Information society: overview

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TACD work in the area of Information Society aims to promote the recognition and improvement of consumer rights in the digital world. With consumers increasingly relying on the Internet for work, shopping and social life, it is more important than ever that the appropriate regulatory frameworks are in place to ensure their safety and privacy. …

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Intellectual property: overview

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TACD’s work on intellectual property (IP) focuses on promoting a more balanced IP system in which the needs and rights of consumers are given equal consideration to those of rights holders. TACD promotes an IP system that effectively promotes innovation while maintaining access for users. Read TACD’s Policy Recommendations on Intellectual Property Read TACD’s Briefing …

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Response to the EU Commission’s Investor-State Dispute Settlement “reform” proposal

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TACD has adopted a new resolution, responding to the EU’s proposal for an “Investment Court System”, designed to replace the largely discredited Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) system within the text of the TTIP. While the proposed changes address some of our (and others) specific criticisms of the current system’s mode of operation, it does …

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Fundamental rights are fundamental

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At International Privacy Conference, Consumer, Digital Rights and Data Protection Groups Call for Strong Laws to Protect Public. TACD alongside leading privacy and consumer organizations meeting in Amsterdam this week called on data protection officials around the world to support a meaningful legal framework that would protect the fundamental rights of both citizens and consumers …

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EU and US organisations welcome the European Court of Justice Safe Harbor Ruling

Last week’s momentous ruling of the European Court of Justice (ECJ), which declared safe harbor invalid under EU’s data protection and fundamental rights laws, saw an outpour of support from our members. US organisations in particular applauded the ECJ decision and called on their government to urgently enact comprehensive data protection legislation to ensure the fundamental …

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TACD Statement in Response to European Court of Justice Safe Harbour Ruling

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EU and US consumer organisations, represented by TACD, welcome today’s decision by the Court which finds that the special status of the United States companies permitted to transfer personal information of their European users through the so-called ‘Safe Harbour’ system is illegal under the Union’s data protection and fundamental rights laws, and therefore will be …

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Trade agreements and data flows: TACD at public hearing of European Parliament

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On 16 June 2015, Finn Myrstad (Head of the Digital Services Section at the Norwegian Consumer Council and EU Co‐Chair of TACD’s Information Society Policy Committee) and Anna Fielder (Chair of Privacy International and TACD’s Senior Policy Advisor) spoke at a public hearing that was jointly organised by the INTA and LIBE Committees of the European …

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New resolution on the open and neutral Internet

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TACD’s Information Society Policy Committee has adopted a new resolution on the open and neutral Internet. This resolution builds on the TACD net neutrality resolutions of April 2010 and June 2014. However, since then significant developments in both the EU and the US markets are increasingly threatening the neutrality and openness of the Internet, changing economic …

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TACD calls on President Obama for more transparent US-EU free trade negotiations

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Today, TACD wrote to President Obama urging for more transparency in the negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Our previous two letters addressed to his Trade Representative, Michael Froman, have fallen on deaf ears. We ask the President to instruct his Administration to share with the US and EU public the combined text versions …

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9th TTIP negotiation round: The consumer view

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The ninth round of negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement took place this week in New York City. During the stakeholder forum on 23 April 2015, Jean Halloran delivered a presentation to US and EU negotiators, outlining the views held by Consumers Union and TACD on various aspects of the TTIP agreement. ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— …

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TACD events: A Transatlantic Consumer Perspective on TTIP

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Members of the TACD Steering Committee and the Policy Chairs met in Brussels from 30-31 March 2015. In addition to holding their half-yearly internal meeting, participants took advantage of the gathering to promote the consumer view on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) further, via two different outreach events: Workshop: “TTIP myths debunked – …

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