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Summit Snapshot: Doing Well By Doing Good

August 8, 2016

“We’re so focused all the time on eliminating the bad, and we forget that there’s a lot that’s good about what we do in digital advertising, and what we’re able to do using interest-based advertising and the data that we collect,” said moderator Nancy Hill, president and chief executive officer, 4A’s, during Digital Advertising Alliance Summit 2016 in Silicon Beach, Los Angeles. Data can inform location, preferences, habits, and much more, she said. Consequently, that knowledge can be used for many purposes – including social responsibility.

Photo: DAA Summit 2016 “Doing Well By Doing Good” Panel Moderator Nancy Hill, President and Chief Executive Officer, 4A’s

Take for example, the award-winning FIA [Federation for Internet Alerts], a public safety initiative.

“The Federation for Internet Alerts is really the fruition of competitors that have come together and said, ‘You know, we can serve an ad in real time and it can be relevant, but what if there’s a tornado. What can we do?’ It’s a simple mission to leverage our technology for good and give our consumers true relevancy,” said Jason Bier, president, Federation for Internet Alerts, and executive vice president, general counsel and chief privacy officer, Engine Media Group. Bier explained, “We use the technology to get the messages to people...

Summit Snapshot: DAA Accountability Stakeholders Discuss Casework Experiences and Lessons Learned

July 11, 2016

Photo: DAA Summit 2016 Accountability Panel Moderator Michael A. Signorelli of Venable LLP

Self-regulatory industry education and enforcement of Digital Advertising Alliance Principles have the flexibility to keep up with the constantly changing media platforms and the resulting novel formats for interest-based advertising. To meet this ongoing challenge, the DAA Program and its Accountability Partners [Direct Marketing Association and Council of Better Business Bureaus] provide casework that serves as an evergreen resource to all participants in the advertising ecosystem.  Each DAA enforcement represents a learning experience, not only for the companies involved but for all stakeholders.  Accountability builds a stronger marketplace by building understanding and trust between companies and the consumers with whom they engage.

“I don’t think there’s another self-regulatory program or industry that has more cops on the beat,” said Michael Signorelli, partner, Venable LLP and counsel, Digital Advertising Alliance, who moderated the panel. “We have the BBB, the DMA, and the NAI [DAA co-founding association Network Advertising Initiative] all helping us ensure that we have responsible data practices.”  NAI CEO Leigh Freund introduced the panel discussion.

Enforcement Ensures Standards...

Summit Snapshot: Policymaker Perspective -- A Conversation with the FTC’s Maneesha Mithal

June 16, 2016

[PHOTO: During DAA Summit 2016, DAA General Counsel Stu Ingis discusses the state of self-regulation and current Federal Trade Commission priorities with Maneesha Mithal of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection.]

“Not everyone realizes that one of the key partners of the DAA is the FTC,” said Stuart Ingis, partner, Venable LLP and general counsel, Digital Advertising Alliance, as he moderated a highly interactive policy discussion at the DAA Summit 2016 in Silicon Beach, Los Angeles. “We appreciate all that the Commission has done — and we’d like to hear about the agenda and continued partnership with the DAA.”

FTC Agenda at-a-Glance

According to speaker Maneesha Mithal, associate director, division of privacy and identity protection, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission, the FTC’s attention over the coming months will be focused on three main topic areas: sensitive information, big data, and the Internet of Things (IoT). “We feel that is where we at the FTC should be focusing a lot of our resources… and we...

Summit Snapshot: The Emerging Ad-Supported Video Ecosystem

June 9, 2016

Welcome to our first in a series of blog posts dedicated to our recent DAA Summit 2016, “Connecting Self-Regulation, Relevant Ads & Respect for the Consumer” held on May 12-13, 2016, in Silicon Beach (Los Angeles, CA).  Throughout the summer, we will be providing content coverage from the Summit.

Video is now being distributed across a dizzying variety of platforms, creating an important new opportunity for advertisers to reach consumers of short- and long-form content. The emerging capabilities of digital advertising platforms to provide more customized video ads will increase ad effectiveness, and will support an expansion in available video content for the multi-device (and increasingly mobile-centric) consumer.

With this in mind, a distinguished panel of senior executives took the stage at the Digital Advertising Alliance Summit 2016 in Los Angeles to explore this dynamic ad-supported video ecosystem.

Photo Featuring Selected Speakers from DAA Summit Video Ecosystem Panel

PHOTO: Acxiom’s Rick Erwin discusses video ad growth during Digital Advertising Alliance Summit on May 13, 2016, in Marina del Rey, CA.  The panel comprised Rick Erwin, President & General Manager, Audience Solutions, Acxiom (center); Brian Fuhrer, Senior Vice President, National &...

DAA Explains Self-Regulatory Process for Interest-based Advertising-Related Data Collection to Federal Communications Commission

June 2, 2016

From time to time, we are called upon to offer information about how the DAA self-regulatory process works, along with details about the DAA Principles and program, their scope, and how they are enforced, as well as other points. In the past, we have provided such information in Congressional hearings, Federal Trade Commission proceedings, and worldwide technology standard forums, among other public proceedings.

This past week, we had the opportunity to provide comments to a “new” stakeholder in interest-based advertising (IBA), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), with regard to its notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on “Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services.”

We used the occasion of the FCC’s NPRM to inform and to educate the regulatory body about the successful implementation and adoption of an independently enforced, consumer-focused self-regulatory program unlike anything which has existed before. In our comments to the FCC – posted here – we articulated the flexibility of our self-...

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