RUSSIA — Russia’s only independent polling agency, the Levada Centre, may be forced to close after Russian prosecutors ordered it to register as a ‘foreign agent’ – a term synonymous with being a spy.
US — American researchers have called on policymakers to hold off on legislation over mobile application privacy and data collection.
UK — The UK government’s long-delayed review of its market research roster, formerly managed by the now defunct Central Office of Information, is due to go ahead in July.
US — American market researchers have warned that presidential budget proposals could potentially threaten research companies using respondent incentives.
US — Utah State is creating a law that will require disclosure of a political poll’s sponsor – with potentially harmful knock-on effects for the research industry.
UK — The British government is considering creating the post of chief social scientist as part of wider efforts to investigate the effectiveness of public spending.
Survey firms in Manila have appealed to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to defer implementation of a resolution ordering the disclosure of subscribers.
PHILIPPINES — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) in the Philippines has ordered all survey companies to name those financing election-related surveys.
SRI LANKA — The Market Research Society of Sri Lanka (MRSSL) is going for tax concessions that were provided for the profession in the country’s 2013 budget.
US — The Marketing Research Association (MRA) has warned that valuable demographic data could be under threat if changes to the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) go through Congress.
US — Lobbying from the research industry has prevented the profession from having to treat respondents as employees in Washington State, US.