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Germany’s Federal Network Agency, the telecommunications watchdog, ordered parents to destroy or disable My Friend Cayla doll, a smart connected doll, because of the risks it creates for children’s privacy and safety. The doll, which allo...

In an interview with German newspaper Welt am Sonntag over the weekend, a representative of the German Green party called for regulation banning the advertising of “unhealthy” food to children. Renate Künast, who is the Chairperson ...

On 24 August, consumer group Foodwatch Germany released a report in which it claims that the EU Pledge is ineffective and calls on the federal government to ban the marketing of food products to under 16 years old based on WHO Europe nutrient profile...

Healthy food items with an appealing packaging design could lure children into eating 'healthy' food products, according to an academic study published earlier this month in the Journal Frontier of Psychology. A research team led by Dr. Bernd Weber ...

NGO Foodwatch is calling for a more responsible use of licensed characters in advertising and is advocating for a ban on food products which do not meet the recently launched WHO Europe nutrition profile model to use such characte...

Consumer group Foodwatch has lent support to a coalition of 11 professional medical societies, including the German Diabetes Association and German Cancer Aid, which are calling for a ban on food advertising aimed at children, among other measures in...

In a report prepared for the Media Institute of Nordrhein-Westfalen and the Federal Ministry for Family, the Elderly, Women, and Youth, the Hamburg-based Hans Bredow Institute for Media Research examined the advertising practices of the 100 most popu...

Following parents' complaints in Hamburg about hidden marketing in schools, television channel NDR investigated a sports competition and found that sponsors including Volkswagen, supermarket chain Edeka and local bank Hamburger Sparkasse were circumv...

A study by the Federation of German Consumer Organisations Vzbv released on 30 January and entitled: “School materials under the microscope: How far does lobbying in schools go?”, examined the quality of teaching materials provided b...

Following a complaint filed by a consumer watchdog organisation, the highest German civil court, the Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof; "BGH"), has ordered the company Gameforge to amend an online advert for its online fantasy game "Runes o...

Following the launch of a complaint by the German Federation of Consumer Organisations (vzbv) against Gameforge Berlin AG, previously known as Frogster, the Federal Court of Justice ruled that advertising messages aimed at children, appearing during ...

Capri-Sonne won a poll launched by NGO Foodwatch on 18 April which asked consumers to cast their vote for this year’s “Goldene Windbeutel” – an award attributed to a food product targeting children for misleading advertising (...

On 3 May, Foodwatch Germany issued a factsheet entitled “The EU Pledge - a fig leaf for advertising to children in the food industry” in which it criticises the EU Pledge for allowing the continued marketing of unhealthy food and beverage...

A poll launched by NGO Foodwatch on 18 April asks people to cast their vote for this year’s “Goldene Windbeutel” – an award attributed to a food product targeting children for misleading advertising. In 2012, the NGO looked a...

On 13 March, German NGO Foodwatch launched an online petition addressed to Federal Minister for Consumer Protection Ilse Aigner and the “Consumer Protection Foundation” against the industry involvement in the “Alliance for Consumer ...

In an investigation of food companies’ websites released in December 2012, Hamburg-based consumer association the “Verbraucherzentrale Hamburg” criticized the leniency of the EU Pledge initiative regarding which food products can be...

On 15 November 2012,  the Federation of German Consumer Organisations (VZBV) published the results of a study on “Consumer rights in the digital world”. The study analysed 52 websites for children and found that advertising on h...

German consumer association Foodwatch announced the launch of an online petition containing a 15-point plan against misleading labelling. The NGO recommends prohibiting advertising of "unhealthy" foods to children.  This petition was launched o...

A study recently released by the German Green Party in cooperation with the Potsdam Clinic for Children and Adolescent Medicine found that among 43 non-alcoholic products promoted across Germany using Euro 2012 images, 90% targeted children directly....

In a new report entitled “Buying Children – How the food industry tempts children into wrong eating habits, misleads parents and denies responsibility”, published on 13 March 2012, German NGO Foodwatch criticises the nutritional com...