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2019

April

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  • Debt collectors may soon text, email consumers. Debt collecting is an age-old business but it may soon receive a 21st-century revamp when the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, an agency created in the wake of the financial crisis to protect consumers, proposes new
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  • Why you can no longer get lost in the crowd. Lawmakers and industry leaders are missing the big picture. They are stuck on traditional concepts like “transparency,” “consent” and “secrecy,” which leads to proposals that reinforce broken mechanisms like
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  • Opinion: Privacy is too big to understand. At its heart, privacy is about how that data is used to take away our control. Today, our control is chipped away in ways large and small. It may be as innocuous as using your
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  • Amazon workers are listening to what you tell Alexa. Tens of millions of people use smart speakers and their voice software to play games, find music or trawl for trivia. Millions more are reluctant to invite the devices and their powerful microphones into their
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  • Do you know what you've given up?. That phone in your pocket, the surveillance camera on the corner: You’ve traded away a bit of anonymity, of autonomy, for the usefulness of one, the protection of the other. Is it O
  • Dark web monitoring. We’ve all heard of the dark web, although few of us really know much about it. News reports tell us it’s where criminals buy and sell stolen personal information, such as
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  • Millions of sensitive Facebook user records were left exposed. More than 540 million Facebook records — including users’ comments, likes, account names and more — were left exposed by a third-party company on an Amazon cloud-computing server, researchers disclosed, marking the latest major privacy
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  • Congress is taking aim at robocallers. The ever-worsening scourge of robo-calls is receiving renewed attention in Congress, where top Democrats and Republicans this week are set to take an early step toward cracking down on scammers who prey on consumers’
 

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