Consumer Protection

News Release | Consumer Protection

With Privacy Breaches at Large Retailers, OSPIRG Offers Consumers Tips to Protect Against Identity Theft

In light of the recent breaches in consumers' private information at Target, Neiman Marcus and elsewhere, we've put together a resource to help you protect yourself from identity theft.

Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft

Our guide can help you to avoid, detect and recover from identity theft. 

News Release | Consumer Protection

Tips for Getting the Right Cell Phone Plan

Deciding whether or not to sign up for another two year cell phone contract can be a tough decision for many consumers. Our resource can help many consumers sort through their choices and find a cell phone plan that fits their needs and budget. 

News Release | OSPIRG Foundation | Consumer Protection

Report: In Oregon, Equifax Gets Big Complaints

A new report by OSPIRG Foundation found that the most complained-about credit reporting agency in Oregon is Equifax, and that Oregon ranks 18th nationally in credit report complaints per 100,000 residents.

Report | OSPIRG Foundation | Consumer Protection

Big Credit Bureaus, Big Mistakes

This report is the third of several that review complaints to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. In this report, we explore the consumer complaints about credit bureaus with the aim of uncovering patterns in the problems consumers are experiencing with credit reporting.

Guide to online privacy

Navigate the internet without sacrificing your privacy.  

Report | OSPIRG Foundation | Public Health, Consumer Protection, Food

Food Safety Scares 2013

An alarming number of Oregonians continue to fall ill from preventable foodborne illness in 2013, almost 3 years after the passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act. 

Thousand Dollar Ointment (No, it’s not from Sephora)

By | David Rosenfeld
Executive Director

Lately, it has seemed like everyone I know has a story about an irrational hospital bill. Here’s one from my friend, Dave.

What affects my credit in Oregon?

Knowing what affects your credit is essential to your financial health because your credit affects everything from your ability to get a mortgage, a car loan or even a job.

CFPB GETS RESULTS FOR CONSUMERS, SLAMS CHASE FOR DECEPTIVE CARD ADD-ONS

By | Ed Mierzwinski
Consumer Program Director

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is getting results for consumers. Today, the CFPB announced that it had imposed a $20 million civil penalty on JP Morgan Chase and ordered it to refund $309 million to over 2 million consumers for deceptively marketing junky credit card add-on products, some of which consumers didn't even receive. 

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