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September 9, 2014

DAA Thought Leader Interview | Jodi Daniels of Auto Trader Group

The Digital Advertising Alliance is pleased to announce its new DAA Thought Leadership Series featuring top leaders discussing current and emerging trends in interest-based advertising.

In the evolving world of digital advertising, complex technologies and consumer expectations continue to transform the way we do business. In this series, we will be speaking with the experts and executives who are leading the way in advertising innovation and how they help facilitate our own efforts to advance high ethical practices for consumer privacy, security and transparency. Bringing together exceptional ideas, covering a range of topics, we look forward to sharing industry insights that give companies the information and tools necessary to balance business goals with consumer privacy expectations.

Stay tuned periodically to hear perspectives, expertise and cutting-edge ideas that produce positive impacts for our industry.

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In our first segment, we speak with Jodi Daniels, director of privacy at Auto Trader Group, who participated as a panelist earlier this year at the DAA Summit 2014.

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August 18, 2014

DMA & IAB Note the Importance of Nimbly Adapting Transparency & Control Tools

DMA & IAB Note the Importance of Nimbly Adapting Transparency & Control Tools – AppChoices Gets a ‘Shout Out’

The age of “Big Data” is upon us – and in marketing, there are many applications with interest-based advertising being one such example.

Earlier this month, two of DAA’s founders – Interactive Advertising Bureau and Direct Marketing Association – both filed public comments with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration, as they pertain to “Big Data and Consumer Privacy in the Internet Economy.”

IAB referred to the Digital Advertising Alliance and its Self-Regulatory Principles early in its comments: “Launched in 2009, these Self-Regulatory Principles… have been widely implemented across the online advertising industry, and are vigorously enforced through longstanding and effective self-regulatory accountability programs. The Self-Regulatory Principles are reflected in IAB’s Code of Conduct for its members.”

Later on, IAB stated, “…the IAB...

July 31, 2014

Location Privacy Debate Gets an Industry Education Airing

The Digital Advertising Alliance gives precise location data heightened attention in its Application of Self-Regulatory Principles to the Mobile Environment (download third document), which we released last summer.

This past week I had the chance to participate in a Webinar offered by DAA Founding Association Interactive Advertising Bureau titled “Mobile Location Data and Privacy: What You Should Know.” A recording of the Webinar is available here.

While I testified at a Congressional hearing in June on this matter, the upshot is that our industry’s prompt, forward call for transparency, and for consumer control, for the collection and use of location data to serve interest-based ads serves to keep marketing largely free from burdensome regulation.

Yes, our self-regulation calls on advertisers to take on various responsibilities in conjunction with location data collection and use – and these responsibilities will be enforced by our enforcement partners Council of Better Business Bureaus and Direct Marketing Association – but these responsibilities are ours to shape and implement.

I want to thank the IAB Mobile Marketing Center, IAB’s Executive Vice President & General Counsel Mike Zaneis...

July 25, 2014

Meeting the Multi-Platform Challenge: Creating Transparency and Choice Tools for Users Wherever They Connect

The following post is another part of our DAA Summit 2014 coverage series.

Whether at home or in the car, or at play or at work, consumers are more connected than ever before. Between smartphones, e-readers, laptops and tablets, consumers are communicating, and accessing and sharing information, using multiple platforms and devices -- and they are doing it quickly and easily.

This new menu of options presents great opportunities for those in the digital advertising space, yet it also poses a challenge for online advertisers seeking to maximize their value to consumers while also allowing for transparency and choice.

This was the context for just one of the topics of discussion at our recent Digital Advertising Alliance annual summit: Innovation and consumer value by leveraging transparency and control in online advertising across screens. At a session titled, “Meeting the Multi-Platform Challenge: Creating Transparency and Choice Tools for Users Wherever They Connect,” a dynamic panel of experts including Chris Babel, chief executive officer with TRUSTe; James Lamberti, vice president & general manager with AdTruth, a part of Experian, and; Ho shin, general counsel with Millennial Media – tackled questions around how digital advertisers can continue to meet consumer’s...

July 22, 2014

Compliance and Enforcement: Keystones for Self-Regulation Effectiveness

This blog post is another in our continuing series of coverage from #DAASummit2014, held June 26 in San Francisco.

One of the remarks made by the Federal Trade Commission’s Jessica Rich, as she spoke during a keynote address at the Digital Advertising Alliance Summit,  was her ticking off a list of hallmarks for successful self-regulation. Independent enforcement, backed by the power to refer to a government agency when necessary, is one such hallmark.

It is gratifying to have not only the Council of Better Business Bureau as one of our two enforcement partners, along with the Direct Marketing Association’s Committee on Ethical Business Practice, but also to know that CBBB, and DMA as well, are held in esteem by government officials whose purpose is above all enforcement and the protection of consumers.

During the Summit, we were able to hear firsthand from both our enforcement partners. Peggy Hudson, senior vice president, government affairs, spoke first from DMA. “DMA’s Accountability Program is consumer complaint driven. DMA receives more than 16,000 communications from consumers each year about a whole host of marketing practices. Those communications and complaints are what drive our process – a consumer complaint is the starting point for every compliance or enforcement action that DMA takes.”

“The good news is digital advertisers are a...

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