Debt collectors: making a mockery of the justice system since whenever. [via Consumer Law & Policy Blog]
Twitter account @NeedADebitCard collects pictures of debit and credit cards that people post to Twitter. Seriously? I’m guessing these people aren’t on top of their Facebook privacy settings, either, which makes them sitting ducks for identity thieves.
People, don’t be stupid. If you have to take pictures of your debit and credit cards, put them in the same place you keep your sex tapes.
NPR’s Planet Money put together a series of minimalist economic posters. Here’s one, but you should check out the rest.
Debt collection agency knew WAY more than it should have about hospital patients’ medical conditions: bit.ly/w4JF6X
— Kashmir Hill (@kashhill) January 20, 2012
Congress wants to create a totalitarian internet with SOPA and PROTECT IP, two bills wending their way through the House and Senate. These bills are even dumber than Senator Klobuchar’s attempt to turn kids into criminals for uploading videos of themselves singing along with their favorite artists.
But hey, it’s Congress. And senators and representatives are proud Luddites who laugh in the face of “experts” who say these bills will break the internet! Hey, you probably wouldn’t understand the internet, either, if you had to read email like this.
If these bills go through, the internet will look more like cable TV: hundreds of channels, and nothing you want to watch.
Today @citibank launched homeownersupport.com 2 help connect struggling homeowners w/ those who have been through it. Love being part of it
— Frank Eliason (@FrankEliason) December 17, 2011
When a bank tries to “reach out” to anyone, it is usually trying to accomplish one of two things: (1) selling more loans, or (2) trying to make itself look good. With its new HomeownerSupport.com, Citibank is apparently trying to do both. It’s kind of like a burglar putting up a Facebook page for his victims to “connect” with one another, talk about what wasn’t stolen, and share their upcoming vacation plans.
Customer service Twitter star Frank Eliason has his work cut out for him on this one.
— Chen Mingi (@chen_mingi) December 17, 2011
Edit: I should point out that in yesterday’s post, I noted that federal district court Judge Jed Rakoff called Citigroup a “frequent offender” of securities laws.