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Consumer Privacy

As legislators and regulators in Congress and the states continue to address privacy concerns in a fragmented fashion, agencies are often left with questions as to what exactly they are being asked to do, and how exactly they should go about accomplishing it.  Privacy can be an amorphous topic to wrap your head around, so we’re here to help.

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Consumer Privacy
Diversity/BIPOC

For decades, we have been deeply committed to diversity, equity and inclusion within the advertising industry. We hear and see our Black colleagues and stand up as anti-racist. It is up to all of us to continue to play a role in dismantling the racial issues in our country and we call on all of our members to continue to do the work that will drive change.

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Diversity/BIPOC
Programmatic

As programmatic media evolves, our thinking must evolve with it.  As buyers and sellers continue to push the boundaries of what’s possible, agencies need advice and guidance from a trusted source.  The 4A’s is here to help.

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Programmatic
Brand Safety & Suitability

With technology providing numerous options for consumer access to content, we collectively have the responsibility to safeguard consumers and the brands we work with to ensure balanced environments where brands and consumers can coexist with trust.

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Brand Safety & Suitability

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Google Advertiser Identity Verification Program (AIVP) FAQs |

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4A’s Responds to Nielsen’s Revised TV Ratings Methodology

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As has been recently reported, Nielsen has announced its intention to combine national in-home and out-of-home TV viewership into a single data stream, for use in calculating ratings and inventory pricing at the start of the 2020-21 broadcast TV season. Both C3 and C7 ratings will be affected. This will take information previously available as […]

4A’s Advertiser Protection Bureau Publishes Cross-Industry Call to Action on Brand Suitability

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Revised IAB Taxonomy

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  Concurrent with the APB’s Call to Action, the 4A’s produced and hosted an updated version of the IAB Tech Lab’s Contextual Taxonomy 2.0, mapped against the APB’s Brand Suitability Framework. In accordance with the Framework, content is categorized as follows: High Risk Tolerance: The direct depiction or glamorization of content presented in an insensitive […]

“Creativity can flourish amid chaos,” says 4A’s Kaplowitz

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In this interview with Beet.TV—conducted, naturally, via Zoom—Marla Kaplowitz, President & CEO of the 4A’s, says the creative agencies are pivoting quickly during the crisis, scrapping advertising that is out of step with social distancing and other realities of the pandemic. This shift is fostering a period of creativity, Kaplowitz says, where taped productions are […]

4A’s APB Releases Brand Safety Playbook OTT/CTV Guidance

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For many of us we know that words matter – at their best they can inspire better actions, and at their worst they can cause harm and incite violence. For this reason we are asking all members effective immediately to cease the use of loaded terms used by the industry blacklist and whitelist. While we assume […]

Privacy for America: Principles For Privacy Legislation Dec 2019

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Read the full Privacy for America breakdown here: Principles For Privacy Legislation Dec 2019 Introduction Privacy for America has developed a new framework for nationwide privacy legislation that would fundamentally change the way personal data is protected and secured in this country. This framework is intended to provide a new option to policy makers for […]

International Center for Law & Economics Comments on CCPA

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The 4A’s and The 614 Group Release Report: The Future of Programmatic and Automation

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The Future of Programmatic and Automation |

“The Future of Programmatic and Automation” report, based on a research initiative commissioned by The 4A’s and conducted by The 614 Group, shows that a lack of automation hinders the future of programmatic. The report is based on extensive one-on-one interviews and survey responses from representatives of agencies, marketers, publishers, and platforms. Find more details […]

Facebook’s Structure For Success Webinar for 4A’s Media Agencies |

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