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SHOULD BIG DATA BE USED TO SET INSURANCE RATES? - Consumer advocates claim some insurance companies now use data mining to unfairly price their home and auto insurance premiums and they want the practice banned...Read More
SCAM ALERT: FAKE DEBT COLLECTORS - These con artists often target people who applied for a payday loan online and use threats to pressure them into paying debts they don't owe...Read More
YOU CAN'T RUN OR HIDE FROM BIG DATA - Privacy advocates have big concerns about big data and how all the information being collected about us is being used...Read More
DID YOU HEAR? GM HAS A FREE-LOANER PROGRAM - General Motors will provide a free loaner car to anyone who has a recalled car that needs a defective ignition switch replaced. ...Read More
EARLY WARNING SYSTEM FOR AUTO DEFECTS NEEDED - A bill in the Senate would require an automaker to tell federal safety regulators as soon as it knows about a fatal accident involving one of its vehicles...Read More
WEB SATISFACTION SURVEY - This first-of-a-kind national survey shows financial institutions websites are doing a very good job, but social media is not...Read More
SUPERMARKET RATINGS 2014 - Readers of Consumer Reports - more than 27,000 of them - rated 55 supermarket chains...Read More

PAYDAY LOANS CAN RESULT IN LONG-TERM DEBT  - A new study by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau finds that the vast majority of short-term payday loans are not paid off within 14 days...Read More

CRITICS SAY FEDS MISS AUTO SAFETY PROBLEMS  - Consumer advocates believe NHTSA, the government auto safety agency, was asleep at the wheel in the GM recall case and many others...Read More
BIG DATA USED TO CATCH TAX FRAUD - ID thieves are stealing millions of dollars a year by filing fraudulent state income tax returns. Now some states are using big data to fight back...Read More


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