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    Cell Phones and Consumer Protection

    Witnesses testified about the practice of “cramming” wireless phone bills, in which consumers are charged for unauthorized third-party services.

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    Communicators with Representatives Lofgren and Shimkus

    Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and John Shimkus (R-IL) talked separately by video link from the U.S. Capitol about telecommunications and technology legislation they sponsored and…

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    Cruise Passenger Safety

    The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee met to discuss the Cruise Passenger Protection Act. The hearing examined the safety and security regulations of the cruising…

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    Communicators with John Havens

    John Havens talked by video link from New York City about his book, Hacking H(app)iness: Why Your Personal Data Counts and How Tracking It Can Change the World. Topics included how personal…

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    General Motors Ignition Switch Recall

    Dispute resolution attorney Kenneth Feinberg and executives from General Motors (GM) and one of its suppliers testified on the automaker’s delayed ignition switch recall and its…

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    Representatives Nolan and Crenshaw on Treasury Spending Bill

    Representative Rick Nolan (D-MN) offered a motion to recommit on the Treasury Department spending bill. The motion would have amended the bill to increase the Consumer Product Safety…

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    Cyber Crime Networks

    Witnesses testified at a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing on the threat from “botnets,” networks of infected computers that are used to carry out cyber attacks, send spam…

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    Consumer Drones

    Robot and drone manufacturers, software developers, and drone photographers talked about the future of rapidly developing consumer drone technology. Uses such as taking picture, mapping…

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    Automobile Recalls

    David Shepardson talked about automaker recalls. According to the Associated Press, automakers had recalled 28 million vehicles in 2014 --more than 1 in 10 vehicles -- and were on…

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    General Motors Ignition Switch Recall

    Michael Fletcher gave a recap of General Motors Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra’s testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee. C-SPAN…

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    General Motors Ignition Switch Recall

    Mary Barra and Anton Valukas testified on General Motor' internal report on why the automaker waited so long to issue a recall on a defective ignition switch found in certain…

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    High-Speed Stock Transactions and Insider Trading

    Witnesses testified on stock market conflicts of interest in high-frequency trading practices, and their impact on consumer confidence. Committee Chair Carl Levin (D-MI) in his opening…

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    Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Report

    Richard Cordray gave his semi-annual report to Congress of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Mr. Cordray said that while building a new federal agency involves…

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    Location Privacy Protection

    Witnesses testified on legislation that would outlaw location tacking applications that secretly track the location of consumers' smartphones and other devices. Senator Al…

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    Student Loan Debt

    Education officials testified on the effects on the economy of high student loan interest rates and debt. The hearing followed Senator Sherrod Brown’s (D-OH) introduction of the…

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    General Motors Recall Strategy

    Paul Barrett talked about his Bloomberg Businessweek article on General Motors' recall of almost 2.6 million cars, “Why GM Keeps Swerving From Apology to Aggression in Recall…

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    Data Collection and Privacy

    Josh Gerstein talked about Politico’s new series on private-sector data collection and the implications for consumer privacy. At the conclusion of the program C-SPAN Radio’s…

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    Q&A with Ralph Nader

    Ralph Nader talked about his book, Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State. Mr. Nader spoke about his upbringing and the experiences that have…

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    Consumers' Right to Sue Policy

    Ami Gadhia talked about consumers' right to sue following General Mills change to its prior legal terms that would have prevented the option of a court trial or class action lawsuit against…

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    Online Privacy and Identity Theft

    Lee Rainie talked about a study put together by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project. The study found that 18 percent of adults with Internet access had…

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