individual defendants and... Read more →

Robocaller to pay $82 million for illegally-spoofed health insurance marketing calls

The Federal Communications Commission fined telemarketer Philip Roesel and his companies Wednesday more than $82 million for illegal caller ID spoofing. Roesel made more than 21 million robocalls to market health insurance. Federal law prohibits callers from falsifying caller ID information to disguise their identity to d The FCC proposed... Read more →

Attack on Facebook exposes 50 million users’ accounts

Facebook announced Friday that earlier this week, "attackers exploited a vulnerability in Facebook’s code that impacted ‘View As,’” a feature that lets people see what their own profile looks like to someone else. This allowed them to steal Facebook access tokens which they could then use to take over people’s... Read more →

Uber to pay a record $148 million settlement for not disclosing 2016 data breach

Uber settled charges Wednesday it concealed a 2016 data breach in violation of notification laws. The settlement, which was reached with 50 states and the District of Columbia, requires Uber to adopt data breach notification and data security practices and have its data security reviewed by an outside company. Uber... Read more →

Trump administration’s deregulation will cost $2.1 trillion, with costs of nearly $840 a year for each household over the next two decades

The Trump administration’s deregulation would deprive American consumers and the economy of more than $2.1 trillion in benefits, according to a Public Citizen report released Wednesday. The report shows that the potential losses to the U.S. economy, consumers, and workers exceed any cost savings for regulated industries, highlighting how President... Read more →

Today is National Voter Registration Day

Every year millions of Americans find themselves unable to vote because they miss a registration deadline, don’t update their registration, or aren’t sure how to register. National Voter Registration Day is a coordinated effort to make sure everyone has the opportunity to vote. Today volunteers and organizations from all over... Read more →

Baby boomers discuss life’s challenges and pleasures

Ah, sunny California. I just returned from a few days in Sacramento to attend a play in which my granddaughter had one of the starring parts in “Much Ado About Nothing.” I had a terrific time. The teens are members of the Young Professionals Conservancy, which is part of the... Read more →