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Consumers deserve more control over their credit reports
Consumer, civil rights and advocacy groups wrote to members of Congress to express opposition to the Credit Access and Inclusion Act (HR 435). This legislation, if enacted, would reduce consumers’ control over their own data by preempting state and federal privacy protections, damage the credit scores of millions of consumers with a disproportionate impact on African Americans, and conflict with long-standing state utility regulatory consumer protections.

Bill would damage credit scores of million of consumers
Consumer Action joined the National Consumer Law Center and other organizations in opposition to HR 435—legislation that would reduce consumers’ control over their own data by preempting state and federal privacy protections, damage the credit scores of millions of consumers with a disproportionate impact on African Americans, and conflict with long-standing state utility regulatory consumer protections.

Updates needed to protect servicemembers from debt collectors
Consumer Action joined the National Consumer Law Center and other groups in a letter to the House and Senate armed forces committees urging updated rules to protect servicemembers from predatory practices by companies that seek to take advantage of them as a result of their uniforms.

Advocates call on Congress do more for victims of Equifax breach
The Equifax data breach is prompting advocates to call on Congress for better protection of consumers' sensitive financial information. Not only should free credit freeze legislation be implemented immediately, but Congress should also resist the financial and banking industries attempts to pass legislation that preempts stronger state laws in matters that relate to consumers’ data security and privacy.

Secretary DeVos called on to protect student loan borrowers of color
Consumer Action joined the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of more than 200 national advocate organizations, in sending a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, expressing strong concerns about the Department of Education’s recent changes to student loan servicing, debt collection, and higher education regulations and their impact on Black and Latino borrowers. These actions are inconsistent with the Department of Education’s responsibility to advance higher education and serve the interests of all students, including students of color.

The CHOICE Act is WRONG for Americans and the economy
A bill being considered by the House, the Financial CHOICE Act, or more-aptly called “WRONG CHOICE Act” (H.R. 10) would eviscerate post Great Recession safeguards, including most of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, putting the U.S. economy and taxpayers in the same perilous position as prior to the financial crisis.

Will alt data sources help the credit invisible? It depends.
As the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) takes a closer look at alternative data and the impact it has on those who are deemed “credit thin” or “credit invisible,” consumer advocates submit their own recommendations on the matter. While it’s true that credit invisibility poses a real problem for many, a lack of credit history could be better than negative credit history. Whether the use of alternative data in calculating credit scores is likely to help or hinder one’s access to credit will depend on the information being used, the consumer’s ability to consent to its use, and the way that creditors interpret and apply the data.

The Choice Act 2.0 is the WRONG choice for consumers
Advocates are urging Congress to oppose the so-called Financial Choice Act 2.0, that aims to repeal parts and eviscerate parts of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, including the centerpiece Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The (Wrong) Choice Act would grind the CFPB to a halt by turning it into a gridlocked Commission, and eliminate its independent funding. This irresponsible assault takes all the worst ideas and combines them into one toxic package.

Hands off the CFPB!
Advocates penned a very clear response to Delaware’s Senator Tom Carper’s stated interest in exploring changes to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) structure: “Back off!” The CFPB has been wildly successful at protecting American consumers and weakening the agency’s oversight would be a grave mistake. The only reason to do so would be to favor the banking and financial industries that jeopardized the world economy and devastated American families less than a decade ago.

Preventing FinTech from avoiding regulation and preying on consumers
In a letter to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Consumer Action joined consumer, civil rights, small business, and other community organizations to express strong opposition to new federal nonbank lending charters that would enable financial technology companies (also known as “fintech”) to avoid state consumer protection laws and state oversight, putting consumers and small businesses at risk.

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