Regulatory Rumblings

The Continuing ICANN Geographical Names Debate: Public Interest or Governmental Politics?

Posted: Jul 28, 2016 9:00am ET

The Helsinki global meeting of ICANN has just concluded, and preparations are already underway for the meeting in Hyderabad in October. ICANN is still preparing for the transition of the technical functions of the organization (the “IANA Transition”), despite objections from U.S. Senators and other elected officials, led by Senator Cruz.


Upcoming FTC Workshop Examines Marketing Disclosures

Posted: Jul 22, 2016 10:30am ET

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will host a public workshop in Washington, DC on September 15, 2016 to examine the testing and evaluation of the disclosures that companies make to consumers to clarify advertising claims, privacy practices, and other similar information.


Senators Focus Spotlight on Bot Fraud Challenge

Posted: Jul 12, 2016 2:00pm ET

Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Mark Warner (D-VA) have written to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) asking questions about a serious challenge for our industry: bot fraud in digital advertising.


Chile’s New Advertising Restrictions Just the Tip of the Iceberg

Posted: Jul 8, 2016 10:00am ET

Food advertising issues are heating up again nationally and internationally. Recently, the government of Chile began implementation of restrictions on food and beverage advertising directed to children under the age of 14, new nutrition labelling measures, and a ban on the sales and advertising of ‘unhealthy’ food in schools.


FCC Wins Major Court Case, Gains Even More Regulatory Power

Posted: Jun 27, 2016 3:15pm ET

Earlier this month, in a 2-1 decision the DC Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Net Neutrality Open Internet Order. This decision has major implications for the advertising industry, but faces further significant challenges in the courts.



Posted: Jun 9, 2016 11:15am ET

Let the political games begin. Now that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are their parties’ presumptive standard bearers, everyone expects one of the most grueling, bitter and expensive campaign periods in U.S. history.


First Amendment Rights of Advertisers Threatened Yet Again

Posted: Jun 8, 2016 4:00pm ET

Yesterday, ANA sent a letter to Baltimore City Councilmembers in opposition to a new bill that would require health warnings on ads for certain sugar sweetened beverages. ANA believes this type of legislation violates the First Amendment by seizing space on advertisements to carry a compelled government message.


FCC Set-Top Box Proposal Generates Growing Congressional Concern

Posted: Jun 1, 2016 12:00pm ET

Last week, ANA filed comments on the proposal by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to open up the marketplace for navigation devices (i.e., set-top boxes) to third parties.


Fight against Mandated Disclosures Takes a Hit

Posted: May 18, 2016 10:00am ET

Ninth Circuit Court Judge Edward Chen has issued a decision in the American Beverage sugar-sweetened beverage case to deny preliminary injunctive relief. The case revolves around a San Francisco ordinance requiring a major health warning on ads for certain sugar sweetened beverages that would take up 20% of the ad space.


Congress Shows Concern over FCC’s Privacy Regulation Plan

Posted: May 12, 2016 2:00pm ET

The Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law took a proactive step in protecting businesses from overly restrictive government regulations by holding a hearing Wednesday to debate the merits of the Federal Communication Commission (FCC)’s newly proposed privacy rules.