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Comment to CFPB on Big Tech Payment Platforms

In October, the CFPB sent orders to 6 major Big Tech firms -- Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Square, and PayPal -- requesting information concerning their entry into the payments space. Download the comment filed by U.S. PIRG and the Center for Digital Democracy here. It highlights our concerns over the firms' surveillance business model and its impact on consumers, competitors and the regulated banking system.

Leading Groups Send Criteria for Evaluating VW Settlement

The letter highlights six main criteria by which a proposal should be evaluated to compensate consumers and the environment and deter future criminal acts. Four leading consumer, environmental, and public health organizations wrote an open letter in advance of the April 21st deadline set by U.S. District Judge Charles R. Breyer for a proposal that deals with Volkswagen’s emission scandal.

Amazon state legislator price gouging sign on letter

Nearly 350 state legislators from 45 states are calling on America's top online marketplaces to crack down on coronavirus-related price gouging.

Resource | COVID-19

PIRG urges Congress to approve COVID-19 funding

As we approach the grim milestone of 1 million Americans dead from COVID-19, we have a chance to put the worst of the crisis behind us. We can only do it if Congress approves additional funding to maintain all of the virus-fighting tools at our disposal. 

Letter: Protecting the FTC from Special Interest Attacks

While much of our work has been in defense of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), we also support the efforts of the over-100 year old Federal Trade Commission. Recently, powerful special interests convinced the Energy and Commerce Committee to draft (and expect it to vote out soon, likely next week) legislation to severely weaken the FTC's ability to protect the public from identity theft and privacy invasions (including sloppy data security that leads to identity theft), deceptive health marketing claims by sellers of various dangerous or ineffective (or both) products and numerous other last-dollar and other frauds and schemes. We've joined over 30 leading groups in a letter opposing the so-called FTC Process and Transparency Reform Act of 2016 (HR 5510-Burgess (TX)).

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