News

2019

December

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  • China uses DNA to map faces. Beijing’s pursuit of control over a Muslim ethnic group pushes the rules of science and raises questions about consent.
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  • Consumer Action INSIDER - December 2019. The December 2019 issue of the Consumer Action INSIDER announces Wells Fargo's funding of Consumer Action's innovative new FinTech initiative to help underserved consumers reach their financial goals; gives an overview of our latest Consumer Action News edition on the prescription drug affordability crisis; informs readers of what action to take if their college has been closed and they still owe student loan debt (particularly if it was a predatory for-profit school); updates readers on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's work; and more.

November

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  • Hospital alarms prove a noisy misery for patients. Tens of thousands of alarms shriek, beep and buzz every day in every U.S. hospital. All sound urgent, but few require immediate attention or get it. Intended to keep patients safe alerting nurses to
  • Use this guide to fight back against online tracking. Protecting your digital privacy is a never-ending process that requires constant vigilance. But each of these steps is worth the time investment, and perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind: Don’t
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  • Consumer watchdog downplaying a major Obama-era tool. The director of the country’s primary consumer watchdog, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), downplayed the role of the complaint database in its operations and even its utility as a major tool at
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  • As robocalls surge, feds scramble to act. A suspicious campaign bombarded Americans with an estimated 288 million robocalls pitching health insurance in October, according to the call-blocking smartphone app YouMail, contributing to the record 5.7 billion robocalls made nationwide last month. To experts, the
  • Thousands of Disney Plus accounts hacked, sold online. For sale: Disney Plus account, barely used. Within hours of the streaming service’s bumpy rollout last week, hackers commandeered user accounts: locking out owners, changing log-in credentials and, in many cases, selling them
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