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Consumer Action INSIDER - September 2020 The September 2020 issue of Consumer Action INSIDER highlights our upcoming Health and Wealth virtual convening and annual awards ceremony (registration open now), and includes articles on “best practices” in issues-based online activism, Consumer Action's webinar on estate planning during the pandemic (part of our COVID-19 Educational Project, sponsored by Wells Fargo, with additional support from AT&T, Bank of America, Capital One, Chase, and Square), the importance of registering your car with your state motor vehicle agency (rather than a third party), our recent coalition efforts, the latest CFPB happenings, and new settlements posted in our Class Action Database. (Monday, August 31, 2020)

Consumer Action INSIDER - August 2020 The August 2020 issue of Consumer Action INSIDER features articles on an annual Federal Trade Commission (FTC) PrivacyCon event, which brought together academics, policymakers and advocates to consider the lack privacy rules around consumer health data (particularly relating to health and wellness apps); the many problems that come with purchasing and maintaining a timeshare--especially now during the coronavirus pandemic; Consumer Action's recent (and well-attended) webinar on COVID-19 scams and healthcare fraud; coverage of our coalition efforts; the latest CFPB happenings; and new settlements posted in our Class Action Database. (Monday, August 03, 2020)

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Recent Publications

Telemedicine: What to know about virtual doctor visits

Library: English | Telemedicine: What to know about virtual doctor visits Coping with COVID-19  

The pandemic has driven non-urgent doctor visits online to help suppress the spread of COVID-19. As more people receive medical care remotely, via a smartphone, tablet or computer, it’s important to understand when and how virtual visits might be an option, whether they’re covered under private and government-sponsored health plans, and what privacy issues they raise.

Category: COVID-19 Pandemic Insurance Internet Medical/Healthcare Privacy Rights Technology on Sep 21, 2020

Estate planning: Critical decisions for uncertain times (Spanish)

Library: Spanish | Estate planning: Critical decisions for uncertain times (Spanish) Cómo hacerle frente al COVID-19  

The COVID-19 pandemic has driven home the wisdom of making critical end-of-life decisions before a crisis strikes. This publication outlines the key estate planning decisions everyone should make now, explains which documents and tools help ensure that your wishes are carried out, and provides resources for learning more, getting help and taking next steps.

Filed Under: COVID-19 Pandemic on Sep 08, 2020

Making a job or career transition

Library: English | Making a job or career transition Coping with COVID-19  

The coronavirus pandemic has put millions of Americans out of work, with many others reevaluating their job and career choices in light of how different industries are faring. This guide will help workers identify job opportunities, weigh their education and training options, make wise choices, and know where to get more information.

Category: COVID-19 Pandemic on Sep 03, 2020

Estate planning: Critical decisions for uncertain times

Library: English | Estate planning: Critical decisions for uncertain times Coping with COVID-19  

The COVID-19 pandemic has driven home the wisdom of making critical end-of-life decisions before a crisis strikes. This publication outlines the key estate planning decisions everyone should make now, explains which documents and tools help ensure that your wishes are carried out, and provides resources for learning more, getting help and taking next steps.

Category: COVID-19 Pandemic on Aug 03, 2020

Take control: Customizing your social media privacy settings

Library: English | Take control: Customizing your social media privacy settings  

This publication explains how to achieve your desired level of privacy on the most popular social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Snapchat, Tumblr, Twitter and YouTube) and provides useful general privacy tips, tools and resources.

Category: Internet on Jul 01, 2020

Personalized privacy: Customizing your Facebook settings

Library: English | Personalized privacy: Customizing your Facebook settings  

On the world’s largest social network, a prudent approach to privacy is critical. This publication provides detailed instructions for using the various Facebook privacy management tools—both basic and advanced.

Category: Internet on Jul 01, 2020

Fair housing rights for those affected by the pandemic (Spanish)

Library: Spanish | Fair housing rights for those affected by the pandemic (Spanish) Cómo hacerle frente al COVID-19  

The federal Fair Housing Act protects rental housing applicants, tenants, homeowners and prospective homebuyers from various forms of discrimination. This publication explains how these same rights may protect you from discrimination related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the steps to take if you do experience discrimination.

Filed Under: Consumer Rights COVID-19 Pandemic Discrimination Housing Discrimination Tenant Rights on Jun 29, 2020

Financial assistance for undocumented workers (Spanish)

Library: Spanish | Financial assistance for undocumented workers (Spanish) Cómo hacerle frente al COVID-19  

Millions of undocumented workers are ineligible for the federal economic aid available to U.S. citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic. This publication provides tips and resources for finding state, local and private financial assistance programs that are designed specifically for undocumented immigrants or don’t ask for immigration status when determining eligibility.

Filed Under: COVID-19 Pandemic Discrimination Money Management on Jun 18, 2020

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