Consumer protection and advocacy

FILE - This Aug. 11, 2017, file photo shows a sign at a Wells Fargo bank location in Philadelphia. The New York Times and other news outlets are reporting Thursday, April 19, 2018, that federal regulators plan to fine Wells Fargo as much as $1 billion as early as Friday for abuses tied to its auto lending and mortgage businesses. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
April 20, 2018 - 11:52 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Wells Fargo will pay $1 billion to federal regulators to settle charges tied to its mortgage and auto lending business, the latest chapter in years-long, wide-ranging scandal at the banking giant. However, it appears that none of the $1 billion will go directly to the victims of...
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FILE - This Aug. 11, 2017, file photo shows a sign at a Wells Fargo bank location in Philadelphia. The New York Times and other news outlets are reporting Thursday, April 19, 2018, that federal regulators plan to fine Wells Fargo as much as $1 billion as early as Friday for abuses tied to its auto lending and mortgage businesses. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
April 19, 2018 - 8:30 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Federal regulators plan to fine Wells Fargo as much as $1 billion as early as Friday for abuses tied to its auto-lending and mortgage businesses, The New York Times and other news outlets reported, citing unnamed sources. The potential $1 billion fine would be largest ever imposed...
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Activists bring a sack with about 2,000 paper airplanes symbolising the logo of the messaging app Telegram to the door of St. Petersburg's department of Roskomnadzor, the state communications oversight agency, to protest against blocking the messenger app in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, April 13, 2018. A Russian court has ordered the blocking of a popular messaging app following a demand by authorities that it share encryption data with them. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
April 16, 2018 - 9:51 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's communications watchdog said Monday it has begun enforcing a nationwide ban for the popular messaging app Telegram. Telecommunications providers have been instructed to block Telegram in Russia after a court last week sided with authorities who demanded that the app be kept...
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg smiles as he departs after testifying before a House Energy and Commerce hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 11, 2018, about the use of Facebook data to target American voters in the 2016 election and data privacy. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
April 11, 2018 - 7:44 pm
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told lawmakers that regulation of his company is "inevitable," but still came to Capitol Hill prepared to defend against proposals he thought went too far. He rarely had to. After about 10 hours of hearings on Tuesday and Wednesday, markets rallied and privacy advocates...
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April 11, 2018 - 4:00 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau spent more than $6,000 frosting the windows on the offices of senior staff in recent months, according to receipts and documents obtained by The Associated Press. The spending on window frosting comes only months after the CFPB moved into...
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FILE- In this Feb. 13, 2018, file photo, Budget Director Mick Mulvaney testifies before the Senate Budget Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Mulvaney, acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Agency, plans to testify before the House Financial Services Committee on Wednesday, April 11. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
April 11, 2018 - 12:55 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Mick Mulvaney faced criticism Wednesday from House Democrats of his actions as acting head of the nation's consumer financial watchdog, while Republicans praised him as a responsible steward of a bureau they've long considered too independent and powerful. Mulvaney is making his...
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FILE - This March 20, 2018, file photo shows the YouTube app on an iPad in Baltimore. In a formal complaint being filed Monday, April 9, child advocates and consumer groups are asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate and impose potentially billions of dollars of penalties on Google for allegedly violating children’s online privacy and allowing ads to target them. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
April 09, 2018 - 12:33 pm
The fine print of YouTube's terms of service has a warning that goes unheeded by millions of children who visit YouTube to watch cartoons, nursery rhymes, science experiments or videos of toys being unboxed. "If you are under 13 years of age, then please do not use the service," the terms say. "...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, file photo, budget director Mick Mulvaney testifies before the Senate Budget Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, on President Donald Trump's fiscal year 2019 budget proposal. Documents obtained by The Associated Press show that Mulvaney, Trump's appointee to oversee the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, has given big pay raises to the deputies he hired to help him run the bureau. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
April 05, 2018 - 7:45 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Mick Mulvaney, President Donald Trump's appointee to oversee the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, has given big pay raises to the deputies he has hired to help him run the bureau, according to salary records obtained by The Associated Press. Mulvaney has hired at least eight...
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In this April 18, 2017 file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at his company's annual F8 developer conference in San Jose, Calif. The leaders of a key House oversight committee say Zuckerberg will testify before their panel on April 11. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, file)
April 04, 2018 - 9:04 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify before a House oversight panel on April 11 amid a privacy scandal that has roiled the social media giant, the panel announced Wednesday. Reps. Greg Walden, R-Ore., and Frank Pallone, D-N.J., said the House Energy and Commerce Committee...
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March 29, 2018 - 4:36 am
TOKYO (AP) — Five cryptocurrency exchanges have withdrawn their applications to be licensed in Japan, saying they can't meet the government's requirements. The Financial Services Agency said Thursday that two exchanges, Tokyo GateWay and Mr. Exchange, recently told the government they no longer...
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