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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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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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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