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NuWave Voluntarily Modifies Certain OxyPure Air Purifier Claims Following National Advertising Division Inquiry into Implied COVID-19 Messages

New York, NY – April 13, 2021 – Following an inquiry by the National Advertising Division (NAD) of BBB National Programs, NuWave LLC modified claims on its website and in a YouTube video which conveyed implied messages that its OxyPure Air Purifier is effective against COVID-19. The...

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NAD Recommends J.G. Wentworth Company Modify its “Cash Now” Claims to Clearly and Conspicuously Disclose Material Information about Timing of Payment

New York, NY – April 8, 2021 – The National Advertising Division (NAD) recommends that the J.G. Wentworth Company modify its advertising to disclose that its offer of “cash now,” in exchange for purchase of the customer’s structured settlement or annuity payment rights, is not immediate,...

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First Day Life Permanently Discontinues Certain Advertising Claims for Daily Enrichment Multivitamin Following National Advertising Division Challenge

New York, NY – April 8, 2021 – First Day Life, Inc. informed the National Advertising Division (NAD) of BBB National Programs that it has permanently discontinued all of the advertising claims and testimonials for the company’s Daily Enrichment Multivitamin that were challenged by the Council...

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National Advertising Division Finds Verizon’s “Fastest 5G in the World” Claim Supported for its 5G Ultra Wideband

New York, NY – April 7, 2021 – The National Advertising Division (NAD) determined that Verizon Communications, Inc. provided a reasonable basis for the comparative performance claim that its 5G Ultra Wideband provides the “Fastest 5G in the World.” NAD concluded that Verizon’s evidence was a good fit for the claim, and that the...

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BBB National Programs Adds FTC Veteran Mamie Kresses as Vice President, Children’s Advertising Review Unit (CARU)

McLean, VA – April 12, 2021 – BBB National Programs, the independent non-profit organization that oversees more than a dozen industry self-regulation and dispute resolution programs, today announced the hire of FTC veteran Mamie Kresses as Vice President, Children’s Advertising Review Unit (CARU). Kresses moves from the...

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BBB National Programs Receives APEC Approval as First U.S. Non-Profit Accountability Agent and Launches Global Privacy Division

McLean, VA – January 26, 2021 – Building upon its longstanding privacy protection work in Europe, BBB National Programs today announced its approval by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) as the first U.S.-based non-profit Accountability Agent in the APEC Cross Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) and Privacy...

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BBB National Programs Announces 85 Distinguished Members of 2021 National Advertising Review Board Panel

McLean, VA – January 5, 2021 – BBB National Programs today announced the 2021 Panel Pool Members for its National Advertising Review Board, the appellate body for the U.S. advertising industry’s system of self-regulation. The National Advertising Review Board panel pool members, selected for their stature and experience in their fields,...
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BBB National Programs Board of Directors Elects Three New Members

McLean, VA – December 14, 2020 – The Board of Directors of BBB National Programs, an independent non-profit organization that operates more than a dozen self-regulation programs, today announced that it has elected three new members for the 2020-2023 term and re-elected the Board Chair and Board Vice Chair.
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When Organizations Market To Children, They Should Do So Responsibly

Today's generation of digital natives might be more comfortable navigating gaming and content platforms, but they face the same cognitive limitations — and vulnerabilities — that children always have. The gap between a child’s needs online and the safeguards in place to protect them in digital spaces has grown to the point where big players like Google and Facebook are making more of an effort to address these gaps.
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What Is Arbitration and What Should You Expect from It?

Arbitration is a form of dispute resolution and is an alternative to litigation (going to court). In some cases, a process called mediation will precede arbitration. In fact, more than 60% of claims that come through AUTO LINE are resolved in mediation. But, if a dispute cannot be resolved in mediation, the claim will proceed to arbitration.
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The Potential Cost of Misleading Income Claims

The FTC recently put direct sellers, and other companies offering money-making opportunities, on notice: false promises about earnings potential and other aspects of a company’s business opportunity could subject the company to civil penalties. DSSRC published the Guidance on Earnings Claim for the Direct Selling Industry to reinforce fundamental tenets regarding the dissemination of earnings claims by direct selling companies and their independent salesforce members.
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In-App and In-Game Ads: Tips to Staying Compliant in 2022

Today, children have increased access to technology as well as increased screen time, using apps and playing games, reading books, doing their homework, creatively expressing themselves, and socializing on their devices. As a result, business models have adapted, with apps reliant on ads and in-app purchases for revenue, rather than up-front purchase fees. These new business models require special design considerations outlined in CARU's revised Advertising Guidelines.
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Podcast

Ad Watchers: What Evidence Do You Need to Support Health Claims?

Any sort of advertising claims related to health or wellness have a special place within advertising claims substantiation: all advertising claims need a reasonable basis, but when it comes to health claims, that reasonable basis has to be competent and reliable scientific evidence, or CARSE. This means that the results of any study done should reflect how the product will...
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Data Privacy Accountability in Practice: A Case Study of Cisco

In this episode of The Accountability Studio, host Cobun Zweifel-Keegan is joined by Cisco's Vice President and Chief Privacy Officer, Harvey Jang, and BBB National Programs’ Director of Global Privacy Initiatives, Josh Harris, for a deep-dive into one company’s innovative approach to data privacy, accountability, and trust. Listen in to learn how Cisco...

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Ad Watchers: When Are Advertisers Responsible for Consumer Ratings and Reviews?

In the increasingly digital landscape, the influence of word-of-mouth has gone viral. Before making a purchase, consumers frequently turn to a product or service's reviews and ratings. Since consumers trust what other consumers have to say, brands want to leverage these voices—but are they responsible for them? In this episode, Hal and...

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What Do CARU’s Revised Guidelines Mean for Advertisers?

Despite this generation’s comfort navigating digital spaces today, they still face the same cognitive limitations – and therefore, vulnerabilities – that they always have. This reality is just one of the reasons that BBB National Programs’ Children’s Advertising Review Unit (CARU) 
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