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Marketing Community Wins Second Major Victory in U.S. Supreme Court

In the case of Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association, the Supreme Court has struck down a California law that restricted the sale or rental of violent video games to minors, holding that the law violates the First Amendment.

Marketing Community Wins Major Victory in U.S. Supreme Court Decision

The marketing community has won a major victory in a U.S. Supreme Court decision involving data mining.

New Generic Top Level Domains Will Launch January 12

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced on Monday that it has approved the plan for unlimited new gTLDs, and that ICANN will be taking applications from January 12 to April 12, 2012. What will this mean for your brands?

FTC to Update Guidance on Disclosures in Online Advertising

The staff of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is planning to update a publication entitled: “Dot Com Disclosures: Information About Online Advertising.”

Dan Jaffe statement at the Interagency Working Group on Food Marketed to Children Public Forum

Dan Jaffe, ANA’s Executive Vice President, Government Relations, gave an oral statement, posted below, at the Interagency Working Group on Food Marketed to Children Public Forum. The IWG, made up of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), released proposed guidelines on food marketing to children on April 28, 2011.

California Senate Committee Passes Broad Online Privacy Bill

The Judiciary Committee of the California State Senate on May 3rd passed SB761, legislation that would broadly regulate all online data collection and impose a “do not track” regulatory regime for online behavioral advertising.

Hearing Next Week on Do Not Track Bill in California State Senate

The Judiciary Committee of the California State Senate will hold a hearing on Tuesday, May 3rd at 1:30 pm on SB761, legislation to impose a “do not track” regulatory regime for online behavioral advertising.

Major Proposal from Interagency Working Group Calls for Voluntary Restrictions on Food Marketing to Children

The Interagency Working Group has released its recommendations for food marketing to children.

Privacy Bill Introduced in House by Congressman Cliff Stearns

Congressman Cliff Stearns (R-6/FL), the Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, introduced a comprehensive privacy bill on April 13.

Comprehensive Privacy Bill Introduced by Senators Kerry and McCain

Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and John McCain (R-AZ) have introduced a comprehensive privacy bill that would govern the collection, use and transfer of consumer information in both the online and offline world.

Do Not Track Bill Introduced in California State Legislature

Legislation to impose a “do not track” regulatory regime for online behavioral advertising has been introduced in the California State Senate.

ANA Files Brief with U.S. Supreme Court in Key Commercial Speech Case

ANA has filed a “friend of the court” brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in a key commercial speech case involving data mining.

ANA CEO Bob Liodice Responds to FTC’s David Vladeck on Do Not Track

David Vladeck, the Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, gave an important speech on Do Not Track issues on March 8. ANA President & CEO Bob Liodice responded to Director Vladeck on behalf of the Digital Advertising Alliance, which comprises the ANA and the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A’s), the American Advertising Federation (AAF), the Direct Marketing Association (DMA), and the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB).

ANA Argues that Self-Regulatory Program for Online Behavioral Advertising Will Best Protect Consumers and the Online Economy

ANA has joined with other industry groups in arguing that the new self-regulatory program for online behavioral advertising launched last fall will do the best job of protecting consumers and the vital online marketplace.

Online Privacy Issues Heating Up

There are several important new developments in the online privacy arena.

Children’s Marketing Bill Killed in Nebraska Legislature

The bill that would restrict the sale and marketing of certain kids meals with toys unless they meet specific nutrition standards has been killed in the Nebraska Legislature.

ANA Joins Comments with Department of Commerce on Privacy Report

On January 28, we joined with our association partners in filing comments with the Department of Commerce on its Internet Policy Task Force Privacy Green Paper.

ANA Opposes Food Marketing Bill in Nebraska

ANA has filed comments in opposition to legislation in the Nebraska Legislature that would impose serious restrictions on the sale and marketing of kids meals that include toys by restaurants and convenience stores.

Hearing February 1st on Food Marketing Bill in Nebraska

The Agriculture Committee of the Nebraska Legislature will hold a hearing on February 1st on the bill that would impose serious restrictions on the sale and marketing of kids meals by restaurants and convenience stores.

Nebraska Bill Would Restrict Marketing of Kids Meals

Legislation has been introduced in the Nebraska Legislature that would impose serious restrictions on the sale and marketing of kids meals by restaurants and convenience stores.

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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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