Government Relations News
The omnibus appropriations bill passed by Congress and signed on Friday, March 13 by the President is accompanied by an explanatory statement calling for a working group of four government agencies to study whether standards are needed for marketing of foods and beverages to children under 17.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in a Notice of Inquiry regarding a report it must submit to Congress by August on content blocking technologies, has asked for input on whether commercials should be included under the TV ratings program.
The advertising community may be facing another ad tax battle in the Florida Legislature. The House Finance and Tax Council will be holding a series of meetings to discuss the possible repeal of a number of current sales tax exemptions.
ANA, AAAA and AAF submit a detailed letter in opposition to H.R. 1256, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.
ANA has filed two comments with the Federal Trade Commission regarding its revisions to the endorsement and testimonial guidelines.
Update on ad tax proposals in South Dakota and New York.
A bill has been introduced in the South Dakota House of Representatives that would impose a 4% gross receipts tax on all advertising services in all media in the state.
The FTC has issued a staff report revising its self-regulatory principles for online behavioral advertising.
Ad Industry Committed to Strong Self-Regulation and Development of Privacy Guides for Online Behavioral Advertising
Four leading marketing and advertising industry associations stated their continuing commitment to work together to develop a cross sector set of privacy principles for online behavioral advertising in order to respond to the challenge issued today by the Federal Trade Commission for comprehensive industry self regulation.
Last November, the Federal Trade Commission released a Federal Register notice detailing the changes that it plans to make to its guidelines for the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising. The FTC recently extended the comment period to March 2, 2009. We are planning to file comments and need our members' assistance to effectively respond.
ANA has sent a letter to the leadership of the Senate and House of Representatives and to the chairs and ranking members of the relevant committees urging Congress to pass legislation to delay the digital transition.
The U.S. House of Representatives has failed to adopt a Senate bill to delay the DTV transition by four months, from February 17 to June 12.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has provided an update on their proposal to greatly expand the availability of generic "top level domain names" or "gTLDs." (.com,.org,.net, etc.)
Key Advertising Groups to Develop Privacy Guidelines for Online Behavioral Advertising Data Use and Collection
Four leading marketing and advertising industry associations today announced that they are working together to develop enhanced self-regulatory principles for online behavioral advertising in order to address privacy concerns and to increase consumers' trust and confidence in how online information is gathered and used.
Children's Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative Promotes Nutritious Choices and Healthier Lifestyles to Kids
The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) today sent a letter to Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) William E. Kovacic as follow-up to the Georgetown Economic Services ("GES") September 22, 2008 report on advertising food and beverages to children, "Food, Beverage and Restaurant Advertising in 2007 - Children's Impressions and Expenditures on Children's Programs".
ANA has filed comments with the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) regarding its proposal to increase dramatically the number of generic top level domains that are available to the public.
The Federal Trade Commission has released a Federal Register notice detailing the changes that it plans to make to its guidelines for the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising.
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ANA and other industry groups have urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reject proposals for onerous new time restrictions or disclosure rules on product placement in television programming.
The change in leadership at the House Energy and Commerce Committee poses new challenges for the advertising industry.