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News Release | U.S. PIRG | Consumer Protection

PIRGs, Others Ask CFPB & FTC To Investigate Experian/T-Mobile Data Breach

In a letter sent today, a number of state PIRGs and other leading privacy and consumer groups urged the CFPB and FTC to fully investigate the recent breach of an Experian subsidary that exposed 15 million T-Mobile customer and applicant records to the threat of new account identity theft. The letter asked whether the regulators could require Experian and the other two nationwide credit bureaus -- TransUnion and Equifax -- to give victims free security freezes to protect their credit reports.

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Blog Post | Consumer Protection

As CFPB Advances Consumer Protection, Attacks on CFPB Escalate | Ed Mierzwinski

This week, the CFPB took a major step toward establishing a regulation restricting the use of forced arbitration clauses in consumer financial contracts, which give companies what the CFPB's director said was a "free pass from being held accountable by their customers." Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill, powerful bank interests escalated their campaign to defund and defang the bureau, because it works for consumers, not them.

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News Release | ConnPIRG | Budget, Tax

Deepwater Horizon Settlement Comes with $5.35 Billion Tax Windfall

A proposed $20.8 billion out-of-court settlement with BP to resolve charges related to the Gulf Oil spill allows the corporation to write off $15.3 billion of the total payment as an ordinary cost of doing business tax deduction.

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News Release | ConnPIRG | Consumer Protection

Statement on Experian Breach of T-Mobile Customer Data

In the wake of a massive data breach affecting Experian’s computers holding 15 million files of T-Mobile hacked customers and applicants, we question why the firms are offering credit monitoring instead of paying to place credit, or security, freezes on all three of each victim’s credit reports. Only the security or credit freeze, available in any state, stops new account identity theft. Potential victims should freeze all of their “Big 3” credit reports from Experian, Equifax and TransUnion.

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News Release | ConnPIRG Education Fund | Democracy

New study shows potential impact of a small donor matching program on 2016 presidential race

Candidates in the 2016 presidential race would see a dramatic shift in their fundraising, and have a powerful incentive to focus more on small donors under a proposed small donor public financing system, according to a new study released by ConnPIRG Education Fund.

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News Release | Higher Ed

Introduction of Education Reform Brings Students One Step Closer to Critical Aid

Statement of Rich Williams, ConnPIRG Higher Education Associate, representing hundreds of thousands of students across the country, on the House Reconciliation bill language.

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News Release | Health Care

ConnPIRG Urges Passage of Today's Final Health Reform Legislation

Today’s health care package offers Americans the relief they need from unrelenting premium hikes from the insurance industry. Within days, every member of the House of Representatives must cast their vote and choose: the status quo of skyrocketing costs or a future where we actually hold the insurance companies accountable and rein in costs.

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News Release | Financial Reform

ConnPIRG Statement on Chairman Dodd's Wall Street and Consumer Protection Reform

We applaud Chairman Dodd of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee for moving forward towards passage of legislation to protect American consumers and increase the stability of the economy. We expect that Wall Street bankers who wrecked the economy and were then bailed out by the taxpayers will continue to try to delay or kill this reform designed to protect people on Main Street

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News Release | Financial Reform

New Legislation Would Protect Shareholders Rights

Rep. Mike Capuano (D-MA) has introduced a bill – the Shareholder Protection Act [H. R. 4537] – which requires shareholder approval of political spending, and today, the bill receives a hearing in the House Financial Services Committee.

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News Release | Transportation

Students Lead High-Speed Rail Tour Across Connecticut

HARTFORD- While many students are spending their Spring Breaks in Cancun or Palm Beach or other exotic locations, a dedicated group of ConnPIRG students are using their Spring Break to build support for the High-Speed Rail service between New Haven to Springfield, here in Connecticut. More than ten students are traveling the high speed rail route to draw attention and build support for the proposal. Today the students made their last stop in at the Capitol Building in Hartford, where they were joined by Speaker of the House Christopher Donovan and State Representative David McCluskey.

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