About: consumer rights

Data protection 29-11-2017

Privacy crusader Schrems starts NGO to bring more tech firms to court

The Austrian lawyer whose lawsuit toppled the infamous safe harbour data sharing agreement with the United States has set up an NGO focused on bringing more privacy cases to court.

Alcohol 19-06-2017

Weighing the tradeoffs of joy versus long term health

Consumers make hundreds of choices every day, some of  which imply weighing the tradeoffs of joy versus long term health. These are highly subjective decisions, and in a free society adult consumers should have the right to make these choices and not have them dictated to them by public health tsars, writes Fred Roeder.

Digital 03-03-2016

Member states swipe left: Tinder has (court) date in EU countries

Consumer organisations in three EU countries lodged complaints against US-based dating app Tinder today (3 March) for its restrictive user contracts.

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Alcohol 02-04-2015

Ingredient and Nutrition Information to Consumers: What role for alcoholic beverages?

In 2011, the European Commission adopted a new regulation on the provision of food information to consumers.

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Health 19-06-2014

Parliament frets about Eurosceptic attack on consumer rights

MEPs from the European Parliament's outgoing Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee have expressed concern about the poisonous role that Eurosceptic groups could play in consumer legislation during the upcoming five-year legislature.

Euro & Finance 06-06-2014

EU court ruling to prompt consumer damages claims against cartels

Companies found guilty of taking part in cartels are likely to face more damages lawsuits from victims after Europe's top court said that cartel members could be found liable for price rises initiated by rival businesses outside the cartel.

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Transport 23-01-2014

Access to data and your car

Vehicles already have the capability to track information on their own. Very soon, they will be able to transmit that data over secured networks, for instance, in the event of a breakdown. This can ensure a faster, better equipped and more effective response. However, there are also concerns about data protection. Learn more about the rights consumers deserve when it comes to access to data with their cars.
Learn more at: http://www.fia.com/

Health 02-07-2013

Patient groups: Safety first in new medical devices regulation

SPECIAL REPORT / Recent health scandals involving faulty breast implants and toxic replacement hips have illustrated the need to strengthen safety checks on medical devices in the EU, according to patient groups. A new EU regulation currently in the works must rectify this by putting patient safety first, they argue.

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Health 13-03-2013

Parliament agrees rules to settle consumer disputes out-of-court

The European Parliament has approved out-of-court systems for dealing with consumer complaints, in a drive to save some €22.5 billion by reducing the number of lengthy court actions.

Competition 30-11-2011

Commission seeks stronger consumer complaints process

The European Commission unveiled proposals yesterday (29 November) intended to make it easier for consumers who shop anywhere in the EU – including online – to file complaints against manufacturers without going to court.
 

Transport 23-11-2011

Pressure grows to revamp air passenger rights

Airlines are pressing the European Commission to revamp the 6-year-old rules on passenger rights that guarantee compensation for flight cancellations and delays that typically soar during the chaotic winter travel season.

Health 12-10-2011

Sales law ‘answer to the crisis’: Reding

A new law on cross-border sales, due to be unveiled today (12 October), can help dig the EU out of the economic crisis, according to the Commissioner who will present it. Meanwhile business groups ralliy against the proposal, claiming it will hinder, not help small companies.