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News

2017

December

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  • What to do if you lose your cell phone. Tens of millions of phones are lost or stolen each year. If it happens to you, there are steps you can take to find your phone or at least prevent your personal information from falling…
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  • We all have a stake in the future of the CFPB. Polls consistently show that the CFPB is that rarest form of regulatory agency: one that — after Americans learn more about it — is supported by broad majorities of people belonging to both parties (80…
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  • Mick Mulvaney is now one of the most powerful bureaucrats. The White House budget director is, for now, also the acting director of a powerful financial regulator, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. At the CFPB, he can single-handedly cut the agency’s budget and decide whether to…

November

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  • A cybercriminal's guide to protecting your identity. In September, Equifax announced a major security breach that exposed the personal information for about half of U.S. adults.  If you haven't detected any suspicious activity yet, it doesn't mean you're in the clear. The…
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  • Who loses if Trump guts consumer watchdog?. If you have a credit card, mortgage, payday loan or do any type of consumer financing, expect to be hurt by President Donald Trump’s plan to gut the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau — a controversial…
  • The CFPB's giant database of consumer complaints. For the last several years, anyone with a gripe about a bank, mortgage lender or student loan servicer has had a place to go.  The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has maintained a giant public database…
  • Dueling officials vye to lead federal consumer watchdog. The battle over who will lead a prominent federal consumer watchdog agency escalated Monday, with dueling leaders each claiming control before a federal judge during a chaotic day of public appearances and maneuvering. By the…
  • Facebook is using AI to try to prevent suicide. Facebook is using artificial intelligence to address one of its darkest challenges: stopping suicide broadcasts. The aim of the artificial intelligence program is to find and review alarming posts sooner, since time is a key factor in…