GDPR: Europe’s Warning to America

In 2016, the European Union ratified the General Data Protection Regulation, more commonly known as GDPR, to update the block’s data protection rules that dated to 1995. As the New York Times noted one day before the rules took effect, GDPR created “the world’s toughest rules to protect people’s online data.” Given the growing concern about data privacy, advocates […]

Misconceptions About Inflation

As Americans continue to grapple with high inflation, it is worth examining how we got here and addressing some of the common misconceptions and misleading headlines about what is actually driving inflation.  When the first signs of inflation began to appear in early April 2021, America was still coming out of what had been an […]

Congress Must Act Quickly to Ensure the FCC’s Spectrum Authority is Reauthorized

The Federal Communication Commission (FCC), which is tasked with hosting annual auctions for commercial wireless providers, may soon lose the ability to license radio frequency bands if its spectrum authority expires on September 30th. The FCC’s current authority only lasts for 10 years and must be renewed by Congress. Should Congress fail to act in […]

Real Clear Energy: Joe Biden’s Move to Grant Leases for Oil/Gas Drilling Is So Underwhelming

It is not too late for the Biden Administration to encourage the Department of the Interior to put in place policies that encourage future oil exploration on federal lands. Similarly, the Administration can look into streamlining the currently burdensome permitting process that discourages investment and delays increasing supply. Actions such as these will go a […]

The Economic Standard: Proposed Mergers Act Codifies Big Is Bad

Despite being an integral part of modern life, over a third of Americans support breaking up tech companies such as Amazon, Google, and Microsoft. Moreover, public disapproval of the firms, known as techlash, is propelling legislative efforts that could limit many of the consumer benefits that these companies offer. One legislative reaction to techlash is […]

New Report Raises Concerns Over Congressional Action to Alter Antitrust Laws and Limit Self-Preferencing

Today, the American Consumer Institute (ACI) released a policy brief highlighting the potential impact the American Innovation and Choice Online Act (AICOA) would have on big tech. This brief comes in response to the growing prominence of techlash in America and Congress’ consideration of bills that seek to ban and/or limit self-preferencing for select categories […]

Statement on the Need to Reauthorize the FCC’s Spectrum Authority

The American Consumer Institute is concerned to learn that the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) will soon lose its spectrum authorization authority if Congressional action is not taken before September 30th. We strongly urge Congress to reauthorize the FCC’s short-term auction authority so that future spectrum auctions for commercial stakeholders may continue to be held. Since […]

Statement Regarding Florida’s Special Legislative Session on Property Insurance

The American Consumer Institute urges Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and the state legislature to strongly consider tort reform during their upcoming special legislative session. Over the years, Florida has suffered from a range of issues related to insurance fraud, frivolous lawsuits, and the assignment of business suits, each contributing to a poor business environment for […]

Workers Must See Through the Union Charade

It seems unionization is contagious, particularly in a city like New York, whose history is deeply intertwined with the American labor movement. Shortly after Amazon workers on Staten Island voted earlier this year to unionize by just 523 votes, workers at another facility on Staten Island rejected the opportunity to form a  second union. While the recently founded Amazon Labor […]