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(Nov 18, 2010) On November 8, 2010, the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee of the European Parliament adopted a report on the impact of advertising on the behavior of consumers. Philippe Juvin, the French Member of the European People's Party of the European Union, who authored the report, asserts that current EU legislation on online advertising is not adequate to cover intrusive practices such as behavioral and targeted advertisments and must be revised. Behavioral advertisement occurs when advertisers appear as consumers on Internet forums, and targeted advertisement includes the use of "robots" used by Google's Gmail service to scan personal emails and make it possible to show advertisements tailored to each individual's profile. The EU's Unfair Commercial Practices Directive adopted in 2005 targets misleading and aggressive advertising; new forms of advertising through the use of new technologies over the Internet are, however, raising new issues. (MEPS Want EU to Tackle Abusive Online Advertising, EURACTIV (Nov. 10, 2010), http://www.euractiv.com/en/food/meps-want-eu-tackle-abusive-online-adver
The report urges the immediate insertion of specific language on behavioral advertisement in online advertising rules, together with an explanation of the meaning of such language. It also calls on the European Commission and the EU Member States to ensure that the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive, whose scope does not extend to cover "hidden" Internet advertising, is broadened and to inform consumers in clear language as to how their data is collected and used. Hidden advertising occurs when consumers write comments to one another about goods and services. EU Member States should "encourage the emergence of forum observers/moderators who are alert to the dangers of hidden advertising." (Id.)
|Author:||Theresa Papademetriou More by this author|
|Topic:||Communications and electronic information More on this topic|
|Jurisdiction:||European Union More about this jurisdiction|
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Last updated: 11/18/2010