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Get the information, tools and resources it takes to protect yourself in today’s ever-changing marketplace.

These days we all need to be smart consumers. We need access to the information and resources it takes to avoid the latest scams, stop identity thieves, spot rip offs and keep unsafe food and toxic products out of our shopping carts. PIRG’s consumer watchdog team does the research, conducts media exposes, produces consumer guides, and sends out consumer alerts so we have the tools to make smart, safe, informed choices.

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Should I hit “accept” on cookie pop-ups?
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Should I hit “accept” on cookie pop-ups?

When we use free websites and apps, there's often cookies and other tracking technologies in the background harvesting huge amounts of data about who we are and what we do online. Virtually no laws rein in the companies behind these cookies, nor how they use and sell the info they collect.

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In times of emergency, our researchers have found price surges of up to 166% for critical supplies like face masks and bottled water.

What We're Doing

Our guide provides tips for avoiding price-gouging and a how-to for reporting bad actors.

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Celebrate the President’s Executive Order on Competition

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Celebrate the President’s Executive Order on Competition

One year ago, President Biden signed an executive order promoting competition and opposing practices of powerful special interests that raise prices for consumers, impede innovation, prevent nascent competitors from succeeding and deny consumers marketplace choices. 

As the summer of airline delays and cancellations peaks, DOT considers better info to help passengers
Slide from deck showing 1929 airline flight information

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As the summer of airline delays and cancellations peaks, DOT considers better info to help passengers

As passengers swelter through a summer of airline delays and cancellations, the U.S. Department of Transportation asked U.S. PIRG to present on whether requiring airlines to provide more information earlier in the search process would increase consumer choice and further the recommendations of the President's Executive Order on Competition.   Screenshot from slide deck features 1929 "Offical Airline Guide." Public domain courtesy Smithsonian Institution via archive.org.

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Ed
Mierzwinski

Ed
Mierzwinski

Senior Director, Federal Consumer Program, PIRG

Mike
Litt

Mike
Litt

Director, Consumer Campaign, PIRG