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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TACD calls on Facebook to adopt same privacy standards for all consumers and give details on how to Congress

Today, the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) sent a letter to the CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, urging Facebook to adopt the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as a baseline standard, not just for EU consumers as it is required, but for all Facebook services. The letter comes ahead of Facebook Chief Executive Officer, Mark Zuckerberg’s, …

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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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TACD welcomes European Commission decision to defend peoples’ privacy in trade discussions

Today, 28 February 2018, the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC), European Digital Rights (EDRi) and the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) issues a statement to welcome the European Commission’s political decision to safeguard EU citizens’ fundamental rights when negotiating data transfers and data protection in trade agreements. This statement comes after the European Commission, on 31 January …

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