Consumer Protection

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. 

News Release | OSPIRG | Consumer Protection

Five Tips for Students on Finding the Right Bank

As college students return to campus this month, many of them will be opening a bank account for the first time. To help students find the right bank and avoid overdraft charges, ATM fees and other tricks and traps, OSPIRG released a new resource, "Finding the Best Bank for Your Buck on Campus."

News Release | OSPIRG Foundation | Consumer Protection

Report: Wells Fargo Tops Consumer Complaint List

Thousands of Americans are using the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s public Consumer Complaints Database to settle disputes with their banks, according to a new report from the OSPIRG Foundation. The report highlights banks that generated the most complaints through their various banking services in each state.

Report | OSPIRG Foundation | Consumer Protection

Big Banks, Big Complaints

This report reviews consumer complaints made to the CFPB nationally and on a state-by-state basis. We explore consumer complaints about bank accounts and services with the aim of uncovering patterns in the problems consumers are experiencing with their banks.

Finding the Best Bank for Your Buck on Campus

Finding the right bank can prevent major headaches down the road. That's why we put together tips on easy things students can do to get the most out of campus banking options.

OSPIRG’s Renters' Handbook has provided hard-to-find information about how to keep your security deposit, get that toilet fixed, deal with a difficult landlord and more. Here are the top ten most frequently asked renter’s questions from the past 40 years.

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