digital advertising

In a recent post, I discussed how a company could be liable for referencing a third-party’s unbiased endorsement if, unbeknownst to that company, the basis for the endorsement turned out to be unjustified.  In another advertising-related development last week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued new guidelines: How to Make Effective Disclosures in Digital Advertising

One key point the FTC makes in the new guidelines is that when a disclosure is necessary to ensure that an ad is not misleading or unfair, the disclosure must be clear and conspicuous.  Recognizing that this can be particularly challenging when ads are viewed on mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets and/or in the context of other emerging technologies, the FTC explains in detail how the following five circumstances affect the clarity and conspicuousness of disclosures when advertisements are viewed on non-traditional media:

  1. Proximity and Placement
  2. Prominence
  3. Distracting Factors in Ads
  4. Repetition
  5. Multimedia Messages and Campaigns

Although the entire publication is less than 25 pages of text (including a number of useful examples), you can review a nice summary of the new guidelines in a post in the Covington and Burling blog, Inside Privacy.  

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