BBB National Programs Press Releases

  • 6/04/2021 - BBB National Programs’ Statement on Today’s European Commission Adoption of Standard Contractual Clauses for Cross-Border Data Transfer

    McLean, VA, June 4, 2021 – Dona Fraser, Senior Vice President, Privacy Initiatives, BBB National Programs today issued the following statement: BBB National Programs notes with interest the adoption of the updated Standard Contractual Clauses (SCCs) by the European Commission (EC). Through our Global Privacy Division, we work with organizations of all types and sizes to achieve compliance across a range of privacy frameworks. In this capacity, we advocate for a variety of scalable transfer mechanisms that converge around a set of baseline best practices. While today’s EC announcement partially advances those aims through the approval of updated SCCs, along with the provision of a toolbox for compliance with the Schrems II decision, there remains an urgent need to enhance the Privacy Shield Framework as a core mechanism for transatlantic transfers of personal data.

  • 4/12/2021 - 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 FTC’s Division of Advertising Practices to lead BBB National Programs’ CARU, the first FTC-approved COPPA Safe Harbor in the U.S. and the independent industry self-regulation program responsible for protecting children from deceptive and inappropriate advertising and irresponsible online data collection practices. 

  • 1/26/2021 - 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 Recognition for Processors (PRP) systems. As an Accountability Agent in the APEC privacy certification systems, BBB National Programs will enable companies of all sizes doing business in the 21 APEC economies to demonstrate compliance with internationally recognized data privacy standards.  

  • 1/05/2021 - 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, provide independent peer review to ensure truthfulness and accuracy in national advertising and help promote voluntary compliance of its decisions.
  • 12/14/2020 - 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.
  • 12/02/2020 - BBB National Programs Partners with Facebook to Strengthen Truth-in-Advertising Enforcement on the Social Network's U.S. Platform

    New York, NY – December 2, 2020 – Taking an important step to advance the effectiveness of its quick and efficient self-regulatory programs, BBB National Programs today announced a new National Advertising Division (NAD) partnership with Facebook. Effective immediately, this partnership enables NAD to share case outcomes addressing Facebook advertising directly with Facebook, allowing their enforcement teams to then act on those ads that violate their policies. The result will be to encourage ethical practices among advertisers and a stronger, more robust system of self-regulation. 

  • 11/30/2020 - Arcadia Consumer Healthcare Violates National Advertising Division Procedures

    New York, NY – November 30, 2020 – The National Advertising Division (NAD) determined that Arcadia Consumer Healthcare violated Section I2(b) of the Procedures for the U.S. advertising industry’s process of self-regulation by using the outcome of an NAD case for promotional purposes. The advertising claims at issue in the case were challenged by Arcadia. 
  • 11/02/2020 - BBB National Programs Adds New Senior Leadership in Privacy Initiatives and Human Resources and an Attorney to NAD

    McLean, VA – November 2, 2020 – BBB National Programs, the independent non-profit organization that oversees more than a dozen industry self-regulation programs, today announced new additions to the organization’s senior leadership team that will deepen its bench in privacy, human resources, and truth-in-advertising. The announcement was made by Eric D. Reicin, President and CEO, BBB National Programs.  
  • 10/28/2020 - CapRate Events, LLC Violates National Advertising Division Procedures with Public Mischaracterization of France Media, Inc. Case Decision

    New York, NY – October 28, 2020 – The National Advertising Division (NAD) today determined that CapRate Events, LLC violated Section I2(b) of the Procedures for the U.S. advertising industry’s process of self-regulation by mischaracterizing NAD’s decision regarding advertising for its competitor, commercial real estate publisher France Media Inc, (FMI), via email to multiple industry professionals.
  • 9/09/2020 - Media Advisory: Media Visionary Tom Rogers, Deputy Attorney General of the U.S. Jeffrey A. Rosen, and FTC Commissioner Christine Wilson to Keynote NAD 2020 Annual Conference

    New York, NY – September 9, 2020 – On the eve of its 50th anniversary, the National Advertising Division (NAD) of BBB National Programs will host the NAD 2020 Annual Conference, which this year will be a virtual event over the course of three days – Monday, October 5 through Wednesday, October 7.