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Consumer Action is working on these important issues along with other organizations. If you would like to know more about these issues, please see “More Information” at the end of each article.



Financial Education in the African American Community
Consumer Action attended the first Financial Literacy Roundtable focused on financial education in the black community. The roundtable was hosted by the Department of Treasury in March 2008.

Groups support Menendez credit card bill
U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) was joined by consumer group representatives as he announced a sweeping plan to put an end to deceptive practices and irresponsible marketing by some credit card companies.

Patient control of health data
Consumer Action joined the Coalition for Patient Privacy to support HR 5442, authored by Congressman Ed Markey, which would give Americans stronger rights to to protect their most sensitive information on earth, their health records.

Seeking strong energy policies
Consumer Action is working in support of three measures that have already been passed by either the House or Senate earlier this year, including an increase in auto fuel economy standards, an increase in domestic production of bio-fuels, and an increase in renewable electricity by utilities.

FakeChecks.org: A new consumer anti-fraud resource
FakeChecks.org, a new web site and public awareness campaign, targets the most common variations on the growing problem of counterfeit and fake check fraud. It features frequently asked questions (FAQs), tests you can take to gauge your vulnerability, and humorous videos to with key messages.

Consumer Coalition for Health Privacy
The mission of the Consumer Coalition for Health Privacy* — organized by the Health Privacy Project — is to educate and empower healthcare consumers to have a prominent and informed voice on health privacy issues at the federal, state, and local levels.

The Privacy Coalition
The Fourth Amendment states that "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated." In addition, the U.S. has adopted many laws protecting Americans from privacy invasive practices by both the public and private sectors. Privacy is one of America's most fundamental values.

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