The undersigned organizations urge you to commence a rulemaking as soon as possible to protect the privacy of broadband consumers. As Commissioner Julie Brill of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) stated in a recent speech on broadband and privacy, the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) reclassification of broadband as a Title II common carrier service adds it as “a brawnier cop on the beat” on privacy issues. She welcomed the opportunity for the two agencies to work in cooperation to create “strong consumer privacy and data security [that] are key ingredients of our data-intensive economy, including the practices of broadband providers.” Read More >>>
- 6/1/17 CBS Evening News (2:01 runtime)- FCC ruling could allow marketing calls to go straight to your voicemail by Anna Werner which includes an interview with NCLC Senior Counsel Margot Saunders arguing that allowing ringless voice mail robocalls without consent and without being able to tell the sender to stop are a bad idea.
- 4/25/17 News 5 Cleveland, OH, Scripps TV, (2:32 runtime) “Leadership behind push to kill consumer protections for prepaid cards agreed to $53M FTC settlement” by Mark Greenblatt quotes Lauren Saunders on the need for prepaid card protections.
- 2/6/17 USA Today "Protect our troops, not Wall Street" op-ed by NCLC Associate Director Lauren Saunders urging President Trump to keep a strong CFPB and its director Rich Cordray.
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“Elevate’s loans have an average APR of nearly 200%, and a huge number of its borrowers default on their loans,” said National Consumer Law Center Associate Director Lauren Saunders. Elevate’s net charge-offs were 51% of revenues in 2014, the last full year for which the lender reported data in its SEC Form S-1 filing. The same filing showed an average APR of 202% for 2014 and 181% for the first nine months of 2015.
WASHINGTON D.C. (January 20, 2016) — As millions of taxpayers turn to paid tax preparers to help complete what, for many, is their largest financial transaction of the year, a coalition of consumer and community organizations and advocates is drawing attention to the findings of a national poll that demonstrates broad public support for new consumer protections designed to prevent errors and fraud during the tax preparation process.
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(BOSTON) The National Consumer Law Center (NCLC), a nonprofit with headquarters in Boston and an office in Washington, D.C., has appointed Richard Dubois as executive director, effective January 1, 2016. The organization works for economic justice for low-income and other disadvantaged people in the United States.
Dubois succeeds Willard Ogburn, who retired at the end of 2015, after 28 years as NCLC’s executive director.
“We are very pleased with our selection of Rich Dubois as NCLC’s new executive director,” said Michael Ferry, board president of NCLC. “After a nationwide search and review of several highly qualified candidates, we are convinced that Rich has the experience, skill, and insight to maintain NCLC at the top of its field, increase still further its impact and scope, and sustain its staff as they work to protect consumers and promote the common good.”
Advocates Urge CFPB to Ban Deceptive Practice
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(BOSTON) As holiday shoppers stream into stores and shopping malls, a new report by the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) warns of a lurking danger: deferred interest promotions on credit cards. Deceptive Bargain: The Hidden Time Bomb of Deferred Interest Credit Cards details the risks and abuses of these promotions that are used to promote purchases of big-ticket items.
31 Groups Urge American Express, General Electric, JPMorgan Chase, Sears, Citigroup, Toyota and Discover to Protect Legal Rights of Customers, WorkersWASHINGTON, D.C. – Seven major American corporations should stop requiring their customers and workers to give up their legal rights when they sign basic contracts, Public Citizen, the National Association of Consumer Advocates, and 29 national and state consumer, civil rights and citizen groups said in a letter today.
States Urged to Step Up Protections for Online Education Students
Tremendous Growth in For-Profit Online Distance Learning Leaves Students at Risk
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(BOSTON) Hundreds of thousands of online education students lack protections that many states provide for students attending brick-and-mortar schools. According to a new policy analysis from the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC), states have largely turned their backs on online education students whose schools lack an in-state physical presence. Yet, a majority of the largest online education schools are owned and operated by the same for-profit companies that have been the subject of multiple law enforcement investigations and actions.
NCLC Advocates Applaud FTC Rule Banning Payment Devices Used by Scammers
(WASHINGTON) Advocates of the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) praised a final rule issued yesterday by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) aimed at preventing telemarketing scammers from extracting money from people using payment devices that are tough to trace or reverse.