Consumer protection and advocacy

Federal Trade Commission Chairman Joe Simons speaks at a news conference at the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, to announce that Google's video site YouTube has been fined $170 million to settle allegations it collected children's personal data without their parents' consent. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
September 04, 2019 - 3:26 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S. fine against YouTube (all times local): 3 p.m. A Federal Trade Commission official is disputing criticism that the FTC's $170 million fine of Google is too small. FTC consumer protection director Andrew Smith says the penalty is historic, although critics are...
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FILE- In this Aug. 27, 2018, file photo a sign stands at the construction site for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's new headquarters in Washington. The Trump administration has hired a longtime student loan industry executive to be the federal government’s top watchdog for the $1.5 trillion student loan market. Robert Cameron will serve as the CFPB’s new student loan ombudsman, the bureau said Friday, Aug. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
August 16, 2019 - 3:40 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Trump administration has hired a longtime student loan industry executive to be the federal government's top watchdog for the $1.5 trillion student loan market. Robert Cameron will serve as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's new student loan ombudsman, the bureau said...
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July 19, 2019 - 8:28 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Wall Street Journal says Equifax will pay around $700 million to settle with the Federal Trade Commission over a 2017 data breach that exposed Social Security numbers and other private information of nearly 150 million people. The Journal, citing unnamed sources familiar...
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FILE - In this April 30, 2014 file photo, retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens prepares to testify on the ever-increasing amount of money spent on elections as he appears before the Senate Rules Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Stevens, the bow-tied, independent-thinking, Republican-nominated justice who unexpectedly emerged as the Supreme Court's leading liberal, died Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., after suffering a stroke Monday. He was 99. (AP Photo, File)
July 17, 2019 - 12:26 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — John Paul Stevens moved left as the Supreme Court shifted to the right during his nearly 35 years as a justice. That's how the bow-tie wearing Republican from the Midwest emerged as the leader of the high court's liberal wing and a strong proponent of abortion rights, consumer...
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FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2015 file photo Austria's Max Schrems listens to a ruling at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. The Austrian privacy campaigner’s long-running legal battle against Facebook over its data transfers to the U.S. has reached Europe’s highest court on Tuesday July 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert, file)
July 09, 2019 - 7:47 am
LONDON (AP) — An Austrian privacy campaigner's long-running legal battle against Facebook over its data transfers to the U.S. reached the European Union's highest court on Tuesday. The European Court of Justice was hearing arguments on whether Facebook's Dublin-based subsidiary can legally transfer...
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June 24, 2019 - 1:50 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — As Congress bears down on big tech companies, two senators want to force giants like Google, Facebook and Amazon to tell users what data they're collecting from them and how much it's worth. The legislation floated Monday by Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Josh Hawley, R-Mo., goes...
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FILE - In this April 30, 2018, file photo T-Mobile CEO John Legere, left, and and then-Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure are interviewed by Liz Claman during her "Countdown to the Closing Bell" program on the Fox Business Network, in New York. Published reports say a group of state attorneys general plan to sue to stop a $26.5 billion merger of wireless carriers T-Mobile and Sprint. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
June 11, 2019 - 12:52 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on T-Mobile-Sprint lawsuit (all times local): 12:25 p.m. A group of state attorneys general led by New York and California are filing a lawsuit to block T-Mobile's $26.5 billion bid for Sprint, citing consumer harm. The state AGs say the merger would hurt competition and...
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FILE - In this Monday, April 11, 2016 file photo, New Hampshire state and local officials load boxes of free bottled water in in Litchfield, N.H. New Hampshire is suing eight companies including 3M and Dupont for damage it says has been caused statewide by a class of potentially toxic chemicals found in everything from pizza boxes to fast-food wrappers. The state becomes the second in the nation to go after the makers of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances or PFAS and the first to target statewide contamination. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)
May 29, 2019 - 5:18 pm
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire has sued eight companies including 3M and the DuPont Co. for damage it says has been caused by a class of potentially toxic chemicals found in pizza boxes, fast-food wrappers and drinking water. The substances — known collectively as PFAS — have been used in...
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FILE - In this May 4, 2018, file photo a man talks on the phone in a hallway adorned with the palm tree-printed wallpaper at a hotel near the Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles. U.S. regulators are proposing new measures intended to thwart billions of annoying robocalls received by Americans each year. The rising volume of unwanted calls in the last few years has created pressure on Congress, regulators and phone companies to do something to act. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
May 15, 2019 - 1:56 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — New measures by U.S. regulators could help thwart some of the billions of robocalls received in the U.S. The Federal Communications Commission said Wednesday that it will vote in June on whether to let wireless carriers block spam calls by default, which should mean that more spam...
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President Donald Trump speaks during a event on medical billing, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Thursday, May 9, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
May 09, 2019 - 3:13 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday called for an end to "surprise medical bills," the astonishingly high charges insured patients can face when a member of a medical team that treats them is not in their insurer's network. "Not a pleasant surprise," Trump said of bills that arrive...
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