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  • CVS thinks $50 is enough reward for giving up healthcare privacy

    CVS thinks $50 is enough reward for giving up healthcare privacy
    Since February, CVS Caremark has been pushing its pharmacists to enroll customers in a prescription-drug rewards program. The benefit to customers is the opportunity to earn up to $50 a year in store credits that can be used to buy shampoo, toothpaste...
  • Drew Altman, Obamacare's ref

     Drew Altman, Obamacare's ref
    He might have become a doctor like his father, but a grad school (Harvard) summer job researching health policy changed all that. Now as the head of the Kaiser Family Foundation, Drew Altman deals not with lab numbers for a few patients but with...
  • Taking a pass on Black Friday

    Taking a pass on Black Friday
    It's Black Friday, and that means hordes of bargain-craving shoppers will lay siege to retailers large and small. Or not. While there have been plenty of recent stories in the media attesting to the idea that Black Friday is one of the busiest...
  • Since deregulation, landline costs skyrocket

    Since deregulation, landline costs skyrocket
    When California's telephone market was deregulated in 2006, consumers were told that increased competition would improve service and reduce prices. It hasn't worked out like that. Carlsbad resident Steve Linke has received so-called measured service...
  • It's time to regulate consumer privacy

    It's time to regulate consumer privacy
    Some of the biggest names in the tech world joined forces Monday to tell Uncle Sam that enough's enough: Quit spying on their customers. AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter and Yahoo said in an open letter to President Obama...
  • Customer service at Six Flags Magic Mountain is off the rails

    Customer service at Six Flags Magic Mountain is off the rails
    Katherine Gould recently enjoyed a thrilling ride on Magic Mountain's fast-zooming, forward-and-backward-rotating, face-down-plunging X2 roller coaster. Then she underwent a frustrating experience trying to recover from Magic Mountain's lost-and-found...
  • CBS and Time Warner win; viewers lose in cable dispute

    CBS and Time Warner win; viewers lose in cable dispute
    So here's the final score: Time Warner Cable got some but not all of what it wanted. CBS got pretty much everything that it wanted. And after a month of being denied access to CBS, Showtime and other popular channels, Time Warner subscribers got the...
  • Is CVS rewards program complying with California law?

    Is CVS rewards program complying with California law?
    CVS Caremark insists that it's just complying with federal law by informing customers that their medical information could be "redisclosed" if they sign up for the company's prescription-drug reward program. Privacy experts, though, question whether CVS...
  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is keeping banks in check

    Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is keeping banks in check
    Michael Barr served as the U.S. Treasury Department's assistant secretary for financial institutions in 2009 and 2010. He oversaw the Obama administration's dealings with Congress in creating the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. And he's still...
  • Sapphire credit card holders to be on their own for fraud protection

    Sapphire credit card holders to be on their own for fraud protection
    Holders of Chase bank's popular Sapphire credit card may be wondering why they'll soon be on their own when it comes to keeping fraudsters at bay. "Please note that ID Theft Coverage will be canceled," Chase has notified Sapphire cardholders. "All...
  • If firms like Target won't protect privacy, make 'em pay

    If firms like Target won't protect privacy, make 'em pay
    Businesses have the tools and know-how to keep our personal information safe. They just don't do it. "It's expensive," said Nick Mancini, a partner at Tech Consultants, a Woodland Hills information technology firm. And that, in a nutshell, is why...