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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 EU-U.S. Data Privacy Framework, bridging gaps between divergent privacy and data protection regimes.

 

 

Thought Leadership

The Privacy Initiatives team works with businesses to drive the adoption of unified privacy practices, facilitate consumer education and choice, and offer consumers accessible, no-cost privacy dispute resolution. We understand how to craft enforceable and fair mechanisms that protect consumers in the marketplace, and enable responsible businesses to compete on trust and accountability. 

 

Blog

Renewal Season: 5 Tips to Ensure a Smooth Data Privacy Framework Process

U.S. companies in the Data Privacy Framework Program (DPF) program recertify each year with the Department of Commerce to assess and account for how they handle and process personal data that originates in the EU, U.K., and/or Switzerland. Here are 5 tips for making it a smooth process.
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Blog

American Privacy Rights Act: A Primer for Business

Was it the recent series of natural phenomena that prompted Congress to move on a bipartisan, bicameral federal privacy bill? We can’t say with certainty, but we can outline for you what we believe to be, at first glance, the most compelling elements of the American Privacy Rights Act of 2024 (APRA).
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Blog

Bullish but Cautionary: A Balanced Way to Approach the Impact of AI

Business and nonprofit leaders in the U.S. may not feel so weighty a responsibility in assessing the global impact of AI, but we must realize AI’s power to impact our organizations, our local economies, our sectors, and our nation.
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Blog

New Rules of the Road Can Sustain US Leadership on Interoperable Digital Data Flows

President Biden closed February 2024 with an EO that signaled an important development for how the U.S. plans to position and guard itself from global adversaries, and speaks volumes about how the U.S. views the next-generation impacts of data flows on the digital economy and how our nation can be better equipped as a global leader. Read our takeaways and future considerations.
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Podcast

Cross Border Privacy Rules Goes Global: A Deep Dive on CBPRs

Privacy professionals are faced with what seems like a never-ending, sometimes overwhelming stream of new privacy laws and regulations, both here in the U.S. and abroad. In this episode of Priv, host Dona Fraser is joined by Victoria Akosile, Deputy Director of BBB National Programs Privacy Initiatives to take you from APEC to global CBPRs, explaining all of the acronyms in...

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Consumer Privacy in Telehealth: An Interview with the ATA

In this episode of Priv, Dona Fraser is joined by Kyle Zebley from the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) to get a check-up on consumer health data privacy in the telehealth industry. From HIPAA to the pandemic to Dobbs to a hodge podge of new state-level privacy laws, Dona and Kyle discuss the companies navigating this complex terrain, how the world of telehealth has changed,...

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Latest Announcements

Press Release

BBB National Programs Issues Compliance Warning for Use of AI in Child-Directed Advertising and Data Collection

McLean, VA – May 1, 2024 – BBB National Programs’ Children’s Advertising Review Unit (CARU) today issued a new compliance warning on the application of CARU’s Advertising and Privacy Guidelines to the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI), putting advertisers, brands, endorsers, developers, toy manufacturers, and others on...

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Press Release

BBB National Programs Applauds Today’s Launch of the Global CBPR Forum, Strengthening Commitments to International Data Privacy

McLean, VA – April 30, 2024 – BBB National Programs applauds the work of the Global CBPR Forum members, including the U.S. Department of Commerce, to launch the Global Cross Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) and Privacy Recognition for Processors (PRP) certification systems, a key development in...

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Decision

BBB National Programs’ Privacy Watchdog Ensures Shein Adheres to Digital Advertising Privacy Best Practices

McLean, VA – April 11, 2024 - The Digital Advertising Accountability Program (DAAP) worked with global fast fashion retailer, Shein to bring its website and mobile apps into compliance with the Digital Advertising Alliance’s (DAA) Self-Regulatory Principles for online interest-based advertising (IBA). 

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Decision

BBB National Programs’ Privacy Watchdogs Ensure Azerion’s Compliance with Digital Advertising and Children’s Privacy Best Practices

McLean, VA – March 5, 2024 - The Digital Advertising Accountability Program (DAAP) and Children’s Advertising Review Unit (CARU) worked with Azerion Group to bring its gaming website, agame.com, into compliance with the DAA IBA Principles, CARU’s Advertising and Privacy Guidelines, and COPPA.

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Events

AdExchanger and AdMonsters 2024 Top Women in Media and Ad Tech Honorees

Dona Fraser, Senior Vice President, Privacy Initiatives, BBB National Programs and Dr. Divya Sridhar, Vice President, Global Privacy Division and Privacy Initiatives Operations, BBB National Programs ...
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Jun 03, 2024 New York, NY

2024 AWE US Conference

Dona Fraser, Senior Vice President, Privacy Initiatives, BBB National Programs panel on Generative AI, Manipulation, and Virtual Worlds
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Jun 18, 2024 Long Beach, CA