TACD publishes resolution on competition, privacy and consumer welfare

Today, TACD publishes a policy resolution on competition in resopnse to the European Commission’s and the US Federal Trade Commission’s consultations on the future of competition law and policy. The resolution looks at the interplay between competition, privacy and consumer welfare in digital markets and sets out seven recommendations. The expansion of digital technologies and …

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EU NGOs blast Google Location data collection as U.S. Groups blast FTC on privacy

By Ed Mierzwinski, Senior Director of the Federal Consumer Program at U.S. Public Interest Research Group. Ed Mierzwinski is Senior Director of the Federal Consumer Program Consumer at U.S. Public Interest Research Group and the U.S. co-chair of the TACD Steering Committee. On 27 November 2018, 7 member groups of the European Consumer Organization (BEUC) …

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TACD urges FTC to investigate Google’s location tracking

Today, TACD has sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission explaining how Google manipulates users into constant location tracking. The letter follows the publication of TACD member the Norwegian Consumer Council’s (NCC) latest research “Every Step You Take”, which follows on from the “Deceived by Design” report released in June 2018. The latest report …

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New: TACD policy on use of technologies in financial services

Today, TACD publishes a new resolution on fintechs. Nowadays, use of technology in financial transactions (or fintech for short) has become an everyday part of most consumers’ lives. However, what can be said about the way that the fintech industry is regulated and how, if at all, are consumers protected? In addressing these questions TACD’s …

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Apps rated appropriate for kids are actually manipulating them

By David Monahan, Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and Jeffrey Chester, Center for Digital Democracy The digital revolution is happening so fast. With little regard for the consequences, Big Tech has convinced parents to put screen devices in the hands of children at ever younger ages. But let’s say you’re a conscientious parent of a …

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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 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 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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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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