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Advertising Law - December 2014 #2

Uber’s Privacy Mess Results in Legislative Inquiry - Providing a lesson in how not to handle a privacy policy, car service app Uber is now facing questions from the Senate Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the...more

Accountability Program Releases Compliance Warning on Enhanced Noticed for Online Native Advertising

The Online Interest-Based Advertising Accountability Program is serious about compliance with the transparency and consumer control provisions of the Digital Advertising Association's Self-Regulatory Principles for Online...more

OBA Accountability Program Enforcement

On October 28, 2014, the Online Interest-Based Advertising Accountability Program issued a press release detailing several decisions that commence the promised enforcement of its 2013 Compliance Warning to website publishers...more

Privacy Policies 2.0: Making Disclosures More Meaningful

Website privacy policies are a ubiquitous fact of web life, intended to allow users to easily understand the personal information being collected by a website and how that site uses and shares that information. Over time,...more

BBB Watchdog Cites Five On-Line Companies for Failing to Adhere to Enhanced Notice of Third-Party Data Collection for Online...

This week, the Online Internet-Based Advertising Accountability Program, a unit of the Better Business Bureau (“BBB”), released five decisions in which Answers Corporation, Best Buy, BuzzFeed, Go.com, and Yelp agreed to...more

Advertising Law - July 2014 #3

Suit Seeks To Include E-Mail Address Under Song-Beverly Protections - First zip codes, now e-mail addresses? According to a new complaint filed in California federal court against Express Fashion Apparel, LLC,...more

Trending Information: The Connection Between Data Brokers and the Fashion Industry

Consumers frequently reveal personal information about themselves through a variety of daily online and offline activities. For fashion designers and retailers, this consumer information represents a valuable tool to...more

Social Media Class Actions Buy the Farm(Ville): Ninth Circuit Dismisses Consumer Claims Against Zynga and Facebook for Sharing...

Farmville is a game that celebrates the digital harvest: players earn Farm Coins by diligently and systematically harvesting their virtual crops. Yet a different kind of digital harvest – the harvest of user data – was at the...more

Google Case Provides Spoliation Exception to Living Document Safeguard

Google has come under scrutiny in the last few years over collecting information from users’ email accounts to provide targeted advertising for its paid clients. ...more

Advertising Law - December 31, 2013

FTC Shines a Light on Flashlight App’s Geolocation Data Sharing - In the agency’s first action involving geolocation data, Goldenshores Technologies, LLC, settled charges with the Federal Trade Commission that the...more

BBB Warns Advertisers and Web Publishers to Take Responsibility for Behavioral Advertising Disclosures

The Better Business Bureau (“BBB”) and the Direct Marketing Association (“DMA”) are in charge of enforcing the ad industry’s Self Regulatory Principles for Online Behavioral Advertising (“OBA Principles”), which regulate the...more

New Self-Regulatory Compliance Decisions Focus on Roles of Agency and Demand Side Platform Engaged in Online Behavioral...

The Better Business Bureau’s Online Interest-Based Advertising Accountability Program issued three compliance decisions involving an advertiser, its agency and the provider of a self-service demand side platform in relation...more

Advertising Law -- Nov 25, 2013

Child-Directed Sweepstakes Ran Afoul of COPPA - A sweepstakes conducted by a magazine for tween girls raised concerns under the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, the Children's Advertising Review Unit...more

Consumer Data Privacy Update for Marketers, Part 1: Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Amendments

New technologies enable marketers to collect and analyze more — and more specific— data than ever before. Marketers can track consumers across the internet and mobile applications, and can deliver advertising based on...more

A Warning for Websites Allowing Data Collection for Online Behavioral Advertising

The Better Business Bureau’s Online Interest-Based Advertising Accountability Program (“the Accountability Program”) issued its first ever compliance warning on October 14, a move that is intended to clarify the obligations...more

More Online Trouble for Service Providers?

Google is facing increased scrutiny of its data collection and use practices, which may be a warning to all Internet and online service providers. Last week, Judge Koh in San Jose held Google accountable for an alleged...more

Emerging Growth and Venture Capital News - Fall 2013

NEW SEC GENERAL SOLICITATION AND “BAD ACTOR” RULES RE PRIVATE STOCK SALES NOW IN EFFECT - New Securities and Exchange Commission rules concerning private stock sales are now in effect. Under these rules, for...more

Advertising Law -- Sep 26, 2013

Julia Child Foundation Whips Up Lawsuit Against Williams-Sonoma - Williams-Sonoma illegally used the name and likeness of the late Julia Child more than 100 times in advertising, marketing, and promotional materials...more

FTC Looking Closely at Impact on Consumers of ‘Big Data’

Manufacturers and marketers know that the more consumer data they have, the more they can tailor and direct their advertising, their products, and their product placement. This helps them to maximize sales and minimize costs....more

Advertising Law - Aug 01, 2013

DNT Standard Remains Elusive - The struggle to set a standard for a Do Not Track program continues. Two years into the process, the Tracking Protection Working Group of the World Wide Web Consortium has failed...more

Digital Advertising Alliance Releases Guidance on the Application of Its Self-Regulatory Principles to the Mobile Environment...

On July 24, 2013, the Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA), comprised of the largest media and marketing trade associations in the U.S., released new guidance regarding mobile and other devices (Mobile Guidance). The Mobile...more

Advertising Law -- May 31, 2013

A Friendly Reminder from the FTC: You May Be in Trouble - Continuing the countdown to the effective date of the amended Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Rule, the Federal Trade Commission sent “educational...more

Digital Advertising Group Revises Code Of Conduct For Interest-Based Advertising

On May 16, the Network Advertising Initiative (NAI), a self-regulatory body governing over 90 third-party digital advertising companies, released a revised Code of Conduct designed to (i) ensure that NAI member companies...more

Advertising Law -- May 09, 2013

Harsh Criticism for Ad Industry Over DNT - The advertising industry faced harsh criticism at a hearing held by Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V.). He addressed the implementation of a federal Do Not Track program and...more

Poland Adopts Heavy Penalties for Telcos Using Cookies without Obtaining "Opt-In" Consent

Poland’s Act amending its Telecommunications Law and Certain Other Laws of November 16, 2012, came into effect on March 22, 2013. The law relates specifically to telecommunications companies, and therefore other sectors such...more

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