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Facebook to Sell Web Browsing Data to Advertisers

Jun 12, 2014 - The social network will also begin to tell advertisers what apps consumers have downloaded in an effort to better target users with personalized ads. Comments

Top Brands Now Testing Pinterest Promoted Pins

promoted-pin-kraft May 13, 2014 - After experimenting with one-off promotions, Pinterest is rolling out the next test of Promoted Pins with brands. Comments

FTC to Apple (and Mobile Community): Be Transparent

silver-apple-logo-apple-picture Jan 15, 2014 - Apple reached a settlement with the FTC today over a loophole that has allowed children to purchase unlimited virtual items in the Apple Store without parents' permission. The company will refund a minimum of $32.5 million to its consumers. Comments

How Much Does Transparency Matter in Native Advertising?

native-ads Jan 10, 2014 - As the New York Times jumps on the native ad gravy train, we wonder whether consumers care who writes the content. Comments

VIDEO: Big Spaceship's Michael Lebowitz on Native Advertising

lebowitz Dec 6, 2013 - Following the FTC's workshop on native advertising and the IAB's release of its "Playbook" on the same topic earlier this week, Michael Lebowitz, CEO of Big Spaceship shares his views. Comments

IAB Attempts To Set Industry Standards for Native Advertising

native-ads Dec 5, 2013 - As the FTC starts poking into native advertising, the IAB issued a pre-emptive strike to regulate its use and maybe limit damage to the industry Comments

FTC to Address 'Blurred Lines' of Native Advertising in December 4 Workshop

FTC Logo Dec 3, 2013 - The FTC will host a workshop tomorrow entitled “Blurred Lines: Advertising or Content?” to explore native advertising. Comments

Ads vs. Content - What Consumers Don't Know and What This Means for Brands

buzzfeed-flight-mode Jul 11, 2013 - If we've learned anything from the last 10 years, it's that we have to be more transparent with our efforts - especially when we know they're likely to work. Comments

FTC Updates Search Engine Ad Disclosure Guidelines

FTC Logo Jun 27, 2013 - The FTC has released new guidelines for the search engine industry and how it distinguishes between advertising and natural search results. Particularly, the FTC believes that it has become harder for consumers to recognize paid search results. Comments

Written Consent Required for SMS by October

textingsms Apr 17, 2013 - Now is the time to build your FTC/FCC/CTIA compliant program so you can deliver "instants of value" to your customers. Comments

FTC Acts on Privacy as Rogue Apps Proliferate

privacy-image Feb 1, 2013 - The FTC today said it had fined mobile social network Path $800,000 for violating the Childhood Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Comments

5 Reasons Search Marketers Should Watch the Regulatory Landscape

anonymous Feb 1, 2013 - The results of recent investigations into our industry will have a direct or indirect impact on our strategies and tactics. Comments

Making Tracks Visiting 'The Trackers'

privacy-image Jan 9, 2013 - A privacy lawyer's takeaways after meeting with 20 different companies engaged in online behavioral marketing. Comments

SEMPO Appeals to FTC for Updated Search Engine Disclosure Guidelines

sempo-logo Oct 18, 2012 - SEMPO has written the U.S. Federal Trade Commission in support of a review and revision of their 2002 guidelines for search engine disclosure of paid advertisements in search results. Comments

Note to FTC: Google Satisfies Information Needs Way More Than Shopping Needs

google-holograph-logo Sep 25, 2012 - Why shouldn't Google have a slice of the commercial pie? ClickZ and Search Engine Watch publisher Mike Grehan offers insights and observations on the FTC's investigation of Google. Comments

Markey Touts Mobile Privacy Act at Hearing on App Economy

edmarkey Sep 14, 2012 - The Mobile Device Privacy Act would create rules limiting consumer data tracking on smartphones. Comments

FTC Unveils Mobile App Marketing Guide

video-nielsen Sep 6, 2012 - One app marketer suggests developers may be more concerned with Apple's guidelines than with the Federal Trade Commission's. Comments

ReesesPuffs.com, HappyMeal.com Under Fire From Privacy Groups

reeses-puffs-privacy Aug 22, 2012 - A collective of advocacy organizations sent letters to the Federal Trade Commission today asking the agency to investigate several branded sites aimed at kids. Comments

FTC Finalizes Settlement With Facebook

Facebook home page Aug 10, 2012 - Social giant agrees to biennial privacy audits and explicit user consent for data sharing. Comments

Google Settles for $22.5M Fine in FTC Privacy Suit

ftc-logo-gif Aug 9, 2012 - The FTC said that the company would be paying a record fine in the Safari cookies case. Comments

Kids Privacy Rule Changes Satisfy Some Ad Industry Concerns

ftc-logo-gif Aug 1, 2012 - Proposed COPPA rule change by FTC would not apply to contextual ads. Comments

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