TACD calls on Facebook to disclose its psych research for youth ad targeting

Today, the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) joined a coalition of 25 groups, including 14 of its member organisations, in signing a letter to the CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, calling for an immediate release of documents describing the corporation’s collection and analysis of psychological information about teen users. The letter comes after The Australian newspaper revealed …

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Urgent Care: Preventing Human Resistance to Antibiotics

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by Steve Suppan Last month, the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) hosted an event on Consumer Health and Antimicrobial Resistance in Washington DC. In this guest blog, Steve Suppan, Senior Policy Analyst at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy and U.S. Co-Chair of the TACD Food Policy Committee, shares his thoughts on the event. Perhaps it has happened to …

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Let’s Move Away from a Fossilised Vision of the Consumer Benefits of Trade

Panel on re-thinking trade policies: a consumer agenda for trade at the TACD Multi-stakeholder Forum in Washington D.C., March 2017

by Susan Grant Last week, consumer groups in the EU and US met in Washington DC for the 17th TACD Annual Meeting. In this guest blog, Susan Grant, Director of Consumer Protection and Privacy, Consumer Federation of America and member of the TACD Steering Committee, shares her impressions. Though consumer advocates have made much progress in advancing …

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TACD Launches Vision for a Positive Consumer Agenda: New Rules for the Global Economy

Trade agreements — their scope, transparency and legitimacy — must now be re-imagined. Today, at the 17th TACD Annual Forum in Washington DC, we launch our vision for a positive consumer agenda. We provide a series of recommendations, proposing how regulatory cooperation measures outside of trade agreements can improve transatlantic markets for consumers and how, and with …

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TACD calls for the swift implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty in Europe

The Chairs of the Intellectual Property Committee of the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue have written to members of the European Parliament and Member States permanent representations to the EU calling for a swift adoption of the European Commission’s proposal to implement the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually …

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New resolution on medicinal products and medical devices in the TTIP

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Today, TACD releases a new policy resolution on medicinal products and medical devices (considered as health technologies by WHO) in the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The resolution offers a set of recommendations to the EU and US negotiators, stressing that TTIP should under no circumstances reinforce the monopoly power of pharmaceutical corporations, limit the freedom …

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TACD and its members urge EU leaders to protect citizens’ data in trade agreements

TACD, together with the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC), Consumers International, the European Association for the Co-ordination of Consumer Representation in Standardisation (ANEC) and European Digital Rights (EDRi) sent an open letter to the European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker. The letter urges the European Commission to protect consumers’ and citizens’ data in trade agreements, resist pressure and come …

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New policy resolution on Technical Barriers to Trade in TTIP

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EU and US consumers say YES to collaboration and exchange of best practices, NO to obligations with negative impacts on consumer protection Today, TACD publishes a new policy resolution on Technical barriers to Trade (TBTs) in the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The resolution highlights differences between the US and EU technical regulations, conformity assessment and standards-making …

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New policy resolution on consumer concerns about new genetic engineering techniques

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EU and US consumers call for regulation and labeling of products derived from new genetic engineering techniques  Today, TACD published a new resolution on consumer concerns about new genetic engineering techniques. Consumers have right to know when new genetic engineering techniques are used, including in their food, but companies are lobbying to exempt such products …

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