Consumer bureau’s reckless plan for debt collection

Source: David Vladeck, WIRED Op-Ed

We learn in email 101 that hyperlinks from unfamiliar senders are breeding grounds for scams.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau apparently skipped these lessons. Despite many warnings, the CFPB has proposed a rule that could require consumers to click on hyperlinks in unfamiliar emails. The proposal allows debt collectors to deliver important information about a debt and a consumer’s rights via links in text messages and emails—without first obtaining consent to electronic communications, as is normally required under federal law.

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