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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TACD releases new policy resolution on the EU’s Multilateral Investment Court

Today, TACD has published a resolution on the EU’s Multilateral Investment Court (MIC). The resolution comes after the European Commission’s mandate from EU Member States in March 2018 to negotiate a Multilateral Investment Court. The EU’s aim is to convince other countries to create a global court that would replace private arbitration tribunals in ruling …

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TACD members send letter to companies urging them to adopt the core elements of the GDPR as a baseline standard

On 24 May, several TACD members sent a letter to 95 major Internet companies, advertisers and other digital data companies urging them to adopt the core elements of the new European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as a baseline standard in the U.S. and worldwide. The GDPR comes into force on 25 May. Read …

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Parents, stay away from Amazon’s Echo Dot

By Melissa Campbell Melissa Campbell is Communications and Operations Manager at Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC), an organization which educates the public about commercialism’s impact on kids’ wellbeing and advocates for the end of child-targeted marketing. Melissa shapes messaging and campaigns at CCFC. Before joining CCFC, she worked with the feminist organization SPARK Movement, …

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TACD members discuss the impact of GDPR implementation

On Wednesday 16 May, TACD member Center for Digital Democracy organised a press briefing on the impact of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and its implementation in the USA. The conference gave TACD members Privacy International, The Consumer Voice (BEUC) and the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) the chance to discuss the EU’s GDPR …

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10 things you need to know about the new European data protection law (General Data Protection Regulation)

Today TACD published a document detailing 10 things that US companies need to know about the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). People’s data should be treated with the highest privacy protections no matter where they are based. Privacy is a fundamental human right and data protection is intrinsically linked to it. While GDPR is …

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TACD calls for increased transparency in negotiations on steel and aluminium tariffs

On 27 April 2018, TACD sent a letter to United States Trade Representative, Ambassador Lighthizer and the European Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malmström expressing consumer concerns over the impending steel and aluminium tariffs announced by the U.S. government. The EU’s waiver from these tariffs expires on May 1, and it is critical that U.S. and …

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We need sound policy to quell the data arms race, protect users

By Susan Grant Susan Grant is Director of Consumer Protection and Privacy at the Consumer Federation of America. She works specifically in the areas of privacy, identity theft, online safety and security, telemarketing, electronic and mobile commerce, deceptive marketing, fraud, and general consumer protection issues. Ms. Grant heads CFA’s Consumer Protection Institute, conducts CFA’s annual …

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