Regulatory Rumblings

E.U. Forces American Companies to Play By Its Rules

Posted: Jan 28, 2016 4:15pm ET

It is no mystery that European Union scrutiny of American companies’ business practices has been increasing over the last year. From the way companies pay taxes to how they display information about individuals online, it seems nothing is escaping the watchful eyes of European regulators.


FTC PrivacyCon Targets Advertising

Posted: Jan 15, 2016 1:45pm ET

Yesterday the FTC held its PrivacyCon event, which brought together researchers and academics to discuss the latest trends related to consumer privacy and data security.


Tax Issues Impacting Advertising in 2016

Posted: Jan 14, 2016 12:00pm ET

The President in the State of the Union message failed to place any emphasis on tax reform. Without a major push from the White House and the Executive Branch, which is now unlikely, there is little chance for major tax reform legislation in 2016. Nevertheless, tax issues will continue to be given significant focus this year.


2016 Starting Off with a Regulatory Bang

Posted: Jan 8, 2016 11:00am ET

We are only eight days into 2016, but there are already early signals that U.S. regulatory agencies are planning for more action this year.


EU Takes Aim at Privacy Rules

Posted: Dec 18, 2015 11:20am ET

The explosive growth of the “digital age” has been fueled and funded by advertising’s major support, which continues to serve as the economic foundation of the Internet and mobile media.


Major News in the Fight against Online Piracy

Posted: Dec 9, 2015 9:00am ET

Yesterday, the Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG) announced that many of the world’s largest brand advertisers and agencies have pledged to require their ad partners to take commercially reasonable steps to help fight the $2.4 billion lost to pirate sites each year.


Major First Amendment Victory, Serious Constitutional Challenges Remain

Posted: Dec 3, 2015 9:30am ET

Tuesday night, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to repeal an ordinance prohibiting the advertisement of soda on public property. The ordinance, which we discussed in a blog post in July, threatened First Amendment rights by ignoring free speech precedents set by the U.S. Supreme Court.


ICANN 54 Meeting in Dublin: Next Steps

Posted: Nov 30, 2015 9:00am ET

In late October, ICANN once again convened its global meeting, this time in Dublin. As usual, there was no consensus on the way forward.


AMA’s Proposal on Prescription Drug Advertising is Wrong and Misguided

Posted: Nov 19, 2015 9:00am ET

In a surprise vote on Tuesday at the Interim Meeting of the American Medical Association (AMA), the physician group adopted a policy aimed at banning direct-to-consumer (DTC) pharmaceutical advertising. The group will now begin lobbying Congress for a ban on these ads.


Advertising’s Key Role

Posted: Nov 16, 2015 3:45pm ET

A new report released today examines advertising’s contribution to U.S. GDP and the economy in general. The report found that advertising contributed an astounding $3.4 trillion to the U.S. GDP in 2014, comprising 19 percent of the nation’s total economic output. This is roughly equal to the total GDP of Germany.