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New restrictions on debt collections advance in Legislature

Apr. 16, 2019 12:24 AM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A trio of consumer protection bills has cleared major votes in the state Legislature, including one targeting a type of undated lawsuit that the state attorney general called potentially confusing for consumers. The House-approved proposals also target the handling of medical debt and...

Report: Minnesota students paid $620K in TCF Bank card fees

Apr. 14, 2019 5:58 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — TCF Bank made more than $620,000 in card fees from University of Minnesota students on the Twin Cities and Duluth campuses last school year, according to a consumer advocacy group's report. The U.S. Public Interest Research Group released a study last week that found 44% of the...

Blue Cross of Idaho hacked, some member information accessed

Apr. 12, 2019 7:15 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — One of Idaho's largest insurance companies said Friday that someone hacked its website and obtained access to the personal information of about 5,600 customers, including their names, claim payment information and codes indicating medical procedures they may have undergone. Blue Cross...

EU official: New US privacy law won't copy European regime

Apr. 12, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the European officials in charge of a tough data privacy law says legislation now poised to emerge in the U.S. won't be a copy of the EU's regime and will reflect American cultural values. Vera Jourova, the European Union's consumer commissioner, also said Friday she assured U.S....

Arizona governor names new utility consumer advocate

Apr. 10, 2019 12:33 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has promoted the deputy director of the office that represents consumers before state utility regulators to lead the department. Jorge Fuentes was named Director of the Residential Utility Consumer Office on Tuesday. The office is charged with protecting consumers'...

EU: Facebook changes terms to show it makes money from data

Apr. 9, 2019 9:19 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Facebook has changed the fine print in its terms of service to clearly explain to users that it makes money by using their data, the European Commission said Tuesday. The social media giant modified its terms and conditions to better inform users what they are signing up for, the commission...

Montana House committee hears testimony on Colstrip bill

Apr. 8, 2019 9:34 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Current and former members of the Montana Public Service Commission lined up Monday to speak about a bill that would allow NorthWestern Energy to purchase a share of a coal-fired power plant without commission oversight. NorthWestern and its supporters argued the legislation would let...

Nevada lawmakers consider data consumer protection bill

Apr. 8, 2019 7:22 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada lawmakers have heard a bill that would allow consumers to prevent a website operator from selling their information in certain situations. A hearing on the Democrat-backed legislation began Monday. A total of nine Democratic senators have signed on in support of the measure....

Big Tech feels the heat as US moves to protect consumer data

Apr. 8, 2019 3:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Momentum is gaining in Washington for a privacy law that could sharply rein in the ability of the largest technology companies to collect and make money off people's personal data. A national law, the first of its kind in the U.S., could allow people to see or prohibit the use of their...

Prospects brighten for US law to shield online consumer data

Apr. 8, 2019 1:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Momentum is gaining in Washington for a privacy law that could sharply rein in the ability of the largest technology companies to collect and distribute people's personal data. A national law, the first of its kind in the U.S., could allow people to see or prohibit the use of their data....