Advocates push for national registry to halt data broker abuse
Consumer Action was one of the initial supporters of an effort to prevail upon the FTC to create a national registry to halt data broker abuse.

Legislation would curb abusive “trigger leads”—unwanted home financing offers to mortgage borrowers
Diverse groups signed on to letter supporting the Homebuyers Privacy Protection Act of 2024, which would curb the abusive use of mortgage credit “trigger leads”—the sale of consumer data that results in a bombardment of calls seeking to lure them from their chosen lenders.

Call for an AI Bill of Rights
A range of advocacy groups joined in a letter calling upon the Biden-Harris administration to make the White House Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights binding U.S. government policy for the federal government’s use of AI systems.

Groups voice support for privacy legislation to protect children and teens
Consumer Action was one of many groups that voiced support for online privacy legislation that would outlaw data practices that fuel harmful algorithms targeting kids and teenagers with toxic content.

Advocates blast so-called data privacy bill that would wipe out state consumer protections
Consumer advocates blasted a so-called data privacy bill, introduced by Representative Patrick McHenry (R-NC), that would actually roll back protections provided under state law while offering little or no real new federal protections.

Don’t allow data brokers to profit off of consumers’ identifying personal information in credit reports
A half dozen consumer advocacy organizations, including Consumer Action, wrote to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to urge the agency to use its authority under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) to rein in widespread harmful behavior by the data broker industry, which leverages the personal information of millions for profit without their consent.

Coalition calls for House vote on the American Data Privacy and Protection Act (ADPPA)
Two dozen groups urge Speaker Nancy Pelosi to move the American Data Privacy and Protection Act (ADPPA) to a vote by the full House of Representatives.

Consumer Action joins CFA in request for surveillance advertising ban and stronger data protection
Consumer Action joined Consumer Federation of America’s letter to the Federal Trade Commission regarding the agency’s Advance Notice of Rulemaking on Commercial Surveillance and Data Security. The organizations urged the FTC to prohibit surveillance advertising, set rules for data minimization, and not rely on notice of data practices as sufficient protection for consumers.

Groups urge clearer guidance from the California Privacy Protection Agency (CPPA)
Consumer Action joined allies in comments commending the California Privacy Protection Agency (CPPA) for its work to establish data privacy protections for Californians and urged the agency to provide consumers and businesses clearer guidance with respect to their rights and obligations.

Advocates urge Congress to pass online kids’ safety reform
In a letter to Congress, coalition groups urged legislators to provide protections for kids and teens online. Advocates warn that the business model of the internet as we know it today isn’t healthy for children. Among their questionable practices, Big Tech companies prioritize continued engagement and data collection over taking offline breaks, encourage kids to share their sensitive data to get more “likes,” and expose young people to predators online.

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