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First 100 Actions: Most Companies Fixed Data Privacy Issues When Challenged, Says BBB

Record shows nearly total compliance with industry’s AdChoices program; two new cases issued on web publishers Arlington, VA – April 2, 2019 – The first 100 public actions addressing digital privacy related to interest-based advertising show the willingness of digital advertisers and publishers to comply with self-regulatory standards. When challenged, the vast majority of companies cooperated and made the recommended changes to their policies and practices, according to a retrospective report released today by the BBB’s Online Interest-Based Advertising Accountability...

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Self-Regulatory Watchdogs Refer App Developer HyperBeard to Federal Trade Commission

Company failed to participate in self-regulation Arlington, VA – March 5, 2019 – Two industry self-regulatory units of the Council of Better Business Bureaus today referred the mobile app developer HyperBeard to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for failure to participate in a self-regulatory review process looking into data privacy practices related to children and advertising. The referral follows a joint inquiry by the Online Interest-Based Advertising Accountability Program and the Children’s Advertising Review Unit (CARU) into HyperBeard’s compliance with the Digital Advertising...

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Accountability Program brings up-front notice of tailored advertising to websites, mobile apps

Arlington, VA – January 28, 2019 – Today, the Online Interest-Based Advertising Accountability Program released new decisions detailing its efforts to bring website publishers into compliance with the Digital Advertising Alliance’s Self-Regulatory Principles, which outline best practices for digital ad privacy. The privacy watchdog’s latest actions are the result of consumer complaints filed with the Better Business Bureau and focus on providing enhanced notice to end users when they interact with the websites of popular brands. Publishers Clearing House, a direct marketing company...

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Accountability Program Bolsters Consumer Choice about Persistent ID, Location Use for Targeted Advertising

Arlington, VA – December 10, 2018 – The Online Interest-Based Advertising Accountability Program, an independent enforcer of the Digital Advertising Alliance’s self-regulatory Principles, released the results of inquiries into two advertising technology companies. The companies, Kiip and VRTCAL, updated their privacy disclosures and consumer opt-out tools to ensure that they met the requirements of industry best practices for interest-based advertising. “Making opt-out tools easy to use and ensuring they are clearly described are essential components of the DAA Principles,” said Jon...

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Privacy Roundup Brings App and Website Publishers into Compliance with Industry Standards for Digital Privacy

Arlington, VA – September 26, 2018 – Today, the Online Interest-Based Advertising Accountability Program released new cases that continue its mission to bring mobile app and website publishers into compliance with the Digital Advertising Alliance’s Self-Regulatory Principles, which outline best practices for digital ad privacy. The privacy watchdog’s latest cases highlight its efforts to ensure that consumers are given “enhanced notice” about data collection for targeted advertising (also known as interest-based advertising or IBA) when they interact with brands on their...

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Privacy Watchdog Brings Transparency and Choice to Mobile Video Ads

Arlington, VA – August 20, 2018 – Today, the Online Interest-Based Advertising Accountability Program released the first decision under its newest enforcement initiative, bringing a video ad technology company into compliance with online privacy best practices. Vdopia, Inc.’s Chocolate, a mobile video ad exchange and mobile SDK mediation platform, updated its data privacy practices to ensure consumers are provided with notice and choice when video ads tailored to their interests are served through mobile apps. Through revisions to its privacy disclosures, its opt-out mechanisms, and...

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