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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EU data protection rights at risk through trade agreements, new study shows

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Today, researchers of the University of Amsterdam’s Institute for Information Law (IViR) have published an independent study that clearly shows that the European Union (EU) does not sufficiently safeguard citizen’s personal data and privacy rights in its trade agreements.  The study was commissioned by TACD, together with member organisations European Consumer Organisation BEUC, European Digital …

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How to achieve coherence between trade and public health in TTIP?

By Zoltan Massay-Kosubek The author, who is Policy Coordinator at the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) argues that trade liberalisation policy can both support public health goals and undermine them. The potential for economic growth and higher incomes enable wider access to healthier lifestyles, while increased availability of cheaper processed foods, tobacco and alcohol can promote further …

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TACD publishes new resolution on the proposed Intellectual Property chapter in TTIP

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More IP in Trade? No, thanks! Today, TACD releases a new policy resolution on the proposed Intellectual Property (IP) chapter in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). We believe that trade is not the place to negotiate intellectual property and therefore are of the view that the proposed TTIP should exclude any provisions related …

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Data Protection Authorities confirm that EU-US Privacy Shield proposal is below EU data protection standards

Today, the European Data Protection Authorities (DPAs) sent the so-called EU-US Privacy Shield back to the drawing board. Following a thorough assessment of the proposed new framework, the DPAs have come to the conclusion that, despite providing some improvements over the previous ‘Safe Harbour’ agreement, the proposed Privacy Shield as it stands raises substantial concerns …

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TACD Calls on EU to Reject “Privacy Shield” Proposal

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Scheme Fails to Protect Consumers’ Fundamental Rights to Privacy and Data Protection Following the 29 February 2016 release of the text of the “Privacy Shield” by the European Commission and the U.S. Department of Commerce, we have adopted a new policy resolution on the proposed transatlantic data transfer agreement, meant to replace the invalidated Safe Harbour. …

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TACD Financial Services event: Regulatory responses to the global financial crisis in the EU and US

On 27 January 2016, the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) organised an event on the regulatory responses to the global financial crisis in the EU and US. The event titled “Regulatory responses to the global financial crisis in the EU and US: implementation and enforcement of retail financial services regulation” was organised under the auspices of …

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TACD Annual Forum 2016: The Precautionary Principle in TTIP

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The 16th TACD Annual Forum ‘The precautionary principle in TTIP: Trade barrier or essential for consumer protection” took place on Tuesday, 26 January 2016 at the Renaissance Hotel in Brussels. The successful Forum brought together no less than 170 EU and U.S. government officials, consumer advocates and industry stakeholders. As suggested in the title, the …

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The Safe Harbour is Dead, long live the Not-so-safe Harbour?

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The ‘Privacy Shield’ PR fanfare was clearly designed to buy the Commission more time before the European authorities started enforcing the law. This it has achieved – today the European Data Protection Authorities announced that they will wait for the details and the documents to start analysing whether the new deal meets all the requirements …

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