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Ops 2018: Is Everything Different Now?

This year's Ops showed us there are some big ways is seems like "everything is different now" in digital media, including GDPR, data partnerships, and Facebook's role. But that means there are a lot of new strategies for digital media people to plot out. Brian LaRue tells us about what…

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Don’t Scapegoat Publishers for GDPR’s Opacity

The deadline for GDPR compliance is looming, and the trades continue to chide publishers for not being prepared enough. But considering the interpretation of the regulation has continually changed—and now Google has limited the number of ad tech vendors pubs can list in its consent management tool—Brian LaRue asks: How…

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The State of GDPR: Publishers’ Questions Answered

Data privacy and legal compliance experts agree: GDPR is too big to ignore. As an ad/revenue operations (ops), you should already know the E.U.’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect in May, 2018. What’s actually new in this story? Valid point. Despite months—possibly years—of preparation, publishers still have…

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The “Truth” About Blockchain (Part 1)

"Blockchain" is a buzzword, and buzzwords are wont to be misused—so be careful whose promises you believe. Gabe Greenberg advises us that while blockchain for advertising holds loads of promise, no company is applying it at scale... yet.

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Data Targeting on Facebook Gets Complicated

News briefs for Apr. 2:Facebook makes it harder for advertisers to use third-party data sets. There's confusion around how GroupM expects publishers to comply with GDPR. More than a quarter of web traffic could be bots, but that could be partly okay.

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Highlights from Huntington Beach

The Spring 2018 Publisher Forum is a wrap, but the lively discussion goes on. We take a look at how some of those discussions--specifically, how to talk with the buy side about brand safety, and how to take action to avoid the GDPR-empowered wrath of E.U. regulators--have played out this…

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Targeting Consent Is a Publisher/Vendor Team Effort

Retargeting companies were in the industry trade headlines last week, as a couple of the leading retargeters had made efforts to allow users to opt into having their data collected. There are a few timely issues these companies are trying to address—Apple’s limits on the amount of time it’s acceptable…

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DSP Hidden Fees, Retargeters and Consent

DSPs Hidden Fees Dragged Into the Light AdExchanger published a lengthy explanation of the infamous hidden fees DSPs sometimes charge. It's common knowledge in the industry that DSPs are often inclined to take a cut off of the transactions they enable, and then add extra fees on top of that.…

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