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Home Depot to pay $17.5 million to settle huge 2014 data breach lawsuit

The Home Depot will pay $17.5 million to resolve investigations into its 2014 data breach that exposed the payment card information of about 40 million Home Depot customers across the nation. Hackers gained access to the company's network and put malware on its self-checkout system. Read more →


College Board sharing student information inappropriately, Consumer Reports says

The College Board appears to be in violation of its own policies on protecting the privacy of college students. It’s sending personally identifiable student information to major technology companies and ad platforms including Adobe, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Snapchat, and Yahoo. Read more →


Scammers already eying the money you’re going to get from the federal stimulus

Be alert for scams related to the pending federal stimulus package. While a deal has been negotiated and the bill awaits final votes and the president’s signature, Congress’ economic relief package proposes to send money to individual Americans due to financial distress caused by COVID-19. Read more →


Court grants FTC’s request to halt scheme that offered fast government services through hundreds of fake websites

Defendants operating hundreds of websites that promised a quick and easy government service, such as renewing a driver’s license or determining eligibility for public benefits, were ordered by a federal court to temporarily stop their activities. Read more →


Top consumer stories for 2019

As usual, most of the end-of-the-year, round-up articles are about national issues or corporations. If consumers are mentioned, it’s usually about how they’re responding to some corporation. For the most part, it’s been a grim year for consumers. Read more →


Be aware of scams if you’re recovering from the effects of Hurricane Dorian

When a natural disaster occurs, scammers are right there, adapting their fraudulent techniques to the latest emergency. If you suffered damage from Hurricane Dorian, or if you’re looking for ways to help those in need, you can get information at ftc.gov/weatheremergencies. Read more →