Consumers Union News Releases

  • Intellectual Property Rights — Take the Consumer Survey

    Consumers Union, and the over 220 member organizations of Consumers International (CI), believes that it is in the interest of all consumers to have unhampered and inclusive access to knowledge. To this end, we are helping CI gather information to pinpoint the barriers consumers face when they access knowledge resources such as educational materials, software, films and music. By completing the six questions on the CI access barriers survey, you can help us to understand how consumers view and interact with copyrighted materials.

Blog Posts

  • All Cell Phones Share Location Data

    Your Mobile Privacy:  Even a Dumb Phone Shares Location Data Whether you know it or not, whether you consent or not, whether you like it or not, your location data can be constantly tracked by your cell carrier – even IF your phone is a block or ‘dumb’ phone. As Pro Publica reporter Megha Rajagopalan points out, cell phone companies collect location data Continue Reading

  • More bureaucracy? No thanks!

    We heard a lot from the Presidential campaigns about regulations – not much of it good. So now that our elected officials are back in Washington, some want to put another layer of bureaucracy over those agencies that protect consumers. That just doesn’t make sense. If this proposed Senate bill passes, it would create a regulatory bottleneck Continue Reading

  • White House wants to hear from you on online privacy

    In a recent blog post, we reported that the White House, in conjunction with the Department of Commerce, had released a Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights. The document promises open, transparent forums where industry members and consumer advocates can work together to create reasonable codes of conduct that will lead to privacy solutions for consumers. Continue Reading

  • Center for Media Justice: AT&T-T-Mobile Deal Not Good for Communities of Color and Poor

    The Center for Media Justice has just issued a new report that says AT&T’s proposed $39 billion purchase of T-Mobile will not be good for communities of color or the poor. You can read the report here.

  • AT&T Letter About T-Mobile Purchase Posted on FCC Website Causes Stir

    The blogoshere has been buzzing about AT&T and its recent letter to the FCC regarding its merger with T-Mobile.  The letter offers details about a meeting between company executives and lawyers and FCC officials.  The letter was posted on the FCC’s web site for a few hours before being pulled and replaced by a different Continue Reading

  • Facebook Needs To Do More To Protect Its Youngest Users

      Facebook needs to be doing more to help protect minors using its service, according to a letter sent to the company’s top executive by Consumers Union. Consumers Union is the publisher of this blog. The letter is based on a just-released annual survey by Consumer Reports on the State of the Net. Projections from Continue Reading

  • Pair of Proposed Bills Would Help Protect Consumer Online Privacy

    A pair of online privacy bills recently introduced in the Senate would go a long way in protecting consumers when they use the Internet. One of the bills – called the “Do-Not-Track Online Act of 2011” and introduced by Sen. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia – would give consumers a simple, easy means to control Continue Reading

  • Live Report from Senate Hearing on AT&T-T-Mobile Deal

    Chris Morran from the Consumerist — one of our cousin blogs here at Consumers Union — was at today’s Senate hearing on AT&T’s proposed takeover of T-Mobile. Click here to see his report. And click here to see written testimony submitted by Parul Desai of Consumers Union.

  • A Few Minutes With FCC Commissioner Michael Copps

    Federal Communications Commissioner Michael Copps recently sat down with The Consumerist — this blog’s cousin blog here at Consumers Union — to talk about AT&T’s proposed purchase of T-Mobile and other topics. “You take a merger like Comcast, NBC/U or AT&T and T-Mobile and these are paradigm-changing transactions,” Copps told The Consumerist. “They have an Continue Reading

  • Some Perspective: Lots of New Information on AT&T’s Proposed Purchase of T-Mobile

    Consumers Union and Consumer Reports have done a lot of digging on AT&T’s proposed purchase of T-Mobile in the past week, and it’s been hard to find much of anything positive to report for consumers. Consumers Union sent a letter to members of Congress earlier this week highlighting some new research from our colleagues at Continue Reading

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