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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Major Consumer Protections Announced in Response to COVID-19


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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

What Can You Do With Your Gym Membership If the State Shuts Down Facilities in COVID-19 Emergency Order?


I spoke with Newsweek yesterday about how the pandemic is affecting consumers with gym memberships.  We primarily help consumers with credit report errors. Unscrupulous gyms that continue to charge consumers -- even though the gym has been ordered closed -- may need to answer for their reporting inaccurate information to the credit bureaus. 


Here's one section from the article:


Attorney Adam Singer, whose firm advocates on behalf of consumers, said he believes "emphatically" that gyms should not be able to shut down and continue to charge consumers, though they may "probably try to do it anyway.
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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Secret Service warns of scams, disinformation campaigns around spread of coronavirus


"There already is a high level of anxiety over the potential spread of coronavirus," FTC chairman Joe Simons said in a statement. "What we don't need in this situation are companies preying on consumers by promoting products with fraudulent prevention and treatment claims. These warnings are just the first step. We're prepared to take enforcement actions against companies that continue to market this type of scam."

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Friday, March 13, 2020

Credit repair firm settles with FTC


Your credit score affects whether you can get a loan — and how much you’ll have to pay to borrow money. People with low credit scores often have to pay more.
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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Supreme Court's CFPB case potentially impacts anyone with credit card debt or a mortgage


If Kavanaugh maintains his position and finds four colleagues to join him, it is hard to see how any of the decisions the agency has made over almost a decade could stand. Read more . . .


Thursday, February 27, 2020

Clearview AI has billions of our photos. Its entire client list was just stolen


The company claims to have scraped more than 3 billion photos from the internet, including photos from popular social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

The firm garnered controversy in January after a New York Times investigation revealed that Clearview AI's technology allowed law enforcement agencies to use its technology to match photos of unknown faces to people's online images.
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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

U.S. Charges 4 Chinese Military Officers in 2017 Equifax Hack


KrebsOnSecurity has long maintained that the 2017 breach at Equifax was not the work of financially-motivated identity thieves, as there has been exactly zero evidence to date that anything close to the size of the data cache stolen from that incident has shown up for sale in the cybercrime underground.

However, readers should understand that there are countless other companies with access to SSN, DOB and other information crooks need to apply for credit in your name that get hacked all the time, and that this data on a great many Americans is already for sale across various cybercrime bazaars.

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Monday, February 17, 2020

1 in 3 consumers fear they will max out a credit card


More than one-third, or 37%, also said they have already maxed out their credit card and 14% said they have maxed it out more than once. WalletHub polled more than 700 people in January.

Still, most Americans continue to take on ever-increasing amounts of debt. According to data from the Read more . . .


Thursday, February 13, 2020

Experian hack exposes 15 million people's personal information


We all know about the Equifax breach of 2017. 

But what about the smaller breach in 2015 of another of the Big Three national credit bureaus, Experian?

 

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Statement of Senate Intel Vice Chair Mark R. Warner on Charges Against Chinese Spies for Hacking Equifax


“That said, the indictment does not detract from the myriad of vulnerabilities and process deficiencies that we saw in Equifax’s systems and response to the hack. A company in the business of collecting and retaining massive amounts of Americans’ sensitive personal information must act with the utmost care – and face any consequences that arise from that failure. The legislation I have with Senator Warren would subject data brokers to a higher standard of care and is an important first step in data protection.”

 

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Chinese Hacking Is Alarming. So Are Data Brokers.


Using the personal data of millions of Americans against their will is certainly alarming. But what’s the difference between the Chinese government stealing all that information and a data broker amassing it legally without user consent and selling it on the open market?

Both are predatory practices to invade privacy for insights and strategic leverage. Yes, one is corporate and legal and the other geopolitical and decidedly not legal.
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