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21 July 2014
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A few months ago we asked our Facebook friends what they most wanted to hear about on this blog. One topic that came up was the Scanning Code of Practice: specifically, what is it and when does it apply?

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Motion Pictures

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14 July 2014
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As you may already know, Consumer Protection BC is responsible for classifying all films and trailers you see in British Columbia theatres (in addition to regulating and licensing video retailers and distributors). Every now and then, we get asked about video game ratings. Although this is not an area that falls under our responsibility, please keep reading to learn who assigns these ratings, who to contact with questions and, as a bonus, how to assign parental controls on various gaming systems.

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Cemetery & Funeral Services

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07 July 2014
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Cemeteries serve as a permanent resting place for our loved ones and can provide a place for people to visit and remember the family members and friends they have lost. When people pre-plan their funeral arrangements that often includes choosing where they would like to be interred (laid to rest). Choices can include a grave site, crypt or niche to store their cremated remains. However, sometimes plans change and this can happen for many reasons. For example, a person may move away and choose another location where they want to be laid to rest. When this happens, people may try to resell their right of interment through online ads.

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Consumer Protection BC

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30 June 2014
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Have you heard about Canada’s new Anti-Spam Legislation? Set to take effect starting July 1, 2014, this new law is designed to help Canadians avoid spam and other electronic threats. Here is some information about what these changes might mean for you.

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Tips

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23 June 2014
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We recently asked our Facebook friends about the topics they most wanted us to write about on our blog. A popular response was regarding the newly-introduced credit card “tap” technology and its security considerations. We’ve done some research for you on this topic, so here you go!

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Consumer Protection BC

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16 June 2014
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We just published our 2013 Annual Report and Financial Statements – check out some of our highlights from last year!

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Tips

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09 June 2014
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According to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, there seems to be an increasing number of online classified ad scams targeting dog lovers. Read on for tips on how to avoid being a victim of this puppy fraud…

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Tips

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02 June 2014
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The Vital Statistics Agency registers all births, marriages, deaths, and changes of name that occur in British Columbia. The certificates (and replacement certificates) are issued by the agency and are legal proof of these vital events. Many consumers register these life events themselves, directly through the Vital Statistics website, but there are also third-party, private businesses that advertise their ability of getting these certificates for consumers.  We’ve had calls from consumers lately asking about these third-party businesses that offer to order birth certificates on the behalf of consumers. Here are some tips to consider around ordering a birth certificate. 

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Consumer Contracts

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26 May 2014
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Summer is near! The sun may not be the only thing that makes a greater appearance this time of year: so does the number of door-to-door salespeople at your stoop. Do you know your rights when it comes to these types of contracts?

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Tips

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20 May 2014
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We recently had a consumer call our Inquiry Centre, asking about those last three digits on the back of her credit card and when it was – and was not – safe to provide that information. While Consumer Protection BC is not responsible for regulating the credit card industry, we want to help you make informed decisions: and this topic is no exception.  

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