January 27, 2010 — The coalition of associations comprised of the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A’s), Association of National Advertisers (ANA), Direct Marketing Association (DMA), Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), and the Council for Better Business Bureaus (BBB) (“Coalition”) that announced the Self-Regulatory Principles for Online Behavioral Advertising in July 2009 announced today the selection of the icon that will indicate adherence to the Principles.
The icon is the result of a collaborative effort between WPP and the Future of Privacy Forum (“FPF”) based on consumer research and testing. FPF, a think tank focused on advancing responsible data practices, worked with leading academics and coalition member companies to conduct consumer research to ensure the creative symbol and language successfully delivered on the goal of informing users about behavioral advertising practices.
Consumer research demonstrated the effectiveness of three phrases in communicating and disclosing key aspects of online behavioral advertising. The three phases are: ‘Why did I get this/these ad(s)?’, ‘Interest Based Ad(s)’, or ‘Ad Choice(s)’. In addition, the icon, depicted below, when used in conjunction with these phrases, is an effective symbol for communicating information relevant to online behavioral advertising.
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