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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New Resolution on Access to Medicines

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The Intellectual Property Committee of the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) has adopted a new resolution on access to medicines. In the European Union and in the United States the cost of medicines is creating a growing financial burden for patients and health systems. TACD calls for new and fair incentives for biomedical innovation that promote …

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TACD responds to European Ombudsman’s consultation on transparency in the TTIP

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The Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) has submitted a response to the European Ombudsman’s public consultation regarding transparency in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations. Since the EU-U.S. trade talks started in 2013, some positive steps have been taken by the European Commission to improve information transparency and stakeholder input into the negotiations, including the publication …

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Letter to new EU Trade Commissioner to initiate dialogue

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In a letter to Cecilia Malmström, the Co-Chairs of the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) requested a meeting to initiate a discussion between consumer representatives and the Commissioner that will soon represent the EU in negotiations with the U.S. on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Monique Goyens (Director General at BEUC – the European …

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TACD member makes consumer voice on nanomaterials heard during 7th round of TTIP negotiations

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Numerous TACD member organisations presented at the Stakeholder Forum on the margins of the seventh round of negotiations of the planned Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which took place near Washington from September 29 – October 3, 2014. The forum was hosted by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and gave stakeholders …

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TACD welcomes President Juncker’s push for a comprehensive data protection agreement

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The Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) has written to the President-elect of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, sending well wishes for his upcoming term and expressing support for proposals regarding a comprehensive data protection agreement that recognises the need to safeguard personal information in the global economy. TACD is particularly pleased about the President-elect’s ambitions for …

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EU-Canada trade agreement leaked text makes mockery of TTIP ISDS public consultation

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The text of the recently completed EU-Canada bilateral free trade agreement (known as CETA) has been leaked by a German media organisation. The text contains a chapter on Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) which makes a mockery of the recent EU public consultation on ISDS in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the proposed …

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TACD calls on regulators to stop Facebook collecting web browsing data

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TACD has written to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the Irish Data Protection Commissioner to urge them to take action and halt a recently announced change in Facebook’s business practices. Facebook announced in June 2014 that it plans to increase the amount of data that it collects from users. The company is planning to …

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EU consultation on ISDS in the TTIP: TACD responds

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TACD has submitted a response on behalf of consumers to a European Commission (EC) consultation on the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions in the proposed EU-US free trade agreement, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). ISDS is a private enforcement mechanism that has been included in a number of other international free trade agreements …

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TACD Stakeholder Forum 2014: Consumers Mean Business

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The TACD Stakeholder Forum ‘The TTIP one year on: Consumers Mean Business’ took place on Tuesday, 24 June 2014 in the Pew Conference Center, Washington D.C. Consumer advocates, EU and U.S. government officials and business people discussed the implications of the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) for citizens and consumers. The conference hosted …

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