New Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Should Regulate Online Advertising of Financial Products

August 16, 2011
Huffington Post 
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One of the first priorities for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which opened its doors this summer, is writing rules for regulating the activities of "non-banks" that still potentially affect the financial well-being of consumers. The CFPB's goals include creating a single regulator to define and guarantee basic consumer protections across a wide range of financial institutions -- and even many institutions that are not usually considered financial institutions but that play a key role in the U.S. financial system nonetheless. Under the Dodd-Frank Act, the CFPB can regulate larger non-bank "participants" in the financial system; and the agency has been seeking comments on what financial markets to cover, how to define a "large" participant, and what kinds of data it should be collecting to protect consumers. Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, and other online intermediaries are playing an increasingly integral role in the financial world; and the CFPB must first collect more data to measure what their impact is on consumers and, secondly, write rules to protect those consumers.
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