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NAI Releases Results of 2011 Compliance Review

Today, the NAI released its 2011 Annual Compliance Report, the third annual report published under the 2008 NAI Code of Conduct. The results of our 2011 annual review are encouraging. Overall, our member companies continue to meet the obligations of the NAI Code and to adopt best practices even where not required by the Code. Here, we summarize a few key findings:

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.”

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.”

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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