WASHINGTON — Consumer advocates are calling on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to provide greater protections for prepaid debit card accounts.

A letter released Friday signed by seven consumer advocacy groups asked the bureau to clarify that the definition of "account" under Regulation E includes the pooled accounts into which funds accessed by prepaid cards are placed. The groups, including Consumers Union, Center for Public Policy Priorities, Center for Responsible Lending, Coalition of Religious Communities, National Consumer Law Center, SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center and U.S. PIRG, said the clarification is essential to ensure prepaid card users have full consumer protections under the Electronic Fund Transfer Act.

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