Consumer Protection

2019 Legislative Priorities

By | Emily Scarr
State Director

Maryland PIRG’s mission is to deliver persistent, result-oriented public interest activism that protects consumers, encourages a fair, sustainable economy, and fosters democratic government.

Convincing retailers to remove toxic chemicals from products

Maryland PIRG joined groups across the country to call on major retailers to address toxic chemicals in their supply chain. Thanks to our work, both Macy’s and Ashley Furniture announced they would stop using toxic flame retardants in their furniture. We also convinced Lowe’s and Home Depot to phase out phthalates from their flooring. 

How to protect yourself from the security bug Heartbleed

By | Emily Scarr
State Director

DO NOT rush to change your passwords on all of your favorite websites. You shouldn’t change your password on a site until the site has fixed the Heartbleed bug, or else you risk having your new password compromised. Watch for a notice on the site, but don’t click any links in emails claiming to be from the website.

Toy Safety Tips

By | Emily Scarr
State Director

For 28 years, Maryland PIRG Foundation has worked to identify unsafe toys. Below are our top tips to help you choose the safest toys for the children in your life.

Report | Maryland PIRG Foundation and U.S. PIRG Education Fund | COVID-19, Consumer Protection, Solid Waste

HOSPITAL REPAIR RESTRICTIONS

COVID-19 is putting incredible stress on the U.S. medical system, including the work of hospital biomedical repair technicians, known as biomeds or BMETs. These technicians are essential; hospitals need working equipment to diagnose and treat patients. But in some cases, manufacturers restrict access to what biomeds need.

Group letter opposing Nancy Beck to head CPSC

Letter from over 100 groups, including state PIRGs, opposing the president's nomination of longtime chemical industry official Nancy Beck to chair the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), which protects children, and everyone else, from dangerous products.

If you’re like me, you’re spending a lot more time cleaning while sheltering in place. My increased time at home cooking, working, and playing with my children makes a lot of mess! I am also cleaning more as a way to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19. I enjoy my cleaning routine; in a day full of zoom calls and wrangling small children, it’s nice to take a break to listen to the radio or music while I wipe down the counters or sweep the floor. 

News Release | U.S. PIRG Education Fund | COVID-19, Consumer Protection

Statement: SBA data breach puts business owners at risk of ID theft and other fraud

The Small Business Administration (SBA) announced Tuesday that the personal information of nearly 8,000 business owners applying for federal disaster loans had been exposed. The breach affects applicants to the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program (EIDL), and may have included names, Social Security numbers, addresses, birth dates, email addresses, phone numbers, citizenship statuses and insurance information.

News Release | Maryland PIRG | Consumer Protection, Solid Waste

MD TREASURER NANCY KOPP CALLS ON VENTILATOR MANUFACTURERS TO REMOVE REPAIR RESTRICTIONS

Maryland State Treasurer Nancy Kopp has added her name to a letter organized by Pennsylvania‘s Joe Torsella calling on ventilator manufacturers to release proprietary repair manuals, service keys, schematics and repair software.  

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