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Cross-Device Guidance for DAA Principles: Enforcement Begins on Feb. 1, 2017

January 25, 2017

The Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA) Principles for Interest-Based Advertising and Multi-Site Data collection and use are well established in both desktop and mobile advertising environments.

This coming week, our latest interpretation of these Principles – our Cross-Device Guidance – takes enforcement effect, on February 1. This process began nearly two years ago, leading up to the release of the Guidance at the FTC’s Cross-Device Workshop in November 2015 and alerts about forthcoming accountability that began October 2016. Only this week, the Federal Trade Commission,...

Partnering with Purpose: Keeping Effective Self-Regulation Moving in 2016 and Forward

January 13, 2017

This exercise helps us continue to be a strong partner with you, keeping in step with marketplace innovations, brand engagements and consumer expectations in the year ahead.

Our program is entering its sixth year in market – and continues to be a standard bearer for effective self-regulation, providing a foundation for consumer trust as they interact with brands in digital, mobile, and now cross-device spaces.  This is not by accident, our success is bolstered by strong participation from all parts of the interest-based advertising ecosystem: brands, publishers, agencies, ad networks and ad tech companies – as well as our trade association founders and accountability partners.

Look at some of the highlights of what we achieved together in 2016:

  • CROSS DEVICE | The announcement of the effective date for our Cross-Device Guidance, February 1, 2017, builds off our successful efforts in mobile and desktop platforms The Cross-Device Guidance is an example of how our partnership keeps the DAA at the forefront of innovation with its participants, and helps keep government regulation at bay.
  • ACCOUNTABILITY RESOURCE | The publication of our first...

2016 BLOG


Education through Accountability: DAA Introduces its First Enforcement in Action Casebook Resource

December 14, 2016

This week, the Digital Advertising Alliance will start its fulfillment of our Enforcement in Action casebook – a summary of learnings from five years of U.S. enforcement of DAA Principles in the interest-based advertising marketplace.

“Casebook” may sound like a legal resource – and it certainly can be useful to counsel – but its true intent is to be a resource throughout marketing organizations… brand managers, marketing practitioners, strategic advisors, product development, compliance contacts, tech folks, anyone engaged with the responsible collection of user browsing and app usage data – as well as other user data categories – for the purposes of serving a relevant ad.

There’s no shortage of credit to give for all the contributors for the substance in this 200-page-plus resource – but I want to especially acknowledge our Accountability Partners – the Council of Better Business Bureaus Advertising Self-Regulatory Council and the Data & Marketing Association’s Corporate Responsibility Team in particular– plus our own counsel at Venable LLP for their herculean effort to bring this one-stop resource to fruition. 

The dozens of cases and the reporting documented to date in this volume have vital teaching for both first parties and third parties, on desktops and mobile, on how DAA Principles for Interest-based Advertising, Multi-Site Data Collection, and DAA Mobile Guidance are interpreted and enforced. [Our DAA Cross-Device...

Planning for Innovation: DAA Self-Regulation and the Video Example

October 12, 2016

With the recent announcement by eight trade associations – several of them founders of the Digital Advertising Alliance – around cross-platform standards of video ad delivery, it underscored just how important to the current and future state of advertising digital video has become.

Whether on desktop, laptop or mobile devices – time spent with video has been rising fast, advertising included. We’re now spending five-plus hours a day with video in all formats – up a full hour from six years ago, according to eMarketer. Nearly all of the growth in viewing is online.

Which is why it’s particularly important for self-regulation to keep up with users.

Looking back to late 2014 and early 2015, I’m particularly grateful our program, working through a dedicated Digital Advertising Alliance video working group (with thanks to the Interactive Advertising Bureau for its focused support toward this effort), formulated DAA icon and ad marker specifications for interest-based ads (IBA) in video formats – which first were released last fall. The resulting specifications document –...

That Icon That You See? Yeah, You Know Me.

September 29, 2016

One thing I’ve learned from working in the ad industry is that building a brand can be a long and challenging process. The DAA only started that process about six years ago, when the cross-industry program and its AdChoices Icon were first launched, but – happily – we’ve made significant progress since then.

Since our founding, the industry has rallied behind behind ongoing public education initiatives to build awareness of the AdChoices Icon, including a major campaign early in our history. More recently, as the program and its offerings have grown, we’ve updated our educational efforts.  Our newest campaign has secured the support of some of the largest players in the space – including AOL, AppNexus, AT&T, Cox Digital Solutions, Criteo, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Quantcast, RocketFuel, Washington Post Digital, and Xaxis (to date) – all of whom generously have assisted with inventory.

We also have the unique advantage of the broad usage of the Icon itself, as that familiar blue triangle is served more than a trillion times each month to consumers around the world, many of whom are learning about the program through their exposure to and interactions with it....

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