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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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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