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Watch out for video doorbells sold on Amazon that have serious security problems, Consumer Reports says

Video doorbells sold on digital marketplaces such as Amazon, Walmart, Temu, Sears, and Shein may have flaws, said Consumer Reports. As part of routine testing, it examined Eken and Tuck video doorbells that looked like the same product under different brand names. A deeper look by testing organization’s researchers revealed security vulnerabilities. Read more →


Facts and figures for the holidays 2023

Millions of people around the world are excited about the holidays. Shopping for gifts, gathering with friends and family, and attending religious events heighten excitement this time of year. Americans are expected to spend between 3 percent and 4 percent more in 2023 than last year, about $957.3 billion and $966.6 billion, according to a survey. Read more →


What you need to know about the Goggle Play Store settlement

Are you eligible to receive money from a Google settlement? Google agreed to pay $700 million to settle a lawsuit charging that the company used its monopoly power to charge consumers as much as 30 percent for purchasing apps and making in-app purchases in its Play Store. The agreement requires Google to pay restitution and change procedures. Read more →


Google is deleting old accounts on Dec. 1, so take action if you have one

Google is going to begin deleting old Gmail and photos on Dec. 1. That’s tomorrow folks, so it’s time to take action. An inactive Google account is one hasn’t been used in two years. This policy applies to your personal Google account. This policy doesn’t apply to any Google account that was set up for you through your work, school, or other organization. Read more →


Irritated over ‘junk’ fees? Let the FTC know the details

Junk fees – those hidden and bogus charges that have found their way into a wide variety of transactions – are on consumers’ minds. After receiving more than 12,000 comments about how these fees impact consumers and businesses, the FTC announced on Oct. 11, a proposed rule on deceptive fees. It's now looking for further feedback. Read more →


Sign up for Consumer Reports app to take back control of your personal data

Permission Slip by CR, a free app from Consumer Reports, helps users regain control of their personal information and requests that companies delete or stop selling their data. The app is available on iOS and Android. Users can swipe through companies that may have their data, and with a tap, send a request for changes. Read more →


Free credit reports now permanently available each week

Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion – the three national credit reporting agencies – are permanently extending a program that lets you check your credit report at the agencies once a week for no cost. Visit AnnualCreditReport.com to request free copies of your credit reports, the Federal Trade Commission advises. Other sites may charge you or be fraudulent. Read more →


Google agrees to a preliminary settlement of anticompetitive charges with states on its Play Store

Google has reached a tentative settlement with the attorneys general from 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico on one of three major antitrust lawsuits against the company for its anticompetitive conduct in the Google Play Store. In July 2021, 37 attorneys general filed a lawsuit against Google. Read more →


Roomster settles with FTC and six states for $1.6 million for tricking renters with fake reviews and unverified listings

When searching for a place to live and roommates, it’s important to get accurate information. And reviews from platforms that can help you in your search need to be honest and trustworthy. But according to the FTC and six states suing Roomster and its owners, the room and roommate finder platform posted reviews and other information that wasn’t accurate. Read more →


Agency seeks comments on how you’re impacted by the data companies collect about you

Have you ever had a problem because of data a company has collected on you? The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is launching an inquiry into companies that track and collect information on the details of people’s personal lives. It’s seeking input on data brokers and how their business practices impact people’s daily life. Read more →