What is the Consumer Credit Protection Act? | Smart change: personal finance

The 1960s are known to be an important period in American history. It was a period that ushered in many revolutionary legislative changes, such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Medicare Act of 1965, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. In the midst of these Revolutionary federal laws, you’d be wrong to forget about the Consumer Credit Protection Act (CCPA).

Before the CCPA, consumers in the United States did not enjoy many rights when it comes to loans, debt collection, and credit reports. Back then, lenders could (and often did) benefit consumers. They didn’t have to disclose loan terms or costs up front, could charge outrageous interest rates, and were able to foreclose a significant percentage of your paycheck if you didn’t pay off your debt as promised.

When the Consumer Credit Protection Act (CCPA) was passed in 1968, it aimed to protect consumers from these and other abusive practices. The law has placed restrictions on banks, credit card issuers, debt collectors and more. The law introduced many guarantees that American consumers still enjoy today, more than 40 years after it was passed into federal law.

Over the years, Congress has passed more laws and brought them under the umbrella of the CCPA to help protect the financial lives of American consumers. The Fair Credit Reporting Act, Equal Credit Opportunity Act and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, along with a number of others, are included in this list.

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