Regulatory Rumblings

The Increasing EU Privacy Squeeze

Posted: Feb 29, 2016 9:30am ET

Negotiators from the United States and the European Union recently reached an agreement on the new Privacy Shield data transfer pact. This agreement replaced the previously invalidated Safe Harbor agreement between the two continents.


The FCC and Internet Privacy

Posted: Feb 23, 2016 3:00pm ET

Sixty privacy and consumer advocates recently urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to become a “brawnier cop on the beat” under its Open Internet “net neutrality” Order. That Order is currently subject to strong legal challenge, with a decision widely expected this spring.


Another Misguided Attack on Prescription Drug Advertising

Posted: Feb 18, 2016 1:00pm ET

Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) has joined the chorus of misguided attacks on direct-to-consumer (DTC) pharmaceutical advertising. Last week she introduced the “Responsibility in Drug Advertising Act,” (H.R.4565), which would restrict DTC advertising of a new drug in the first three years after the drug’s approval.


11th Hour US-EU Deal Protects Online Advertising Industry, But Storm Clouds Ahead

Posted: Feb 5, 2016 2:30pm ET

In a last minute major push to maintain the ability for companies to transfer consumer data between the European Union and the United States, negotiators from both continents finally have come to an agreement – the new “EU-US Privacy Shield.”


On the Road to Morocco

Posted: Feb 4, 2016 9:15am ET

Before the ICANN CEO, Fadi Chehade, leaves ICANN at the end of March, he will preside over his last ICANN meeting in Marrakesh, Morocco starting in early March. The twin projects of Accountability and Transition still loom large, but now the details need to be finalized in order to meet the current timeline.


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.