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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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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How Google is eroding consumers’ freedom to choose

By Agustin Reyna Agustín Reyna is the Chief Competition Advisor for The European Consumer Organisation, BEUC, representing 43 independent national consumer associations from 31 European countries. Within BEUC, Agustín coordinates the organisation’s work on competition law enforcement and policy. He is responsible for providing the consumer viewpoint to the European Commission’s competition directorate on cases …

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Data insecurity and data protection: Will U.S. consumers benefit from new EU data protection laws?

By Linda Sherry   Consumer Action’s director of national priorities and communications, Linda Sherry, joined the San Francisco-based national consumer education and advocacy group in 1994 from a background as a weekly newspaper reporter. A nationally recognized consumer advocate, Sherry is expert on credit and financial services pricing and practices and consumer rights. In 2004, she …

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Reporting back: ‘Ensuring Privacy Rights for All’

By Katharina Kopp  Katharina Kopp, Deputy Director of the Center for Digital Democracy and Director for Policy, has extensive experience as an advocate, scholar, policy analyst, privacy expert, coalition builder, communicator, convener, strategist and corporate leader. At CDD she leads on various initiatives to explore how Big Data practices and technologies, particularly with regard to …

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Tinder and me: My life, my business

By Maryant Fernández Pérez Maryant is a Senior Policy Advisor at European Digital Rights (EDRi) and a lawyer admitted to the Madrid Bar association since 2012. Maryant defends human rights and fundamental freedoms online in the European Union. She works on intermediary liability (e-commerce, hate speech, counter-terrorism, child protection), digital trade, network neutrality, transparency and internet …

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#WatchOut: Significant security flaws in smartwatches for children

By Finn Myrstad and the Norwegian Consumer Council (NCC)  Finn Myrstad is the Head of the Digital Services Section at the Norwegian Consumer Council (NCC). The NCC focuses on national and international issues related to net neutrality, data protection, copyright, telecommunication and other issues within the field of digital services. As a part of our work on …

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Reporting back on the ‘Modern Biotechnology in Agriculture’ conference

By Camilla Udsen  The author is a Senior Food Adviser in the Danish Consumer Council since 2001. She has an MSc in Food Technology and nutrition and a PhD in molecular microbiology. Her areas of expertise are: consumer-related EU food policy, food labelling, nutrition, and biotechnology. Camilla represents consumers in several Danish food-related committees and she is …

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