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Today is World Consumer Rights day, a day to promote the education of consumers about their rights, and raise awareness of any market practices or social injustices undermining them.

WCRD started in 1983 and was inspired by a speech to congress made by U.S. President John F. Kennedy that addressed consumer rights issues. In it, he stated that we are all consumers and that when the government doesn’t protect our basic rights to safety, to be informed, to choose, and to be heard, the national interest suffers. Much of the speech is still relevant today, including the statement that, “The march of technology — affecting, for example, the foods we eat, the medicines we take, and the many appliances we use in our homes — has increased the difficulties of the consumer along with his opportunities.”

Get to know your rights as a consumer and the agencies tasked with protecting those rights today.

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