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ANA Writes to ICANN CEO About Concerns Over His Comments on Strawman/LPRs

ANA has written a letter to ICANN CEO Fadi Cheahdé describing our concerns over recent comments he made about the so-called “Strawman” Proposal at a meeting of registries and registrars in Amsterdam on January 25.

FTC Finds POM Wonderful Made Unsupported Health Claims

The FTC recently upheld a decision that found that the makers of POM Wonderful pomegranate juice deceptively advertised their products and did not adequately substantiate claims that it treated or prevented a variety of medical conditions.

ANA Urges ICANN to Adopt Effective Mechanism for Limited Preventative Registrations (LPRs) as Part of New TLD Universe

ANA has urged the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers to adopt an effective mechanism for Limited Preventative Registrations (LPRs) as it considers proposals for enhancing trademark protection during the upcoming launch of new gTLDs.

ANA Joins Letter to California Attorney General on Recent Privacy Report

ANA and six other trade associations wrote to California Attorney General Kamala Harris today noting our concerns with recommendations made in a recent report on privacy in the mobile marketplace.

ANA Urges Supreme Court to Accept Appeal of Key Tobacco Advertising Case

ANA recently joined with the American Advertising Federation (AAF) and the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4As) to urge the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an appeal of a key First Amendment case challenging the advertising restrictions in the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009.

2012: A Historic Election With Yet Unknown Consequences

A summary of what to expect now that President Obama has been reelected over Republican candidate Mitt Romney, and with the Democrats making gains in the Congress, retaining the Senate but falling short of a majority in the House of Representatives.

Rockefeller Urges FTC to Push Do Not Track at W3C

Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), the Chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, has sent a letter to FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz, urging the FTC’s participation in the W3C “Do Not Track” discussions.

DAA Writes Open Letter to W3C on Do Not Track Standard

The Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA) sent a letter on October 2nd to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) urging it not to accept a standard for “Do Not Track.”

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.

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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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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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