Supporting new European data regulation

Dr Johnny Ryan GDPR

Unusually for an ad-tech company, PageFair supports the proposed ePrivacy Regulation. Here is why.
Additional note (11 May 2017): our position concerns the proposal’s impact on online behavioural advertising (OBA). Though there are kinks to work out, as we note in our recent statement to Parliament representatives, we strongly endorse the proposal’s broad approach to OBA.  The European Commission has proposed new rules for ePrivacy, which will supplement the GDPR.[1] Unlike colleagues in other digital advertising companies, PageFair commends the proposed privacy protections for online advertising.
Access the GDPR/ePR repositoryA repository of GDPR and ePrivacy Regulation explainers, official docs, and current status.Access Now PageFair has taken this position for two reasons. First, personal data are not required for online advertising.  The online advertising system can deliver relevant ads without the need to use personal data, or third party cookies that collect personal data.…

Scott Cunningham, IAB TechLab founder, on advertising in crisis (interview podcast) 

Dr Johnny Ryan Adblocking

In 2015 Scott Cunningham, the founder of IAB TechLab, told world “we messed up” on behalf of the advertising industry. His was the first major industry mea culpa that began a shift toward addressing user problems with advertising on the web. When we spoke last week I challenged him about the IAB’s DEAL strategy on adblocking, which he devised, and which may lean too far toward recommending that all publishers restrict access to users. His response is worth reading, and makes clear that DEAL is not an all or nothing approach. Only a small number of publishers with very exclusive content may be able to sustain a strategy that blocks adblock users from visiting their content. Most can not. Scott shared the background to the IAB’s LEAN principles for more respectful, subdued advertising formats.…

Why the GDPR ‘legitimate interest’ provision will not save you

Dr Johnny Ryan GDPR

The “legitimate interest” provision in the GDPR will not save behavioral advertising and data brokers from the challenge of obtaining consent for personally identifiable data. As previous PageFair analysis illustrates, personally identifiable data (PII) will become toxic except where it has been obtained and used with consent once the General Data Protection Regulation is applied in May 2018. Even so, many advertising intermediaries believe that they can continue to use PII data without consent because of an apparent carve-out related to “legitimate interest” contained in the GDPR. This is a false hope.

Europe’s new privacy regime will disrupt the adtech Lumascape

Dr Johnny Ryan GDPR

In a year and a half, new European rules on the use of personal information will disrupt advertising and media across the globe. Here are the three biggest impacts.  Since 1996 when cookies were first repurposed to track users around the Web there has been an assumption that gathering and trading users' personal information is the essence of advertising online. This is about to change.