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Public Knowledge takes on patent reform
Advocacy group Public Knowledge has released a 5-part plan to reform the country's badly broken patent system. Comments: 0

Secret scores threaten your privacy
The World Privacy Forum has released a new report that explores the issue of predictive scores, or scores that use information about your past to predict your future, used rampantly by data brokers, analytics firms and retailers. Comments: 0

Airline fees prey on consumer fears of the unexpected
Findings in a new National Consumers League (NCL) report suggest that the airlines are supplementing cancellation/change fees revenue with commissions from the sale of travel insurance policies that are often misleadingly marketed to consumers. Comments: 0

Switching banks costs more than just headaches for consumers
A new report from Consumers Union looks at the obstacles faced by consumers who decide to switch banks. Comments: 0

Students caught between banks and universities
U.S. Public Interest Research Group (US PIRG) has released a report that explores the relationship between banks and universities, including how partnerships between the two to provide student aid disbursements or student ID cards may end up costing students. Comments: 0

Class action lawsuits deter companies from financial wrongdoing, study finds
A study released by The Investor Advocate reports that the threat of class action lawsuits against corporations is more of a deterrent to corporate malfeasance than SEC enforcement action. Comments: 0

Map of medical identity theft reveals geographic patterns
The World Privacy Forum has published an interactive map of medical identity theft occurrences in the United States, based on complaints to the Federal Trade Commission. Comments: 0

Credit reporting system fails in fairness and accuracy, report says
Public interest group Demos has released a report that reviews the country's credit reporting system and looks at the impact of credit reports and scores on everyday Americans. Among other things, having poor credit means a consumer pay more for a car or a home, and can even mean being denied for or terminated from a job. Comments: 0

Study digs into how we use social networks
A study from the Pew Internet and American Life Project reveals how our trust, personal relationships, and civic and political involvement are connected to the use of social network sites and other technologies. Comments: 0

How safe are your savings?
Investors will continue to be preyed upon as long as brokers, banks and insurers are allowed to place profits above the best interests of their clients, finds a new report by Demos. Comments: 0

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