For the first time in two years, State Attorneys General and their key consumer protection staff have gathered in Washington D.C. to attend the National Association of Attorneys General Fall Consumer Protection conference.  For State AG staff in particular, this meeting, and its Spring counterpart, may be the most important and well attended event of the year with over 400 attendees total.  Priorities for the Attorneys General are often shaped at these meetings, and they present a unique opportunity for industry to get insight.

The public session included a panel of seven Attorneys General, each of whom spoke in some detail about their goals and frustrations for the upcoming year.  Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, the incoming president of the National Association of Attorneys General, laid out topics that he is considering for a consumer protection initiative for the upcoming year: Tech Threats and Tools.  General Miller wants to see the Attorney General community and industry find better early warning systems for basic frauds – like the grandparent scam and IRS and social security fraud.  In addition, he hopes to tackle what he described as the intractable frauds, like telemarketing, where he wants to see new solutions for blocking calls and fraud-induced payments.  Finally, he flagged the intersection of big tech and consumer protection, and highlighted the misuse of algorithms as an area the Attorney General community has been, and will continue to be,…

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