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CONSUMER ALERT

Several fidget spinners were tested for lead content by a CPSC-accredited laboratory. The fidget spinners were analyzed in accordance with CPSC-CH-E1001-8.3 using Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP/MS). The toys that tested for high levels of lead were then re-tested a second time to confirm the results. The results of the second test are included in this report.

Group Letter To FTC: Is Facebook In Violation of 2011 Privacy Order?

Recent news stories about Facebook's sharing of consumer information with data broker Cambridge Analytica raise a question: Is Facebook in violation of a 2011 privacy order with the Federal Trade Commission? We join leading groups in a letter to the FTC.

Beat High Bank Fees

Banks rely on consumer indifference when they raise fees. They count on consumers not shopping around. PIRG’s Big Banks, Bigger Fees reports routinely find that small banks and credit unions are not following the big banks’ lead; they still offer many free or low cost accounts.

Resource | Financial Reform

Semi-Annual Hearing on the CFPB

OMB Director Mick Mulvaney, a controversial appointment by President Trump to also serve as Consumer Financial Protection Bureau acting director, delivered his first Semi-Annual Report of the CFPB to the House (Wednesday) and Senate (Thursday) this week. Here is the U.S. PIRG Statement for the Hearing Record.

Resource | Transportation

A New Direction In Driving Trends

After a 60 year boom, driving is on the decline in the U.S. and no likely scenario shows it returning to previous levels of growth. 

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