Informed P2P User Act

Rep. Mary Bono Mack will be introducing the Informed P2P User Act tomorrow, or Thursday at the latest. Stop Child Predators has been supportive of this bill, and we’re hoping you may also be interested in showing support. Peer-to-Peer (P2P) programs allow Internet users within the same networking program to connect with each other and […]

Washington Times Cites ACI — DC Bar Assoc. Fights Consumer Web Site

Today, the Washington Times reported on the District of Columbia Bar Association’s attempt to prevent AVVO’s online service from giving consumer’s better information on its members — DC lawyers.  The article quotes Steve Pociask, president of the American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research.  Read the Times article here. 

Price Regulation Means Higher Consumer Prices?

While solvency protection, better consumer information and consumer protections are very important aspects of private automobile insurance regulation, a wide range of price regulations – such as prior approval, “file and use” and “use and file” – have persisted across the states with questionable results and benefits for consumers. The concern this raises is whether […]

Private Insurers Continue to Leave Florida

The latest move by State Farm to leave Florida is yet another sign that insurers are getting pushed out of the state, leaving an unprofitable state-owned insurance company on track to take 50% of the homeowners insurance market, and putting consumers just one or two storms away bailing the government-run operation.  To read about this, see this piece in the Orlando […]

The Need for Better Consumer Information

Consumer Perspectives for the New Year: The Need for Full Disclosure of Relevant Information about Products Discussion of stimulus packages, bailouts and related macroeconomic policy options to create jobs and to get the economy going again has pushed into the background equally important debates over the role of government in individual market segments ranging through […]

Tell Us Your Views on Capital Gains Taxes

Consumers Oppose Capital Gains Tax Increases According a nationwide household survey conducted by the American Consumer Institute, 60.1% of Americans said they oppose increases in the capital gains tax and only 25.7% voiced support such an increase. Opposition to a capital gains tax increase was widespread and across many demographic groups – most notably consumers […]

Information Please

IT Consumers Need Fuller Disclosure: Privacy, Security, Labeling and Online Safety   Consumers can make rational choices only when they are given full and accurate information about their options.  Indeed, insufficient, misleading, or otherwise incomplete information is a prime cause of both market and government failure.  Consumers pay, and pay dearly, when they are not […]

What is the Real Cost of Owning a Printer?

The Lack of Industry Standards Leads Consumers to Overspend $6 Billion for Home Computer Printers and Printer Ink A major study released by the Institute found that consumers were being lured into buying inexpensive printers, only later to pay substantially more for ink. In a recent ConsumerGram, we concluded that giving all consumers more information […]