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What’s that chip doing on my credit card?

Lately, we’ve received questions from people wanting to know what these chips are and how they work. As a new federal agency, we’re committed to providing you with trustworthy information about consumer financial products—including bank accounts and credit cards. Here are a few things you should know about chip technology.

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Sunshine for college credit card agreements

Today, we’re releasing a report that looks at deals between financial institutions and colleges to market credit cards to students. This year we found that there are fewer schools marketing credit cards, and those that do are not making their agreements with credit card companies readily accessible to students.

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CFPB Report Finds Continued Decline in College Credit Card Agreements

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its annual report on college credit card agreements, which shows a nearly 70 percent decline in the number of agreements since Congress passed new disclosure requirements in 2009. These findings highlight the trend of marketing partnerships between colleges and financial institutions shifting from credit cards toward other products such as debit and prepaid cards, which generally have fewer sunshine protections. The report also found that most colleges with credit card agreements do not make those agreements readily accessible to students and families.

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CFPB Finds Small Debit Purchases Lead to Expensive Overdraft Charges

Majority of Debit Card Overdraft Fees Incurred on Transactions of $24 or Less WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a report that raises concerns about the impact of opting in to overdraft services for debit card and ATM transactions. The study found that the majority of debit card overdraft fees […]

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CFPB Issues Consumer Advisory on Industry’s Data Breach

Advisory Offers Tips to Protect Accounts in Wake of Recent Payment Card Data Breaches WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published a consumer advisory to help consumers protect themselves in the wake of the recent breaches of payment card and other data. The advisory also contains information on where to get […]

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Four steps you can take if you think your credit or debit card data was hacked

The recent data breach and theft of credit and debit card information at Target retail stores could impact tens of millions of consumers, and we want to let you know what you can do to protect yourself if you spot fraudulent charges. Here’s what you can do if you think your credit or debit card data was hacked.