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Digital ad gadfly dings AT&T hotspot for intrusive ad injections

August 26, 2015 1:55 pm

The free airport hotspot provided by AT&T at Dulles International Airport has “sprouted ads. Lots of them, in places they didn’t belong,” says Jonathan Mayer, PhD candidate in computer science, law lecturer at Stanford and perennial privacy and digital ad gadfly, in a blog post [...]

Digital ad dollars to boom in 2016 political ad cycle

August 18, 2015 12:41 pm

The cool kid on the political advertising block is digital. But for all the headlines, digital will only break the billion dollar mark for the first time in the 2015/2016 presidential year cycle, according to a forecast by research firm Borrell Associations. Search, social media and digital [...]

Report: Political advertising to hit record $16.5 billion in 2015-2016

August 18, 2015 8:02 am

Political advertising is forecast to hit a record $16.5 in the two-year Presidential election cycle, according to a new report from Borrell Associates. Half of the spending will go to local elections, including governor races, ballot initiatives, state and city races. In 2016 alone, candidates [...]

FTC GOP commissioner Joshua Wright resigns

August 17, 2015 12:31 pm

Joshua Wright, one of two GOP commissioners on the Federal Trade Commission, is leaving the agency Aug. 24 to return to his prior post at George Mason University as professor of law and director of the Global Antitrust Institute at the Law and Economics Center. Wright has served on the commission [...]

FTC files suit against data brokers for selling to payday loan scammer

August 13, 2015 9:56 am

The Federal Trade Commission charged a data broker operation for illegally selling the financial information of payday loan applicants to scammers, who raided the accounts for at least $7.1 million. According to the FTC’s complaint, Sequoia One LLC and Gen X Marketing Group LLC bought loan [...]
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