Behavioral Advertising

On January 8, 2020, the Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) launched a consultation on its draft direct marketing code of practice (the “Draft Code”), as required by section 122 of the Data Protection Act 2018 (“DPA 18”). The Draft Code is open for public consultation until March 4, 2020.
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The UK Information Commissioner’s Office recently published an updated report on adtech, following a Fact Finding Forum held in March 2019 and consultation with industry players. The report focuses on whether and how organizations in the adtech sector can comply with the GDPR and the UK’s implementation of the e-Privacy Directive.
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On October 17, 2018, the French data protection authority published a press release, detailing the rules applicable to devices that collect personal data from users’ mobile phones (media access control address) for the purposes of measuring the advertising audience and traffic in shopping malls and other public areas.
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Vizio, Inc., a California-based company best known for its internet-connected televisions, agreed to a $17 million settlement that, if approved, will resolve multiple proposed consumer class actions consolidated in California federal court. The suits’ claims, which are limited to the period between February 1, 2014 and February 6, 2017, involve data-tracking software Vizio installed on its smart TVs.
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On July 12, 2018, two U.S. Senators sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission asking it to investigate the privacy policies and practices of smart TV manufacturers. The Senators cite the history of unique privacy concerns raised by companies tracking information about the content viewers watch on TV.
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On June 22, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission announced that it reached a settlement with a mobile advertising company, InMobi, to resolve charges that the company deceptively tracked hundreds of millions of consumers’ locations without their knowledge or consent. Among other requirements, the settlement orders the company to pay 950,000 dollars in civil penalties.
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On December 30, 2015, the Pew Research Center released a report on the results of a recent survey that asked 461 Americans about their feelings toward sharing personal information with companies.
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