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FTC to Crack Down on Companies that Illegally Surveil Children Learning Online

The Federal Trade Commission announced today that it will crack down on education technology companies if they illegally surveil children when they go online to learn. In a new policy statement adopted today, the Commission made it clear that it is against the law for companies to force parents and schools to surrender their children’s privacy rights in order to do schoolwork online or attend class remotely. Under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, companies cannot deny children access to educational technologies when their parents or school refuse to sign up for commercial surveillance. 

Connecticut Banking Dept. issues cease and desist order to stop fintech loan finder from operating without small loan license

The Connecticut Department of Banking (“Department”) has issued a temporary cease and desist order (“Order”) that directs SoLo Funds, Inc., (“SoLo”) a fintech company that uses peer-to-peer technology to assist consumers in obtaining small dollar loans from third-party lenders, to immediately stop engaging in such activity because it is not licensed as a small loan company in Connecticut.

CFPB Metrics Report Shows Increased Scrutiny of Borrower Access to Servicers, Information, and Loss Mitigation Opportunities

On May 16, 2022, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) issued a report regarding COVID-19 response metrics based upon its “observations from data obtained by 16 large mortgage servicers” from May through December 2021 (Report). This report is a follow-up to an August 2021 report regarding the Bureau’s observations from data obtained from December 2020 through April 2021 (Reporting Period).

Subprime consumer borrower delinquency is rising toward prepandemic levels

Consumers with low credit scores are falling behind on paying off credit cards, personal and car loans, which may indicate that consumer delinquency patterns are nearing prepandemic levels.

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