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, publicizes issues through the media, produces consumer guides, and sends out consumer alerts so we all have the tools to make smart, safe, informed choices.
The Latest on Consumer alerts
STATEMENT: We support the Informing Consumers About Smart Devices Act
Fed expected to lower bank debit card fees. Wait! But Visa/Mastercard want to raise credit card fees again!
Warning on eye drops expands: Now 27 brands and types could cause blindness
Nearly 400,000 Honda lawnmowers and pressure washers recalled
83,000 Boon Flair high chairs recalled because seats can detach
What You Can Do
Tell the DOT: Travelers need refunds for canceled flights
Tell the FCC to make all phone companies follow the new caller ID law
Tell the FDA: We need food recall alerts
How to request and download your Facebook data
How to stop Instagram from harvesting so much of your data
Fixed for the Holidays
Fixed for the Holidays – Refurbished Technology Factsheet
Did You Know?
In times of emergency, our researchers have found price surges of up to 166% for critical supplies like bottled water.
What We're Doing
Our guide provides tips for avoiding price-gouging and a how-to for reporting bad actors.
NEW REPORT: The Plane Truth 3 points to ongoing problems
Flyer complaints hitting new highs as data show airlines still haven't got their act in gear
News release: Supreme Court arguments affirm constitutionality of CFPB’s funding mechanism
The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) v. Community Financial Services Association of America (CFSA). This pivotal case will determine the future of the CFPB’s funding.
Rainbow Road children’s books: 260,000 recalled over choking hazard
Books were sold at stores and school book fairs nationwide
Mastercard, don’t sell my data
Mastercard sees how much you spend, where and on what days - and it sells that information to companies you’ve never heard of.
STATEMENT: Kraft cheese recall points to larger problem with our food
Incidents of food containing rocks, plastic, glass and more are inexcusable