An entire industry exists to trade on your personal data - everything from your shopping habits to your political views and medical conditions. The results can genuinely harm consumers.
Consumers want better protection for their data, and businesses want clear national laws. Yet there is virtually no consensus about what a broad privacy law should entail.
Years of regulatory failure are having direct impacts on the hip pockets of the many Australians who bought defective houses or apartments. It's turning into a multibillion-dollar disaster.
JFK pushed consumer rights to the top of the national agenda in 1962, leading to a raft of new laws offering new protections. But without enforcement, such rights are meaningless.
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.
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.
The case of this cult-like group shows health consumers need better protection.
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.
Many of the online testimonials you might read for dentists and other health professional can not only mislead, they can be illegal.
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.
Political and community leaders must act now to preserve the American middle class and adapt the US economy for the 21st century.
'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.
The level of corporate fines for anti-competitive conduct in Australia is woefully below international benchmarks.
The Trump administration has decided to challenge the rules of protection of personal data imposed by the previous administration on ISPs.
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.
Treasury has put forward proposals with huge gaps and that put the onus on the issuers of financial 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.
A powerful diesel lobby and fragmented class action laws put EU consumers at a disadvantage.
LinkedIn, MySpace, Yahoo: Why does it take such a long time for companies to disclose that they have been hacked?
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.