Tag: consumers

  • Are Consumers Getting the Short Stick on Data Privacy?

    Are Consumers Getting the Short Stick on Data Privacy?

    On a Monday, there is a data leak affecting half a billion Facebook accounts, by Tuesday a bot has scraped 500 million LinkedIn accounts. On Wednesday, Stanford University announces a hack that exposed thousands of social security numbers and financial details. Then Thursday, the world’s largest aviation IT company announces 90 percent of passenger data may have been accessed in a cyber-attack. And…

  • We should not monopolise consumer information

    We should not monopolise consumer information

    Expanding consumer access to information is meant to be a cornerstone of informed policy and decision-making.  Rather than adopting paternalistic rules, lawmakers and regulators in liberal democracies should reflect the will of the people and ensure that consumers and citizens are able to always access more, not less, information on labels and products.  Obviously, distinguishing…

  • Biden Can Channel Libertarian Ideas to Woo Some of the Trump Coalition

    Biden Can Channel Libertarian Ideas to Woo Some of the Trump Coalition

    The 2016 Donald Trump coalition was one for the ages. These were far from typical Republican voters, made up of disaffected liberals, libertarians, nationalists, run-of-the-mill conservatives and skeptics of adventurous foreign policy. Rhetoric on “dismantling” of the administrative state, promises of low taxes and cutting down on wars abroad convinced many moderates and libertarians who…

  • In Kamala Harris, do consumers have an ally or a foe?

    In Kamala Harris, do consumers have an ally or a foe?

    This week, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden revealed Sen. Kamala Harris of California as his running mate for the November general election against President Donald Trump. Because Harris’ influence on the Biden campaign will loom large, and be important to whomever American voters choose in the fall, it’s worth looking at some of her ideas…

  • It’s time for the government to put consumers first

    It’s time for the government to put consumers first

    It’s a great time to be alive. In the past few years, we’ve been incredibly lucky to gain access to great technologies and services that make our lives better every day. Just think about the great problem-solving innovations we’ve had in recent years. Want a safer alternative to consuming nicotine? Enter vape devices. Looking for a…