Privacy Initiatives

Advancing privacy best practices and operating independent, third-party accountability programs to help businesses and consumers navigate the digital marketplace


Businesses that collect personal information understand the critical need to comply with privacy and data protection laws. But from small startups to global enterprises, some businesses choose to do more: leading the way by demonstrating their embrace of privacy standards and best practices that set the tone for their industry.

 

BBB National Programs works with individual companies, industry groups, and regulators to develop, monitor, and enforce robust privacy standards. Our trusted privacy programs deliver independent accountability for privacy promises, whether built on self-regulatory principles or legal requirements, tailored to respond to the unique privacy challenges presented by specific data types, like children’s data, or use cases, such as emerging technologies and cross-border transfers.

 

Together our programs drive the adoption of unified privacy practices, facilitate consumer education and choice, and offer consumers accessible, no-cost privacy dispute resolution. Looking to the future, where new regulations and technologies bring new privacy challenges, BBB National Programs brings together stakeholders to craft enforceable and fair mechanisms that protect consumers in the marketplace, and enable responsible businesses to compete on trust and accountability. 

 

To learn more about our work—and to join in the effort—please check out the programs, initiatives, and resources below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Global Privacy Division

Through BBB National Programs’ Global Privacy Division, businesses show their partners and customers that they put privacy first, no matter where they operate. Our programs serve as key elements of frameworks like the Cross-Border Privacy Rules and Privacy Shield, bridging gaps between divergent privacy and data protection regimes. 

 

Thought Leadership 

Blog

AI And Machine Learning In The Workplace: Preparing For 2023

In recent years, government scrutiny over the use of artificial intelligence (AI) tools in the recruiting and hiring process has risen. A better understanding of these actions can help business leaders reduce their risk of legal liability and better understand how to use AI and machine learning responsibly in their organizations.
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Blog

Shifting Global Privacy Demands For Business: What Leaders Need To Know

As businesses continue to develop new and innovative technologies, they are also collecting more data from consumers. While we await for additional guidance on the future of Privacy Shield, business and nonprofit leaders can take some lessons from Schrems I to help them prepare for what is to come.
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Blog

Two Peas in a Privacy Pod: Global CBPR and the EU-U.S. Data Privacy Framework

One of the unique benefits of the Global CBPR System is the substantial overlap with the EU-U.S. Data Privacy Framework (EU-U.S. DPF). The nearly 78% alignment in key requirement areas means that certifying through one system will help an organization comply with requirements of the other, saving time, money, and valuable resources while pursuing both certifications.
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Blog

From Regional to Global: The CBPR System Goes Global

Recently we wrote about the objectives of the Global Forum, APEC, the APEC Framework, and the APEC CBPR System. This blog addresses the transition from the APEC CBPR System to the Global CBPR System. What are the unique benefits for participants?
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Latest Announcements

Press Release

BBB National Programs’ Statement on Executive Order to Implement the European Union-U.S. Data Privacy Framework

McLean, VA – October 07, 2022 – Dona Fraser, BBB National Programs’ Senior Vice President, Privacy Initiatives, issued the following statement today on the Biden Administration’s Executive Order to implement U.S. commitments under the European Union-U.S. Data Privacy Framework.

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Press Release

Children’s Advertising Review Unit Issues Compliance Warning for Child-Directed Advertising in the Metaverse

McLean, VA – August 23, 2022 – BBB National Programs’ Children’s Advertising Review Unit (CARU) today issued a new compliance warning regarding the application of CARU’s Self-Regulatory Guidelines for Children’s Advertising to advertising practices directed to children in the metaverse. This warning puts advertisers on notice...

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Decision

CARU Finds Gameloft’s Disney Getaway Blast App in Violation of COPPA and CARU’s Advertising and Privacy Guidelines; Gameloft Agrees to Corrective Actions

McLean, VA – November 1, 2022 – The Children’s Advertising Review Unit (CARU) has found Gameloft S.A. in violation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and CARU’s Self-Regulatory Guidelines for Advertising and for Children’s Online Privacy Protection. Upon receipt...

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Decision

CARU Finds Tilting Point Media in Violation of COPPA and CARU’s Advertising and Privacy Guidelines; Company Agrees to Corrective Actions

McLean, VA – September 7, 2022 – The Children’s Advertising Review Unit (CARU) found Tilting Point Media, owner and operator of the SpongeBob: Krusty Cook-Off app, in violation of COPPA and CARU’s Self-Regulatory Guidelines for Advertising and for Children’s Online Privacy Protection.

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Events

IAPP Global Privacy Summit 2023

Mary K. Engle, EVP Policy, BBB National Programs will participate in The COPPA Conundrum: The Future of Child Privacy Regulation and Enforcement
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Apr 05, 2023 Washington, DC