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Get the information, tools and resources it takes to protect yourself in today’s ever-changing marketplace.

These days we all need to be smart consumers. We need access to the information and resources it takes to avoid the latest scams, stop identity thieves, spot rip offs and keep unsafe food and toxic products out of our shopping carts. PIRG’s consumer watchdog team does the research, conducts media exposes, produces consumer guides, and sends out consumer alerts so we have the tools to make smart, safe, informed choices.

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Cookie pop-ups: why you should think twice before hitting “accept”
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Cookie pop-ups: why you should think twice before hitting “accept”

When we use free websites and apps, there's often cookies and other tracking technologies in the background harvesting huge amounts of data about who we are and what we do online. Virtually no laws rein in the companies behind these cookies, nor how they use and sell the info they collect.

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In times of emergency, our researchers have found price surges of up to 166% for critical supplies like face masks and bottled water.

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Our guide provides tips for avoiding price-gouging and a how-to for reporting bad actors.

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New list: Approaching 11th anniversary, top 11 actions CFPB recently took that anger financial industry

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New list: Approaching 11th anniversary, top 11 actions CFPB recently took that anger financial industry

As the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) turns 11 years old, a new list from U.S. PIRG highlights 11 ways this crucial agency has rededicated itself to its mission since Rohit Chopra was confirmed as its new director by the Senate last fall.

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18 tips to reduce robocalls and protect yourself from scams

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18 tips to reduce robocalls and protect yourself from scams

Illegal robocalls seem to be declining a smidgeon as more phone companies install federally mandated technology to block spoofed calls and detect other scam calls. Here are some tips to live by and share with vulnerable friends or relatives.

Report: One year after new federal law implemented, robocalls fall, robotexts skyrocket

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Report: One year after new federal law implemented, robocalls fall, robotexts skyrocket

A year after a new federal law aimed at fighting robocalls, the number of phone companies that have adopted the required technology has quadrupled and the volume of scam robocalls has dropped in half. But spam texts have increased more than tenfold as con artists and identity thieves find alternative ways to steal Americans’ personal information and money.

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Statement: U.S. PIRG joins Rep. Maloney and Sens. Booker and Warren for press conference on predatory overdraft fees

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Statement: U.S. PIRG joins Rep. Maloney and Sens. Booker and Warren for press conference on predatory overdraft fees

Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (NY) and Sens. Cory Booker (NJ) and Elizabeth Warren (MA) were joined by Mike Litt, U.S. PIRG’s consumer campaign director, and other advocates Tuesday to urge action on legislation to protect financial institutions’ customers from predatory overdraft fees.

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Ed
Mierzwinski

Ed
Mierzwinski

Senior Director, Federal Consumer Program, PIRG