Inquiring Consumer Archive: February, 2012

How to delete your Google, YouTube histories - before midnight

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Like it or not - and three dozen state attorneys general, among others, have serious doubts - Google's new, unified privacy policy goes into... Read more

Subaru overtakes Honda in Consumer Reports ratings

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Honda and Toyota are perennial success stories in Consumer Reports' closely watched automaker brand ratings. And for the last four years, Honda... Read more

AT&T's new plan: Charge app-makers for phone data

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Here's a new twist in the smartphone "data-throttling" issue I wrote about in my column last Thursday: According to the Wall Street Journal... Read more

Privacy: Can anything stop the creepy intrusions?

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More than a year ago, the staff of the Federal Trade Commission proposed a new framework for online privacy - including a controversial "Do... Read more

Arsenic found in infant formula, cereal bars, 'energy shots'

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Last month, tests by Consumer Reports revealed significant levels of inorganic arsenic - a carcinogen - in about 10 percent of test samples... Read more

The dirty little secrets of auto-insurance premiums

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My colleague David Hiltbrand traces the history of Flo and the Geico Gecko in an article today about the flood of TV ads for auto insurance... Read more

Report: Banks pay cash to homeowners to avert foreclosures

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Short sales are crucial to clearing the post-bubble housing market, but banks typically drag their heels. That's because approving a short... Read more

How financial sector rules the roost in D.C.

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Only the wealthiest citizens, by and large, can afford to give $10,000 or more during a single federal political campaign. As I wrote in my... Read more