Added by: Anna Glayzer (Consumers International )
What impact will big tech companies’ moves into grocery retail have on the food chain? Our Director General Amanda Long joined a discussion on the BBC World Service’s Food Chain programme to discuss the impact of companies like Alibaba and Amazon on how we shop for food, what we eat and also on privacy, pricing and competition. In this blog, Consumers International’s Advocacy Manager Anna Glayzer explores the key issues that were covered.
Added by: Johannes Kleis (BEUC - The European Consumer Organisation)
Last week, the 164 members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) convened in Buenos Aires for their biannual ministerial conference. Although expectations before the conference were low, they were undercut by the actual outcomes.
Added by: Consumer Champion (BEUC - The European Consumer Organisation)
The Internet of Things will bring great social and economic benefits to consumers. And a whole load of headaches. A blog post by ANEC, BEUC, CI & ICRT.
Added by: Pauline Constant (BEUC - The European Consumer Organisation)
Meet 'Superbug': the BEUC's messenger that toured Europe for 2.5 months to inform consumers about the antibiotic situation in their country.
Added by: Monika Stajnarova (BEUC - The European Consumer Organisation)
Daniel helps a family stay warm with some clever tricks. Sticking bubble wrap around the windows is one option to keep the cold out of the house. But these are short-term fixes, not long-term solutions. And winters are cold in the north-east of England. This story narrated by Ken Loach comes from his 2016 movie I, Daniel Blake but it is far from fictional. It is a story replicated across the European continent.
Added by: David Martin Ruiz (BEUC - The European Consumer Organisation)
In the European lobby city, Brussels, foes of strong e-Privacy rules have spread the term “consent fatigue”. Behind this phrase is the ‘concern’ of the advertising industry that since consumers have to give their consent – for snooping on them when they are online – too often, consumers are annoyed, no longer bother and simply click yes (as if there was any other option by the way). Therefore, it would be much better for everyone, above all the consumer (!), if a company can hoover up personal data without having to ask for the consumer’s consent. That is like saying that consumers should leave their front door open because doorstep sellers are likely to often ring the doorbell.