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  • 22-May-2018

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    Final report on the review of the 2003 OECD Recommendation on Protecting Consumers from Fraudulent and Deceptive Commercial Practices across Borders

    The results highlight that while continued implementation efforts are needed, the Recommendation continues to be relevant and appropriate to further the objectives set out when it was adopted in 2003.

  • 15-May-2018

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    Toolkit for protecting digital consumers

    Despite the benefits and convenience of e-commerce, the ease and speed with which consumers can engage in online transactions – at anytime, anywhere, and in particular across borders – may create situations that are unfamiliar to them and put their interests at risk. This toolkit provides a set of principles and practices for protecting digital consumers and enhancing trust in e-commerce.

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  • 12-April-2018

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    Improving online disclosures with behavioural insights: Towards better outcomes for consumers

    Many countries have specific information disclosure requirements that businesses have to meet both online and off to allow consumers to make informed decisions. While the role of information disclosure policies is clear, findings from behavioural insights raise questions about the usefulness of certain forms of information disclosure. This report looks at these concerns and subsequent policy implications.

  • 5-April-2018

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    Consumer policy and the smart home

    Connected devices and appliances offer added convenience but also bring potential risks such as data privacy and cybersecurity threats, limitations on interoperability, complex supply chains and liability regimes, and product safety. Developing effective responses to the consumer protection issues that arise from the "smart home" will be an ongoing challenge.

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  • 29-March-2018

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    Consumer product safety in the Internet of Things

    There is an argument that the IoT brings new challenges for product safety and that regulatory regimes will need to be adapted. However, others argue that although the products are new, the issues are not necessarily novel and existing regulations are sufficient. This report highlights some key issues that confront product safety policy makers in this important area.

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  • 28-March-2018

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    Consumer protection enforcement in a global digital marketplace

    This report examines information on consumer protection enforcement authorities of OECD member and non-member countries, especially on the ability of these authorities to co-operate across borders. It is based on questionnaire responses from 31 countries, supplemented by additional research.

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  • 7-November-2017

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    Trust in peer platform markets: Consumer survey findings

    In order to better understand the role and drivers of consumer trust in peer platform markets, the OECD’s Committee on Consumer Policy conducted an online survey of 10,000 consumers across 10 OECD member countries. This report discusses the findings of that survey.

  • 6-November-2017

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    Furniture tip-over awareness campaign

    From 6-10 November 2017, this global campaign will alert parents and other stakeholders about the dangers posed to children by television, furniture and appliance tip-overs. It aims to alert parents on the need to secure furniture to a wall or other structure if it is prone to tip, and call on furniture and TVs suppliers to ensure that the products they sell are safe and fit for the purpose.

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  • 31-October-2017

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    Consumer Product Safety

    OECD work on consumer product safety is aimed at strengthening information sharing on safety issues across borders.

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  • 20-January-2017

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    Use of Behavioural Insights in Consumer Policy

    Over the past decade, behavioural insights have helped make consumer policies more evidence-based and effective. This report examines how behavioural insights have been used by governments and other public policy organisations to develop and implement consumer policy initiatives, primarily through the use of experiments and surveys. It also identifies challenges to applying behavioural insights to consumer policy.

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