Consumer Confidential

Consumer Confidential With David Lazarus
Big businesses band together in urging lawmakers to sell out your privacy

Twenty-two industry groups, representing thousands of U.S. businesses, sent a letter to Congress the other day calling on lawmakers to pass sweeping data-security rules. At first glance, that seems like a really good thing for consumers.

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Trump's pick for health secretary makes clear he's totally the wrong guy for the job

Watching Alex Azar, President Trump’s nominee for health secretary, testify before the Senate Finance Committee this week, I realized he’s more impressive than I’d previously thought.

Unlike Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Azar isn’t alarmingly ignorant about the department he’d run. Unlike Scott Pruitt, head of the U.S.

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Super-fast 5G wireless is coming this year, but it probably won't be cheap

You’re probably going to hear a lot this week about 5G — the newfangled wireless technology that’s going to turbocharge everyone’s smartphones.

CES, the Las Vegas extravaganza formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show, kicks off Tuesday.

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Months after Equifax data breach, we're still no closer to privacy protections

This is the year privacy safeguards finally kick in for consumers after outraged lawmakers wasted no time passing legislation in the wake of the Equifax data breach, which exposed the personal information of more than 145 million Americans.

I’m just kidding.

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From weed to wages, the new year ushers in new laws affecting consumers

Hundreds of new California laws took effect Monday with the beginning of the new year. For consumers, some are real standouts.

Let’s take a look, shall we?

Legal weed: The arrival of legal recreational marijuana is possibly the biggest change affecting the Golden State this year. Adults age 21 and older can buy pot from licensed dispensaries between the hours of 6 in the morning and 10 at night.

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2017 marked a year of tearing down consumer protections 'brick by brick'

If you think the government has no business telling business its business, this has been a pretty great year.

If, on the other hand, you think government has a role to play in ensuring fair play by companies that have shown themselves to be guided almost exclusively by self-interest and a disregard for consumers and public welfare, this year has been nothing short of horrendous.

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