New: TACD policy on use of technologies in financial services

Today, TACD publishes a new resolution on fintechs. Nowadays, use of technology in financial transactions (or fintech for short) has become an everyday part of most consumers’ lives. However, what can be said about the way that the fintech industry is regulated and how, if at all, are consumers protected? In addressing these questions TACD’s …

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Apps rated appropriate for kids are actually manipulating them

By David Monahan, Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and Jeffrey Chester, Center for Digital Democracy The digital revolution is happening so fast. With little regard for the consequences, Big Tech has convinced parents to put screen devices in the hands of children at ever younger ages. But let’s say you’re a conscientious parent of a …

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Closed-door discussions to filter the internet continue

By Diego Naranjo Diego Naranjo is a Senior Policy Advisor at European Digital Rights (EDRi). He advocates for the protection of citizens’ fundamental rights and freedoms online in the fields of data protection, surveillance and copyright. In the past, Diego gained experience in the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia, the EU Fundamental Rights Agency …

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New Policy Resolution on delinking incentives to invest in biomedical R&D from the prices of products and services

Today, TACD publishes a new resolution on delinking the incentives to invest in biomedical R&D from the prices of products and services. There is a disconnect between incentives to stimulate biomedical innovation and the need for affordable access to new technologies. Incentives are often based upon the grant of private monopolies on inventions and products, …

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Trade is on everyone’s mind – it should be on NCD advocates’ minds too

By George Thurley George joined the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) in March 2017. He works to promote Trade for Health, especially focussed on NCDs. George has experience working to create positive change in European Union policy, having previously worked as a project officer on environmental and trade issues, and as a campaigner on resource …

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Five Red Flags for Food, Farming and Fair Trade Under the UK’s New Brexit Plan

By Sharon Treat Sharon Anglin Treat is Senior Attorney at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. For more than a decade, a major focus of Sharon’s policy work has included international trade agreements and their intersection with environmental, food and public health policy. Sharon first got involved in trade policy as a state legislator …

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Is California’s New Privacy Law Right for the United States?

By Allie Bohm Allie Bohm is Policy Counsel at Public Knowledge, focusing on government affairs work in key issue areas including broadband policy, privacy, artificial intelligence, and other tech policy initiatives.  Prior to law school, Allie was the Advocacy & Policy Strategist at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) covering state policy nationwide related to speech, …

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TACD addresses concerns on labelling format for genetically modified organisms proposed by USDA

On Tuesday 3 July, 2018, TACD’s Food Policy Committee submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) addressing concerns that the labelling format for Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) proposed by the USDA was both impractical for consumers and out of line with the format employed by 64 other countries that require labelling of GM …

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TACD Annual Forum 2018: Consumer Protection in a Connected World

The 18th TACD Annual Forum ‘Consumer Protection in a Connected World” took place on Tuesday, 19 June 2018 in Brussels. The Forum brought together over 100 participants from all stakeholder communities. The focus of this year’s event was to examine, through panel discussions, the impact that technology has on consumers in our ever-connected world. It …

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Norwegian Consumer Council report shows how tech companies push users into sharing personal data

Today, TACD member the Norwegian Consumer Council (NCC) published a new report on how tech companies steer us into sharing information about ourselves and discourage us from exercising our rights to privacy. The report “Deceived by Design” highlights the techniques used by companies such as Facebook and Google to manipulate users into sharing information. These techniques …

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