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The Verge

Democrats unveil bill to ban online ‘surveillance advertising’

January 18, 2022

On Tuesday, Democrats introduced a new bill that would ban nearly all use of digital advertising targeting on ad markets hosted by platforms like Facebook, Google, and other data brokers.

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VICE

Lawmakers Plan Legislation to 'Ban Surveillance Advertising'

January 18, 2022

Lawmakers have proposed new legislation that they say would ban surveillance-based advertising. The legislation would target the underlying practice of targeted or personalized ads that facilitates surveillance-based advertising itself.

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Daily Dot

Democrats propose bill to ban surveillance advertising

January 18, 2022

A trio of Democrats in Congress announced new legislation on Tuesday aimed at banning what has been described as “surveillance advertising.”...The legislation comes just months after the advocacy group Accountable Tech petitioned the FTC to begin cracking down on surveillance advertising. The group cited an executive order signed by President Joe Biden in July that urged the FTC to investigate “unfair data collection and surveillance practices.”

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Euractiv

Washington proposes ban on targeted ads

January 18, 2022

Three US lawmakers on Tuesday tabled the Banning Surveillance Advertising Act, a proposal aimed at banning the use of personal data for targeted advertising. The legislation would effectively ban advertisers from using personal data other than broad location targeting. It would still allow for contextual advertising based on the type of content with which the user is interacting.

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ZDNet

Democrats propose a law to ban "surveillance advertising"

January 18, 2022

Three Democratic members of Congress on Tuesday introduced new legislation to ban "surveillance advertising" -- the use of personal data for targeted advertising. The Banning Surveillance Advertising Act would upend business for Facebook, Google DoubleClick and other companies that facilitate personalized advertising.

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Law 360

Dems Unveil Bill Banning Surveillance Advertising

January 18, 2022

Democratic lawmakers released a new bill Tuesday to ban the use of personal data for targeted advertising, seeking to create multiple enforcement mechanisms to end the use of "surveillance advertising" online.

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Tech Crunch

New privacy bill would put major limits on targeted advertising

January 18, 2022

A new bill seeks to dramatically reshape the online advertising landscape to the detriment of companies like Facebook, Google and data brokers that leverage deep stores of personal information to make money from targeted ads. The bill, the Banning Surveillance Advertising Act, introduced by Reps. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) in the House and Cory Booker (D-NJ) in the Senate, would dramatically limit the ways that tech companies serve ads to their users, banning the use of personal data altogether.

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Media Post

New Bill Would Outlaw Most Forms Of Behavioral Targeting

January 18, 2022

"The 'surveillance advertising' business model is premised on the unseemly collection and hoarding of personal data to enable ad targeting," Rep. Anna Eshoo stated Tuesday.

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Digiday

When the White House Invoked the S-Word, it Gave New Legitimacy to ‘Surveillance’ Advertising

July 20, 2021

The s-word is slowly seeping into government parlance as a way to illustrate the effects of data collection as the source of revenue for digital businesses. When Rep. Anna Eshoo, a Democrat representing the Silicon Valley region, admonished the CEOs of Facebook, Google and Twitter during a March congressional hearing on disinformation, she said she planned to introduce “a bill that is going to ban this business model of surveillance advertising.” She didn’t provide any more detail on the bill and has yet to introduce it.

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Politico

Pro-Privacy Companies Join Transatlantic Push to Ban Targeted Ads

July 7, 2021

Leaders of 14 privacy-oriented businesses, including the companies behind web browser Vivaldi, encrypted email service ProtonMail and search engine DuckDuckGo, are joining more than 50 transatlantic civil society groups in calling for a ban on surveillance-based advertising and urging the U.S. to enact federal privacy legislation.

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Tech Crunch

International Coalition Joins the Call to Ban ‘Surveillance Advertising’

June 23, 2021

An international coalition of consumer protection, digital and civil rights organizations and data protection experts has added its voice to growing calls for a ban on what’s been billed as “surveillance-based advertising”.

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The Drum

Understanding Apple iOS 15’s ‘Private Relay,’ ‘Hide My Email’ & Other Privacy Updates

June 9, 2021

In many circles, the targeted ads debate has moved from opt in or out to serious debate over banning ‘surveillance advertising’. Those who see a role for responsible uses of data for marketing should recognize the major efforts needed to respond to concerns.

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The Markup

How Big Pharma Finds Sick Users on Facebook

May 6, 2021

Though Facebook does not offer advertisers categories that explicitly identify people’s health conditions, The Markup identified dozens of ads for prescription pharmaceuticals targeted at people with “interests” in topics like “bourbon,” “oxygen,” and “Diabetes mellitus awareness.”

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Press Release

Coalition Launches ‘Opt Out’ Campaign as Apple Updates Tracking Policies

April 19, 2021

In advance of Apple’s software update requiring apps to ask users for permission to track their behavior across other apps and websites, the Ban Surveillance Advertising coalition is launching a grassroots education and mobilization campaign urging consumers to opt out of this immoral practice.

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ProPublica

“I Felt Hate More Than Anything”: How an Active Duty Airman Tried to Start a Civil War

April 13, 2021

Prosecutors allege, he bought a $15 device that converts AR-15 semiautomatic rifles into fully automatic machine guns, making the purchase through a website that advertised to Boogaloo Facebook groups and promised to donate some of its profits to the family of Duncan Lemp, who became a Boogaloo martyr after he was killed in a police raid.

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Buzzfeed

Despite Ban, Facebook Continued To Label People As Interested In Militias For Advertisers

April 7, 2021

For months after it banned violent extremist groups, Facebook's advertising preference system, which lets advertisers deliver targeted ads, continued to identify and categorize some people as interested in militias.

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Media Post

Lawmakers Ready Bill To Ban 'Surveillance Advertising'

March 25, 2021

Democratic lawmakers are readying a bill to ban “surveillance advertising,” Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-California) said Thursday at a House hearing. “Your algorithms use unseemly amounts of data to keep users on your platform, because that leads to more ad revenue,” Eshoo told Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the hearing, “Disinformation Nation: Social Media's Role in Promoting Extremism and Disinformation.”

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The American Prospect

The Growing Movement to End the Surveillance Economy

March 24, 2021

Thirty-eight different advocacy organizations have come together to Ban Surveillance Advertising. They argue that as long as social media platforms profit from collecting more user data—so they can use it to target ads—then they will do whatever possible to hook and keep users on their sites, amplifying “echo chambers, radicalization, and viral lies.”

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WIRED

This Group Wants to ‘Ban Surveillance Advertising’

March 22, 2021

When the CEOs of Facebook, Twitter, and Google testify later this week at a House hearing, a number of familiar policy reforms will be on the table. Antitrust. Section 230. Privacy legislation. A new campaign wants to add another bold idea into the mix: “Ban Surveillance Advertising.”

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Tech Crunch

US Privacy, Consumer, Competition and Civil Rights Groups Urge Ban on ‘Surveillance Advertising’

March 22, 2021

Ahead of another big tech vs Congress ‘grab your popcorn’ grilling session, scheduled for March 25 — when US lawmakers will once again question the CEOs of Facebook, Google and Twitter on the unlovely topic of misinformation — a coalition of organizations across the privacy, antitrust, consumer protection and civil rights spaces has called for a ban on “surveillance advertising”, further amplifying the argument that “big tech’s toxic business model is undermining democracy”.

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NBC News

Big Tech’s Critics Have Organized for Years. Now, Some Are Speaking With One Voice

March 22, 2021

Dozens of progressive groups said Monday they were banding together in a new coalition to counter the influence of Big Tech — and they will first aim at the targeted advertising that’s the lifeblood of Facebook and Google.

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The Hill

New Coalition Launches Against 'Surveillance Advertising'

March 22, 2021

Thirty-plus privacy, consumer and anti-monopoly groups are coming together to stop big tech platforms from tracking and categorizing individuals for the purpose of narrowly targeting advertising.

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B&T

Over 4,000 Brands Bought Programmatic Ads on COVID-19 Misinformation Websites

February 19, 2021

NewsGuard reported that in most cases, the advertisements were likely inadvertent, placed by algorithms on programmatic ad-buying platforms like Google’s DV360 rather than intentionally by the brands involved... NewsGuard said the data demonstrate the vast scale at which programmatic advertising supports the online misinformation ecosystem.

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The Verge

Facebook Employee Warned it Used ‘Deeply Wrong’ Ad Metrics to Boost Revenue

February 18, 2021

The lawsuit claims that Facebook knowingly overestimated its 'potential reach' metric for advertisers, largely by failing to correct for fake and duplicate accounts. The filing states that Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg acknowledged problems with the metric in 2017, and product manager Yaron Fidler proposed a fix that would correct the numbers. But the company allegedly refused to make the changes, arguing that it would produce a 'significant' impact on revenue.

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The New York Times

Investors Push Home Depot and Omnicom to Steer Ads From Misinformation

January 18, 2021

Shareholders in Home Depot and the advertising giant Omnicom have filed resolutions asking the companies to investigate whether the money they spent on advertisements may have helped spread hate speech and misinformation.

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BuzzFeed

Facebook Has Been Showing Military Gear Ads Next To Insurrection Posts

January 12, 2021

‘Facebook has spent years facilitating fringe voices who use the platform to organize and amplify calls for violence,’ said TTP Director Katie Paul. ‘As if that weren't enough, Facebook's advertising microtargeting is directing domestic extremists toward weapons accessories and armor that can make their militarized efforts more effective, all while Facebook profits.’

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