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Ed Mierzwinski
Senior Director, Federal Consumer Program

In January, the Norwegian Data Protection Authority fined the dating app Grindr over $11 million for violating its users' privacy. In January 2020, U.S. PIRG and others had asked the FTC to investigate Grindr and other dating and health apps, but the agency has not taken action. In other news: January 2021, our coalition also asked the FTC to investigate the alleged difficulty of cancelling an Amazon Prime membership. Oh, and we've also urged Senate leaders not to give BigTech lobbyists any senior antitrust jobs!

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Danielle Melgar
Make It Toxic Free Campaign, Advocate

Plastic is a problem not just for our environment, but also for our health. Chemicals used to make plastics anti-microbial, flame retardant, and more, can be toxic.

2021 is shaping up to be a big year for our efforts to secure your right to fix your stuff.

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Teresa Murray
Consumer Watchdog

Shortages improved during the fall but worsened in December

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Danielle Melgar
Make It Toxic Free Campaign, Advocate

McDonald’s just committed to phasing out PFAS-treated food packaging from its restaurants globally by 2025. Other restaurants, like Burger King and Wendy’s, should follow its lead.

With vaccines here, it may soon be time to reschedule vacations and other trips for later this year

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Patricia Kelmar
Director, Health Care Campaigns

There is no worse feeling than getting a large unexpected bill in the mail. And in the case of a surprise medical bill, it usually comes at the worst time - when you are home recovering from an illness or injury. But most of those bills will soon be a thing of the past.

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Teresa Murray
Consumer Watchdog

No, you don't have to pay a 'small processing fee' to claim your $600 payment

A look at 2020 highlights and milestones for the campaign to fix our stuff, and a look ahead to 2021

Here's some advice to help keep your information and wallet safe