Legal

2019 to 2022: The Evolution of Consumer Consent & How Publishers Must Adapt
June 6, 2019 at 5:02 pm

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) laid the foundation for privacy legislation in 2018. One of its key aims was to give consumers more control over their personal information and make users understand they have a choice when it comes to providing consent to data collection and processing. In the US, initial responses to…

Five Key Media Tech Trends from January
February 1, 2019 at 9:04 am

It’s hard to believe but the first month of 2019 has already elapsed, and the media industry got off to a headline-making start across multiple sectors. Here, we look at some of the key media tech trends from January. 1. Regulation, regulation, regulation The calls for greater social media regulation grew louder in January, as…

Google Slapped with $56.8 Million Fine for GDPR Consent Violations
January 23, 2019 at 10:47 am

Google is now the recipient of the largest fine yet handed out under GDPR. The 50 million euro penalty ($56.8 million) was imposed because France’s data protection regulator (CNIL) said the company was not sufficiently transparent about the use of personal information and didn’t obtain specific consent for ad-targeting purposes. Penalty comes…

Parliament Seizes Cache of Facebook Internal Papers
November 26, 2018 at 12:33 pm

Parliament has used its legal powers to seize internal Facebook documents in an extraordinary attempt to hold the US social media giant to account after chief executive Mark Zuckerberg repeatedly refused to answer MPs’ questions. The cache of documents is alleged to contain significant revelations about Facebook decisions on data and privacy controls that led to the Cambridge…

Media Industry Ramps up Lobbying in its Fight to Survive
November 26, 2018 at 12:31 pm

Economic and regulatory hurdles are forcing every media, ad and tech company to reposition themselves in Washington. Why it matters: As a result, top media industry trade groups are in an intense battle over who will represent legacy brands, ad tech companies and direct-to-consumer upstarts. The back story: Once an…

Madison Avenue Ad-Buying Practices Under Federal Scrutiny (Report)
September 28, 2018 at 10:44 am

The opaque nature of media buying practices is under new scrutiny, with federal prosecutors in Manhattan believed to have opened an investigation into the matter, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal, and issuing subpoenas as part of their work. The investigation is examining agencies getting rebates…

Sources: NBC Threatened Ronan Farrow if He Kept Reporting on Harvey Weinstein
September 5, 2018 at 9:45 am

The producer who worked alongside Ronan Farrow at NBC News on his Harvey Weinstein investigation quit in protest earlier this month. Rich McHugh tendered his resignation on Friday, Aug. 17, a year to the day that the Weinstein story left with Farrow. Since then, Farrow has won a…