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FTC Releases Revised "Green Guides"

The FTC has issued its revisions to the “Green Guides” for environmental marketing claims.

ANA Urges Department of Commerce to Push For Do Not Sell Registry for Second-Level Domains

The Association of National Advertisers (ANA) has urged the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) to work within the Internet stakeholder processes of ICANN to advocate for a Do Not Sell registry at the upcoming ICANN Board meeting next month in Toronto.

ANA and DMA File Comments with FTC on COPPA Rule

ANA and the Direct Marketing Association (DMA) have filed comments with the Federal Trade Commission on its proposal to amend the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule.

2013 Continuing Resolution Blocks IWG Advertising Guidelines

The continuing resolution recently passed by Congress to fund the government through March 2013 contains a provision that prevents the Interagency Working Group (IWG) on Food Marketed to Children from issuing its guidelines on advertising to children unless it first conducts a cost/benefit analysis.

Congressman Markey Introduces Mobile Privacy Act

Congressman Ed Markey (D-MA), the co-Chair of the Congressional Privacy Caucus, has introduced legislation that would require companies to disclose to consumers the capability to monitor telephone usage and to obtain express consent from consumers prior to monitoring.

FTC Issues Guidance for Mobile Apps

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued a new guide to assist mobile application developers to observe truth-in-advertising and basic privacy principles when marketing new mobile applications.

Federal Court Vacates FDA’s Graphic Warnings Rule For Tobacco Products and Advertising

In a 2-1 decision in RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company v. FDA announced on August 24th, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacated the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Rule requiring graphic new warnings on all tobacco products and advertising.

Tobacco Regulations Struck Down by Federal Appeals Court

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently struck down new regulations issued by New York City that required graphic images at stores selling tobacco products.

ANA's CEO Testifies on Industry Self-Regulatory Efforts for Behavioral Advertising

ANA’s CEO Bob Liodice testified before the Senate Commerce Committee on the advertising industry’s self-regulatory program for online behavioral advertising.

Ad Groups Oppose Advertising Ban in Education Funding Bill

The Advertising Coalition (TAC), of which ANA is a founding member, has urged the United States Senate to oppose a provision that would prohibit colleges and universities which receive federal education funding from spending those federal dollars on any marketing or advertising for their programs.

FTC Pom Wonderful Decision Has Implications for Health Claims in Ads

An Administrative Law Judge has handed down a decision in an FTC case challenging health claims made in advertisements for Pom Wonderful pomegranate products.

ANA Calls on ICANN to Explain Rejection of Defensive Registration Proposals for the Top Level Domain Name Expansion Program

The Association of National Advertisers (ANA) has called on ICANN to provide a clear and complete analysis and review of its decision to summarily reject the proposal for a “Do Not Sell” registry.

ANA, 4A's Release Statement of Best Practices Addressing Online Piracy and Counterfeiting

ANA and the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4As) have released a Statement of Best Practices designed to address online piracy and counterfeiting.

ANA Calls for Independent Investigation of ICANN System Vulnerability

ANA has called on the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to engage an independent third-party IT expert or experts to conduct a comprehensive investigation of its recent system vulnerability.

FDA Releases Draft Guidance for DTC Prescription Drug TV Ads

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released draft guidance on direct-to-consumer television advertisements.

DOC Rejects ICANN Bid for IANA Function Oversight, Cancels RFP and Extends Current Agreement for Short 6-Month Period

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the division of the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) that oversees operation of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), has rejected ICANN's bid to continue overseeing the IANA functions of the Internet, instead extending ICANN's current contract for a short six-month period. Simultaneously, NTIA stated, "we are cancelling this RFP because we received no proposals that met the requirements requested by the global community."

ANA and CRIDO Urge ICANN to Adopt “Do Not Sell” Registry to Address Challenges With “Defensive Registrations” in Top Level Domain Name Expansion Program

In a filing yesterday with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), ANA and the Coalition for Responsible Domain Oversight (CRIDO) have urged ICANN to adopt a “Do Not Sell” registry or some similar approach to address the serious concerns Internet stakeholders have about the need for “defensive registrations” to protect their brands in the TLD expansion program.

ICANN Seeks Comment on Defensive Applications

ICANN has announced that it is seeking comment on defensive applications for new gTLDs.

ANA Proposes Constructive Way to Resolve Concerns About ICANN's Top-Level Domain Expansion Program

The Association of National Advertisers (ANA), the leader of the 160-member Coalition for Responsible Internet Domain Oversight (CRIDO), today praised two Congressmen, Bob Goodlatte, Chairman, House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet, and Howard Berman, Ranking Member, House Committee on Foreign Affairs, for sending an unequivocal letter to John Bryson, Secretary, Department of Commerce. The Goodlatte-Berman letter urges the DOC to take all steps necessary to encourage ICANN to undertake further evaluation and review before expanding the number of generic top-level domains (gTLDs) under ICANN's plan, set to begin January 12, 2012.

ANA Applauds Representatives Goodlatte and Berman for Urging Department of Commerce to Halt ICANN Domain Expansion Plan

The Association of National Advertisers (ANA), the leader of the 160-member Coalition for Responsible Internet Domain Oversight (CRIDO), today praised two Congressmen, Bob Goodlatte, Chairman, House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet, and Howard Berman, Ranking Member, House Committee on Foreign Affairs, for sending an unequivocal letter to John Bryson, Secretary, Department of Commerce. The Goodlatte-Berman letter urges the DOC to take all steps necessary to encourage ICANN to undertake further evaluation and review before expanding the number of generic top-level domains (gTLDs) under ICANN's plan, set to begin January 12, 2012.

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Legislative and Regulatory Issues Tracking

ANA's Washington, DC office works to protect the ability of all marketers to communicate effectively with consumers.   The scope of legislation, regulations, and court cases impacting the marketing community continues to be extremely broad, extending to issues as diverse as online privacy, prescription drug advertising, restrictions on the tax deductibility of advertising costs and the regulatory powers of the Federal Trade Commission.

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Compendium of Legislative, Regulatory and Legal Issues

ANA's Washington, DC office plays a leading role in protecting the ability of all marketers to communicate effectively with consumers. At the end of each year, we prepare a Compendium which describes our efforts on the broad range of issues we have faced. 

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Alliance for Family Entertainment

The ANA Alliance for Family Entertainment (AFE) is a coalition of national advertisers, supported by the ANA, which represents almost 40% of all U.S. television advertising dollars..

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SAG/AFTRA

ANA and the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A’s) conduct broadcast talent negotiations with the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) through the Joint Policy Committee, or JPC.

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