What We're Reading 11-14-11

What We're Reading

Excite News:  Judge blocks graphic images on cigarette packages

A judge on Monday blocked a federal requirement that would have begun forcing tobacco companies next year to put graphic images including dead and diseased smokers on their cigarette packages.


Broadcasting & Cable:  Advertisers Modify Online Data Collection Self-Regs

DAA says newly codified set of principles reflect FTC's recommendations on boosting data privacy protections

The Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA) has announced a new and newly codified set of online data collection principles it says expand "significantly" on its current self-regulatory guidelines for online data collection.


FTC.gov:  Online Advertiser Settles FTC Charges ScanScout Deceptively Used Flash Cookies to Track Consumers Online

Online advertiser ScanScout has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceptively claimed that consumers could opt out of receiving targeted ads by changing their computer’s web browser settings to block cookies. In fact, ScanScout used Flash cookies, which browser settings could not block. The proposed settlement bars misrepresentations about the company’s data-collection practices and consumers’ ability to control collection of their data. It also requires that ScanScout take steps to improve disclosure of their data collection practices and to provide a user-friendly mechanism that allows consumers to opt out of being tracked.


The Hill:  New coalition forms to fight Web domain-name plan

Eighty-seven companies and business associations announced on Thursday that they have formed a coalition to fight a plan that would allow for new domain addresses.


NY Times:  E.U. to Tighten Web Privacy Law, Risking Trans-Atlantic Dispute

The European Commission is planning a legal change next year that may prompt U.S. Web giants like Google and Facebook to rethink how they store and process consumer data, raising the prospect of a trans-Atlantic dispute over Internet privacy.

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