On Our Radar

In this section called "On Our Radar," Consumer Action shares thought-provoking and informative issues on a variety of topics. You can add your thoughts and comments.

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2015 survey offers California drivers insurance pricing insight
The annual pricing survey from the California Department of Insurance helps drivers narrow the list of which insurers to request a quote from—and to see how their current insurer's pricing compares. Comments: 0

Shopping apps don’t give consumers key information
A report issued by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has found that a host of mobile apps used for shopping do not give consumers important information about payment and liability prior to download. 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

Recent changes in reverse mortgages impact older homeowners
Consumers have more choice in reverse mortgages, but these loans are generally more expensive and more complicated, finds a new study by the AARP Public Policy Institute. Comments: 0

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