Consumer Protection Updates

Our 2018 Legislative Priorities

By | Emily Scarr
State Director

We are halfway through Maryland's 90-day legislative session. There's a lot of work to be done. Here are our top priorities.

Giving Marylanders control of their financial information

By | Emily Scarr
State Director

Maryland PIRG is pleased to support HB710/SB202 to give Marylanders control of their financial information through access to free credit  "freezes," “thaws”  annd “temporary lifts.” 

The Financial Consumer Protection Act of 2018

By | Emily Scarr
State Director

Maryland PIRG is proud to support SB1068/HB1634 to enact recommendations by the Maryland Financial Consumer Protection Commission.

Maryland PIRG 2017 State Legislative Scorecard

Do your legislators support the public interest? Our 2017 State Legislative Scorecard reviews their votes on key public interest issues.

News Release | Maryland PIRG Foundation | Consumer Protection

Today’s Equifax News Beyond Troubling

The Equifax breach was already so bad for so many reasons. Reports today that Equifax failed to install Apache Struts security updates it was told about two months before its breach are beyond troubling.

News Release | Maryland PIRG Foundation | Consumer Protection


Consumers should know the risks and limits of what Equifax is offering and consider getting credit freezes with all three national credit bureaus instead.

News Release | Maryland PIRG Foundation | Consumer Protection

Equifax Breach Puts Millions at Risk of New ID Theft

The Equifax breach affecting over 140 million Americans appears to be the largest of its kind and is beyond troubling. The types of stolen information, including social security numbers and dates of birth, can be used to commit new account identity theft against all of these people. Additionally, stolen credit cards affecting over 200,000 people in this breach can also be used to commit existing account identity theft. 

Last month, the states of Ohio, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, Rhode Island, Utah, and Vermont asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Second Circuit judgment that allows American Express to prohibit merchants from encouraging customers to use lower-priced payment options. 

News Release | Maryland PIRG | Consumer Protection, Financial Reform

Maryland PIRG Statement On Passage of the Wrong Choice Act By U.S. House

What could possibly go wrong if Wall Street banks and predatory payday lenders are allowed to run amok again?

Report | Maryland PIRG Foundation | Budget, Tax


“Special districts” are a type of government agency that exist outside of traditional forms of general purpose local or state governments, and serve key governmental functions such as public transit or housing. However, special districts are poorly understood by the public and often do business without adhering to modern standards of government budget or spending transparency. The lack of transparency and accountability of many special districts has caused concern among some state agencies and government watchdogs, as it can contribute to an atmosphere conducive to lowered efficiency and potential misconduct. 


Defend the CFPB

Tell your senators to oppose the “Financial CHOICE Act,” which would gut Wall Street reforms and destroy the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as we know it.

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