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Looking Back and Moving Forward – My Thoughts After Six Months at NAI

After six months serving as NAI Executive Director, I am proud and inspired by who we are, what we’ve accomplished and where we are headed.  I hope you find yourself similarly inspired and thank you for the collaborative work we’ve done together to achieve these goals.

Why NAI Cannot Support DNT On-by-Default

Media coverage related to Microsoft’s recently expressed intent to implement Internet Explorer 10’s ‘Do Not Track’ (DNT) function by default in its next release has compelled thoughtful responses from many stakeholders in the digital advertising and publishing ecosystem and NAI member inquiries.

Moving the Goal Posts Without Changing the Rule Book

Earlier this week a Stanford graduate student posted a blog entry announcing “preliminary findings from experimental software” about how companies participating in the Network Advertising Initiative (NAI) handle opt outs to online behavioral advertising.

Unfortunately, these preliminary findings confuse the important distinction between longstanding “Do Not Target” choices offered by online advertisers, and new browser technologies that offer users the promise of not being “tracked.”

Turning a large ship

Adopting new best practices in a large industry like online advertising can seem a little like turning a large ship. At first, to the outside observer, it may not seem like much is happening, as the changes start slowly and the ship has its existing momentum to overcome. As the ship continues to turn, however, the new course becomes clear, and it can accelerate with ever-increasing momentum.

Measuring A Glass As It Fills Up

study released yesterday by several privacy researchers outlines the authors’ efforts to assess the notice and compliance requirements implemented by the NAI and Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA) as part of our respective self-regulatory programs. The study makes a number of assertions at the margins to which we take exception, in particular the claim that some NAI members are not providing sufficient notice about their collection and retention practices for online behavioral advertising.

NAI Comments on Department of Commerce Internet Inquiry

The Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force recently initiated a comprehensive review of the nexus between privacy and innovation in the Internet economy, seeking public comment from all Internet stakeholders. The Department intends to analyze the comments received and then issue a report that will contribute to the Administration’s domestic policy and international engagement in the area of Internet commerce.

Study finds behaviorally targeted ads more than twice as valuable and effective as non-targeted online ads

Today the NAI is releasing a first-of-its-kind study about the economic value of behavioral advertising.   The study was conducted by former FTC Consumer Protection Bureau Chief Howard Beales, based on data from twelve NAI members with total ad revenue of $3.32 billion in 2009. Read the study and the NAI’s accompanying press release.

NAI files FTC comments on self-regulatory accountability

For its third town hall on online privacy issues, the FTC asked for comment from the online advertising industry and other interested parties on how we could achieve accountability for best practices or standards for commercial handling of data.  The NAI filed comments on that issue last week that we thought might be of interest. NAIFTCThirdRoundtableComments

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