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CR urges CFPB to adopt strong consent and privacy requirements as it considers options for a personal financial data rights rulemaking

Proposals aim to give consumers more control over their personal financial data and make it easier to switch to other financial providers WASHINGTON, D.C. –…

January 26, 2023

Consumer Reports comment letter to the CFPB on personal financial data rights rulemaking options

In a comment letter filed with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Consumer Reports called on the agency to adopt strong rules that protect consumers’ privacy…

January 26, 2023

Privacy Group Letter Opposing Indiana SB 5

Consumer Reports, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), and Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) write in respectful opposition to SB 5. The bill seeks to provide…

January 26, 2023

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Consumer Reports statement on Justice Department’s antitrust lawsuit against Google

WASHINGTON, D.C. —Consumer Reports released the following statement in response to the Department of Justice’s lawsuit against Google for anticompetitive practices to grow and maintain…

January 24, 2023

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FDA’s draft guidance on limiting lead in baby food is encouraging first step, but more needs to be done

Consumer Reports calls on FDA to strengthen limits to better protect vulnerable babies and young children from toxic lead in food WASHINGTON, D.C. – The…

January 24, 2023

Peer-to-Peer Payment Apps: A Case Study for a Digital Finance Standard

Executive Summary The digital finance marketplace is rapidly changing and evolving, with new forms of payment, new forms of investing, new ways to borrow and…

January 24, 2023

Peer-to-Peer Payment Services: Findings from CR’s nationally representative American Experiences Survey in 2022

Consumer Reports surveyed consumers on different aspects of their experiences and opinions about peer-to-peer (P2P) payment services on four occasions in its American Experiences Survey…

January 24, 2023

CR Opposes Iowa HSB 12 (Iowa Privacy Act)

Consumer Reports respectfully opposes Iowa HSB 12, the Iowa Privacy Act. The bill seeks to provide to Iowa consumers the right to know the information…

January 23, 2023

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CR petitions chocolate makers to reduce dangerous heavy metals in products

CR calls on Trader Joe’s, Hershey’s, Mondelez and Theo to reduce levels of lead and cadmium in dark chocolate bars YONKERS, NY – Consumer Reports…

January 23, 2023

CR letters to chocolate makers calling on them to reduce the level of dangerous heavy metals in their products

Consumer Reports called on leading dark chocolate makers to reduce the level of dangerous heavy metals in their products after recent tests by CR found…

January 23, 2023

Report: Future of Memory Safety

In October 2022, Consumer Reports hosted an online convening to discuss ways to encourage widespread adoption of code written in memory-safe languages. The event gave…

January 22, 2023

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Community and Advocacy Organizations Applaud Final New York DFS Regulation to Cap Check Cashing Fees and Tighten Rules Regarding Future Increases

“Costly Nuisance” Hits Low- and Moderate-Income New Yorkers Especially Hard Community, legal services, and neighborhood organizations spoke out in strong support today of a new…

January 18, 2023

Coalition Letter of Support for New York State Department of Financial Services Regulation Limiting Fee Increases for Check Cashing

Letter from New York community, legal services, and neighborhood organizations, strongly in support of the New York State Department of Financial Services’ proposed amendment to…

January 18, 2023

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Coalition renews call for law banning discriminatory auto insurance pricing as millions of NJ drivers face rate hikes in 2023

Trenton—A coalition of consumer, business, anti-poverty, racial justice, and immigration advocates today called on state lawmakers to advance legislation banning discriminatory auto insurance pricing practices, as millions of New Jersey drivers face an average premium increase of $125 in 2023.  A new…

January 12, 2023

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Consumer Reports Launches New Online Resource Hub as More States Move Forward on Low Carbon Fuel Policies

WASHINGTON, D.C.– With states poised to consider new clean fuel standards in 2023, and the White House announcing details of its plan to reduce U.S. …

January 12, 2023

Low Carbon Fuels: Transforming Transportation for a More Sustainable Future

OVERVIEW Greenhouse gases, like carbon dioxide, can trap heat in the earth’s atmosphere. This can lead to extreme weather such as hurricanes, droughts, and increased…

January 11, 2023

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Consumer Reports: Fisher-Price and Kids2 have failed to get dangerous sleepers out of people’s homes, with at least 12 additional infant deaths since 2019 recalls

Consumer Reports calls on Fisher-Price and Kids2 to deliver more timely, transparent, and effective recalls of hazardous products The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) today…

January 9, 2023

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Consumer Reports applauds federal fine of Peloton for delayed, faulty recall of treadmills

CPSC has linked at least one child’s death and dozens of injuries to the Peloton Tread+; company recalled product in 2021 amid pressure from CR,…

January 5, 2023

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New York Governor signs historic digital right to repair bill into law

Consumer Reports applauds Governor Hochul for signing the Digital Fair Repair Act, which will provide consumers with new rights when in need of repairs of…

December 29, 2022

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A Big Win for Child Safety: The STURDY Act, Included in Year-End Bill, Goes To President’s Desk To Be Signed Into Law

The STURDY Act will require a federal safety standard for dressers and other clothing storage furniture to help prevent deadly tip-overs that have killed hundreds…

December 23, 2022

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Consumer Reports: New clean-air standards for heavy-duty vehicles are a big first step to make big rigs cleaner

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  The Environmental Protection Agency today unveiled new clean-air standards to reduce pollution from heavy-duty vehicles, such as tractor-trailer rigs, buses and large…

December 20, 2022

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Consumer Reports praises clean car rules advancing in Oregon and Washington state

State officials in Oregon and Washington today are moving forward to adopt clean car rules that would require all new vehicles sold in these states…

December 19, 2022

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Consumer Reports supports USDA’s proposed framework for reducing salmonella in poultry by testing incoming flocks before slaughter

CR encourages USDA to focus on salmonella strains most likely to make people sick WASHINGTON, D.C. – Consumer Reports announced its support today for the…

December 16, 2022

Consumer Reports letter to USDA on proposed regulatory framework to reduce salmonella in poultry

Consumer Reports letter in support of the USDA’s proposed regulatory framework for reducing salmonella illnesses from poultry.  CR endorsed the USDA’s proposal to test incoming…

December 16, 2022

Coalition letter to FDA Commissioner calling for an empowered deputy commissioner to oversee the agency’s food program

Letter from a coalition of consumer advocates, industry leaders, and state and local regulators to FDA Commissioner Robert Califf calling on him to make a…

December 15, 2022

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Media Advisory: Energy and Environmental Leaders to Meet for White House Electrification Summit

Consumer Reports’ Dr. Quinta Warren to join other experts to discuss opportunities created by new laws   (WASHINGTON, December 14) — Energy and environmental leaders…

December 14, 2022

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Consumer Reports Releases Guidelines for Designing Advanced Driver Assist System Controls

ADAS Systems can save lives only if they are understood and used by the consumers Consumer Reports today is providing detailed guidelines to car manufacturers…

December 13, 2022

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EPA Trends Report Shows Automakers Failed To Deliver Fuel Economy Gains Between Model Years 2020 and 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released its annual Automotive Trends Report. This report details the automakers’ compliance with EPA’s greenhouse gas…

December 12, 2022

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Consumer Reports: Surge in e-bike battery fires reveals urgent need for stronger consumer safety policies and corporate accountability

A new CR investigation identifies how flaws in the product safety system have led to hundreds of e-bike battery fires in 2022  WASHINGTON, D.C. —…

December 8, 2022

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Consumer Reports statement on the Reagan Udall Foundation’s review of the FDA’s food program

CR calls for strengthened leadership and accountability to improve agency’s effectiveness WASHINGTON, D.C. – A report issued by the Reagan Udall Foundation today on its…

December 6, 2022

Consumer Reports Comments on IRS Request for Information on Consumer EV Tax Credits

On August 16, 2022, the President signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law. This law contains updates to consumer tax credits for new and used…

December 5, 2022

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Consumer Reports applauds EPA proposal to strengthen Renewable Fuel Standard program

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Consumer Reports today praised the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s proposal to strengthen and expand its Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program . The…

December 1, 2022

CR testimony before Senate Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust, and Consumer Rights on the Proposed Kroger-Albertsons Transaction

Testimony – Sharma – 2022-11-28 Sumit Sharma, senior researcher for technology competition at Consumer Reports, testified at a hearing held by the Senate Subcommittee on…

December 1, 2022

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Consumer Reports to testify at Senate hearing on the Proposed Kroger-Albertsons Transaction

Washington, DC – Sumit Sharma, senior researcher for technology competition at Consumer Reports, will testify today at 3:00 pm et at a hearing held by…

November 29, 2022

Consumer Reports submits comments on FTC privacy and security rulemaking

Consumer Reports submitted comments on the FTC’s Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Commercial Surveillance and Data Security. We urged the FTC to take action…

November 21, 2022

Consumer Reports files additional comments on changes to California privacy regulations

Consumer Reports submitted comments to the California Privacy Protection Agency on its revised proposed regulations interpreting the California Privacy Rights Act. CR urged the CPPA…

November 21, 2022

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CR highlights potential risks of buy now, pay later loans as more consumers turn to popular payment plans during the holidays

CR offers tips to avoid problems and calls for stronger consumer protections  YONKERS, NY — As the holiday shopping season kicks into high gear with…

November 21, 2022

Buy Now, Pay Later Services: August 2022 nationally representative internet survey

Consumer Reports conducted a nationally representative survey of buy now, pay later users to learn more about consumer experiences with and opinions about the payment…

November 21, 2022

Buy Now, Pay Later: Consumer protections needed for the popular new way to pay

Consumer Reports analysis highlighting six key areas where users may experience gaps in consumer protection when making purchases with Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) loans.…

November 21, 2022

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Consumer Reports encouraged by FCC efforts to increase transparency with a consumer broadband label, but work remains

New Consumer Reports study of 22,000 broadband bills demonstrates why the label is needed – and why the FCC should go further to make sure…

November 17, 2022

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