Category Archives: The Accountability Studio

What Does it Mean to Have a “Reasonable Basis” Standard?



Advertisers are required to have a “reasonable basis” for their advertising claims, but what is “reasonable” in terms of support and the level and type of evidence needed? In this episode of the Ad Watchers, hosts Hal Hodes and La Toya Sutton break down the standard that helps us determine what is reasonable: the Pfizer Factors. Tune in to learn more about each of the factors that form the flexible framework for advertising law today.

For more information about this episode, read the show notes here


With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility



In the inaugural episode of The Accountability Studio, moderator Mary Engle, Executive Vice President, Policy poses a fundamental question to the leadership of BBB National Programs: Does independent, industry self-regulation really work? Program leaders responded with an empathic ‘yes,’ but also laid out the numerous factors that can contribute to the success or failure of a self-regulatory initiative. Tune in to hear them discuss the problems in the marketplace that led to the creation of each of their programs, how their programs work, and what they think the future of independent industry self-regulation will look like.

For more information about this episode, read the show notes here


So, Who’s Making These Advertising Rules?



In the Ad Watchers podcast series, National Advertising Division (NAD) attorneys Hal Hodes and La Toya Sutton break down common advertising practices to reveal the complexity of keeping claims truthful and accurate. In this first episode, the hosts talk about the guiding principle behind all NAD decisions: consumer understanding. Hal and La Toya discuss what it means to them to step into the shoes of the consumer and break down all of the factors that NAD takes into consideration during an advertising review that regulators (e.g., the FTC or FDA) may not.

For more information about this episode, read the show notes here.


The Perfect Storm for Privacy and Adtech: How the End of the Cookie Era Will Reshape the Digital Marketplace



Many privacy professionals see the depletion of third-party cookies, paired with several technological, political, and cultural factors, as the perfect storm for privacy and adtech – one that will bring about fundamental changes to the advertising industry and the broader digital marketplace. In this episode, Colin O’Malley, Founder of the Lucid Privacy Group, Christy Harris, Director of Technology & Privacy Research at the Future of Privacy Forum, and Ayaz Minhas, former Data Privacy Manager for BBB National Programs, discuss the challenges and opportunities this ‘perfect storm’ is creating.


Why Teens Need Unique Privacy Protections



As the COVID-19 pandemic has heightened the digital environment, online engagement has increased across user demographics. In this episode, authors of the BBB National Program’s paper Risky Business: The Current State of Teen Privacy in the Android App Marketplace join us to provide insight into the importance of protecting teenage users. Listen in to hear Ayaz Minhas, Data Privacy Manager, Isaac Cronk, Digital Advertising Compliance Specialist, and Cameryn Gonnella, Compliance Manager explain “why now, why teens.”