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Consumer views and news since 2007 about identity theft, privacy, and corporate responsibility -- by George Jenkins



Updated: 2017-12-12T16:00:00-05:00

 



Was Your Identity Information Misused To Submit Fake Comments To The FCC About Net Neutrality?

2017-12-12T21:36:28-05:00

After creating a webpage specifically to help New York State residents determine if their identifies were misued for net neutrality comments, Attorney General Schneiderman announced: "In the last five days alone, over 3,200 people have reported misused identities to the Attorney General’s office, including nearly 350 New Yorkers from across...



Governors and Federal Agencies Are Blocking Nearly 1,300 Accounts on Facebook and Twitter

2017-12-11T09:00:00-05:00

[Editor's note: today's guest blog post, by the reporters at ProPublica, highlights a little-known practice by some elected officials to block their constituents on social networking sites. Today's post is reprinted with permission.] By Leora Smith and Derek Kravitz - ProPublica Amanda Farber still doesn’t know why Maryland Gov. Larry...



Photos: December 7 Demonstration In Boston To Keep Net Neutrality

2017-12-11T13:19:11-05:00

Demonstrations occurred nationwide on December 7 to save net neutrality. Citizens took to the streets to keep our internet services open. About 200 persons attended the demonstration in Boston on Boylston Street. It was encouraging to meet several students from local universities participating in the event. They understand the issue...



Futurism: Your Life Without Net Neutrality Protections

2017-12-07T15:52:28-05:00

You've probably heard that Ajit Pai, the Chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), is leading his agency towards a vote on December 14, 2017 to kill net neutrality. How will consumers' online lives change? Futurism described what your online life will be like without net neutrality: "You’re at...



Lower Tax Rate And Fewer Deductions. Questionable Help For Middle Class Taxpayers

2017-12-05T17:15:20-05:00

Yesterday, I received an alert from the professional that prepares my income taxes: "Dear Clients, I know that Congress has not yet finalized the new tax law, but it looks pretty certain that Certain Miscellaneous Deductions will no longer be allowed in 2018. If you want to know if that...



'Tens Of Thousands' Of Fake Comments Submitted. New York State Attorney General Demands Answers From the FCC

2017-11-24T14:56:27-05:00

Just before the Thanksgiving holiday, the attorney general for the New York State sent an open letter to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) about fake comments submitted to the agency's online comments system. Eric T. Schneiderman directed his letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. It read in part: "Recent...



FCC Approved Plan To Allow Telecom Companies To Block Robocalls

2017-11-21T16:08:45-05:00

Last week, commissioners at the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to allow telecommunications companies to block automated phone calls, known as robocalls, by scammers. Unwanted calls, including illegal robocalls, are a leading complaint by consumers. Some experts estimated that consumers in the United States received about 2.4 billion robocalls...



Why The IRS Gave Equifax A No-Bid Contract Extension

2017-10-06T12:16:11-04:00

You've probably heard the news. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) gave a no-bid contract to Equifax, even after knowing about the credit reporting agency's massive data breach and arguably lackadaisical data security approaches by management. Why would the IRS do this? The contract's synopsis in the Federal Business Opportunities (FBO)...



Equifax: 2.5 Million More Persons Affected By Massive Data Breach

2017-10-07T10:27:28-04:00

Equifax disclosed on Monday, October 2, that 2.5 more persons than originally announced were affected by its massive data breach earlier this year. According to the Equifax breach website: "... cybersecurity firm Mandiant has completed the forensic portion of its investigation of the cybersecurity incident disclosed on September 7 to...



FCC: You Really Don't Need High-Speed Internet Services

2017-09-27T09:54:13-04:00

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) seeks to lower key internet standards: the minimum download and upload speeds for services to qualify as high-speed internet (a/k/a broadband). What the heck you ask? Sadly, this is no joke. First, some background. Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act requires the FCC to...



Experts Say the Use of Private Email by Trump’s Voter Fraud Commission Isn’t Legal

2017-09-18T10:00:00-04:00

[Editor's note: today's guest post is by the reporters at ProPublica. It is reprinted with permission.] By Jessica Huseman, ProPublica President Donald Trump’s voter fraud commission came under fire earlier this month when a lawsuit and media reports revealed that the commissioners were using private emails to conduct public business....



The Equifax Breach: Several Investigations Underway

2017-09-15T09:00:00-04:00

The Office of the Attorney General (AG) for the State of Nevada announced yesterday an investigation into the Equifax data breach. About 143 million persons were affected. The announcement stated: "The breach, which took place from mid-May through July of this year, neglected to keep important personal identifying information safe...



What We Know -- And Don't Know -- About Hate Crimes in America

2017-09-07T11:51:14-04:00

[Editor's Note: today's guest blog post explores the problem of hate crimes. Recent surveys about harassment found that what happens online often doesn't stay online. Hopefully, future reports by ProPublica will explore the linkages. Today's blog post is reprinted with permission.] By Rachel Glickhouse, ProPublica "Go home. We need Americans...



Neighbor Spoofing: What It Is And The Best Way To Stop It

2017-08-29T08:00:00-04:00

A friend recently posted on social media: "I get five to seven phone calls daily from a 617-388-(random) number. I keep blocking them but new ones keep calling. My number is a 617-388- number. I've called a few back and they're actually people's personal mobile numbers. What is going on?!...



The Bogus Claims By Broadband Providers And Their Allies About Net Neutrality

2017-08-10T09:00:00-04:00

The Techdirt blog has called out -- in plain language -- the bogus claims and distortions by broadband providers about net neutrality rules. Techdirt reported: "... one of AT&T, Comcast and Verizon's favorite bogus claims about net neutrality rules is that such consumer protections will somehow prevent the sick or...



National Parks: Buy Your Senior Pass Before the Price Hike

2017-07-28T15:23:11-04:00

The U.S. National Park Service (NPS) is responsible for the care of the nation's parks. With 417 sites, its park system includes 129 historical parks or sites, 87 national monuments, 59 national parks, 25 battlefields or military parks, 19 preserves, 18 recreation areas, 10 seashores, four parkways, four lake shores,...



U.S. Treasury Department Fined ExxonMobil $2 Million For Sanction Violations

2017-07-21T10:00:00-04:00

On Thursday, the U.S. Department of the Treasury fined ExxonMobil Corporation $2 million for violations of sanctions while current Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was the company's Chief Executive Officer. The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) within the Treasury Department issued the fine. According to the announcement: "Between on...



CBP Responds To Senator's Query About Border Searches Of Returning Travelers' Devices

2017-07-18T10:12:09-04:00

This has implications for all U.S. citizens returning to the country from international travel; business or vacation. An important exchange occurred recently between government officials about Fourth Amendment rights and protections, or the lack thereof, for citizens. Earlier this year, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) sent a letter (Adobe PDF)...



CFPB Issues New Rule Governing Arbitration Clauses

2017-07-17T09:00:00-04:00

The products and services many consumers purchases include contractual agreements with arbitration clauses, which prohibit consumers from getting relief by joining class-action lawsuits. Those clauses also specify the out-of-court process to resolve disagreements and the upfront fees consumers must pay. Many you have heard of the phrase, "binding arbitration." Regular...



Presidential Commission Demands Massive Amounts of State Voter Data

2017-07-07T14:56:01-04:00

[Editor's Note: today's guest blog post, by the reporters at ProPublica, explores issues of alleged voter fraud, and the problems with analyses claiming multiple voter registrations across states. It is reprinted with permission.] by Jessica Huseman, ProPublica On June 28, all 50 states were sent letters from Kris Kobach --...