ConPolicy Newsletter 2020 - 7

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  News about ConPolicy

Project funded by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
New ConPolicy project on artificial intelligence and sustainable online consumption

The Internet has an important role in promoting sustainable consumption in two respects: firstly, the vast majority of consumers use the Internet to obtain information about products and services; secondly, more and more consumers are buying products online. Search engine providers, comparison portals and online shops play a central role as "information brokers" and "gatekeepers" between consumers and producers to promote sustainable consumption. Despite the central importance of information regarding sustainability on the internet, these opportunities have so far hardly been used by providers.

The project aims to develop an innovative idea concept to promote sustainable consumption in search engines, comparison portals and online shops. Data-driven technologies and procedures of artificial intelligence play a key role in making sustainable consumption as easy as possible. The key levers include, for example, algorithms for search queries and product suggestions, energy efficiency, eco-labels or filter settings for "green" products (green by default). The project is funded by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).

Further information on the project can be found here.

Project for the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS)
New ConPolicy report on the possibilities of using nudging in UV protection

On behalf of the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) ConPolicy together with the innovation agency INNOKI investigated the possibilities of nudging in UV protection. The overall objective of the study was to show how policy-measures based on the nudge approach can be designed so that special target groups are more likely to protect themselves from UV radiation. In this project ConPolicy conducted a literature analysis and a creative workshop.

The results have been published on the website of the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS). More information about the project can be found here.

  Consumer policy news

Consumer behavior
What German consumers could do without for the sake of climate protection

Today, Bitkom published a representative survey on the personal willingness of German consumers to limit or abandon CO2-intensive consumption habits... Read more

First Commission report on the evaluation of the GDPR published

Today, the European Commission published its first report on the assessment and review of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that came into... Read more

One fifth of consumers financially affected by Corona crisis

Today, the Federation of German Consumer Organizations (vzbv) published the results of a consumer survey on financial losses during the Corona... Read more

New report highlights importance of digital resilience in times of crisis

Today, the European Commission released its 2020 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), which tracks the progress in the area of digitization at EU... Read more

  Recommended reading

Alemanno, A. (Ed.)
Taming COVID-19 by regulation

COVID-19 represents not only one of the greatest natural and economic disasters in human history, but also a rich case study of government’s emergency... Read more

German Federal Cartel Office
Sector review on Smart TVs

With their connection to the Internet, Smart TVs represent many devices of the so-called Internet of Things (IoT). Everyday objects or... Read more

Rieger, S. & C. Sinders
Dark patterns: Regulating digital design

How easy it is to order a book on an online shop’s website, how intuitive maps or navigation services are to use in everyday life, or how laborious it... Read more

Further development of strategies against obsolescence including legal instruments

The aim of the project on which this report is based is to develop regulatory strategies against obsolescence, which should contribute in particular... Read more

Foundation of a consumer-friendly regulation of interaction-based platform functionalities

The law against hate crime on the Internet is about to be adopted, the directive on copyright in the digital single market is about to be implemented.... Read more

Targeting scams 2019: A review of scam activity since 2009

This report provides key findings into 2019 scams, as well as insights into scam trends over the decade. It also includes commentary on the... Read more

Sustainability report – On the status of the integration of legal and consumer Policy into the Agenda 2030

This sustainability report outlines the steps taken by the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (BMJV) until the beginning of... Read more