Smart meters promise lower bills, but could also reduce your privacy.
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Smart meters are being rolled out across Australia, offering the opportunity to share data with third parties who promise to help you find a cheaper deal. But this requires strong consumer protection.
Testing the claims.
It may come as a shock to discover that businesses are allowed to pay local authorities for advice on environmental health standards and food labelling.
Ovarian massage where the practitioner claims to ‘read’ a woman’s ovaries clearly lacks evidence.
The case of this cult-like group shows health consumers need better protection.
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray, center, plans to step down at the end of the month.
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The decision by the bureau's founding director to step down this month offers Republicans and the Trump administration a chance to finally gut the bureau they've long despised.
We use reviews and online testimonials when downloading an app or shopping on eBay. So, why not when choosing a new dentist?
Many of the online testimonials you might read for dentists and other health professional can not only mislead, they can be illegal.
Trying to sort truth about food from fiction can be overwhelming.
When the United States was settled, nearly everyone was a farmer. Today only 2 percent of Americans live on farms, and many of us are illiterate about where food comes from or what kinds are healthy.
How can we ensure technology brings prosperity to us all?
Political and community leaders must act now to preserve the American middle class and adapt the US economy for the 21st century.
What happens if your smart kettle is hacked?
'Internet of Things' devices come with many risks, but current laws may not protect us. Until they do, it may be best to steer clear.
Japanese car part manufacturing company Yazaki was fined A$9.5 million for cartel conduct. But now the ACCC wants to increase this.
The level of corporate fines for anti-competitive conduct in Australia is woefully below international benchmarks.
Not so private any more.
The Trump administration has decided to challenge the rules of protection of personal data imposed by the previous administration on ISPs.
Companies must work hard to keep their data safe.
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New standards and regulations are beginning to govern how companies protect customers' data. Companies ignore this vital issue at their peril, both financially and legally.
Would putting the regulatory onus on financial companies have prevented what happened with Comminsure?
Treasury has put forward proposals with huge gaps and that put the onus on the issuers of financial products.
Consumers need more protection when it comes to making complaints about products.
The latest Productivity Commission report on how consumer law is being used shows that the same issues still haven't been addressed for years.
Volkswagen’s headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany.
A powerful diesel lobby and fragmented class action laws put EU consumers at a disadvantage.
Need you announce you’ve been hacked? The clock is ticking.
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LinkedIn, MySpace, Yahoo: Why does it take such a long time for companies to disclose that they have been hacked?
Self-regulation of advertisements in South Africa is facing a rethink.
The current system for regulating advertising in South Africa is dependent on the buy-in of the advertiser. But this may be about to change.
Blind to the problems?
Access to justice is still deeply unequal when it comes to low level disputes over bad service or faulty goods.
A New Delhi laborer’s dirtied hands after work in a shoe factory.
Regulations are catching up with toxic chemicals we're exposed to as products' end users. But workers in un- or underregulated places are still at risk, even from chemicals designed to be "green."
If an Uber X customer is injured in an accident they may not always be covered by an insurer.
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When a transaction is between two individuals, consumer rights are less clear, but it doesn't mean all rights are lost.
Next year we’re going to Skegness.
Most passengers whose flight was delayed for a full day would complain about it. Perhaps they would write an angry letter, or vow never to use the same airline again. But Ronald Huzar didn’t stop there…