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House Commerce Committee Examines Consumer Privacy Attitudes

Last Thursday, the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade of the House Energy & Commerce Committee held a hearing entitled “Understanding Consumer Attitudes About Privacy.”

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 Files Comments on Preliminary FTC Staff Privacy Report

The NAI today filed comments on the FTC Staff’s Preliminary Report, Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change: A Proposed Framework for Businesses and Policymakers. In its report, FTC Staff presented a proposed framework addressing commercial use of consumer data, and asked for comment to help guide further development and refinement of its proposal.

NAI Comments on Department of Commerce Green Paper

In December, the Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force issued a Green Paper for public comment: “Commercial Data Privacy and Innovation in the Internet Economy: A Dynamic Policy Framework.”

C-SPAN's "The Communicators" Series Tackles Online Privacy

This month C-SPAN’s "The Communicators" is featuring a series of interviews on online privacy and telecommunications policy. 

Last week, FTC Consumer Protection Director David Vladeck gave a regulator’s perspective on the key issues.

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.

Technical Specifications Established to Support Enhanced Consumer Notice

The NAI and IAB have released the CLEAR (Control Links for Education and Advertising Responsibly) Ad Notice Technical Specifications. Read the CLEAR Ad Notice Technical Specifications and the accompanyingrelease.

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