Commerce Department

U.S. to Turn Over Control of the Internet

The United States will begin a process to relinquish its administrative control over of key function of the Internet by September 2015, federal officials said late this afternoon. Since the Internet was founded, the U.S. has managed the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, which oversees the catalog of unique IP addresses that makes the Internet possible.

Advertisers Push for Do Not Sell Internet Registry

As the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann), the organization that manages the address system on the Internet, gets ready to flood the Web with hundreds of new top-level domain names, companies with brands to protect are increasingly worried that it's going to cost them millions of dollars in defensive registratio

New Study Says DAA’s Privacy Program Falls Short

A new study from Carnegie Mellon University throws cold water on the reputed success of the Digital Advertising Alliance's self-regulatory privacy program, which gives consumers the choice to opt out of behaviorally targeted advertising.

Commerce Privacy Report Likely to Spur Lawsuits

The Commerce Department's privacy paper setting forth a consumer privacy "bill of rights" reads like a typical policy report, but may be potent ammunition for plaintiffs attorneys.

Kosmala Joins 4As’ Washington Team

The Digital Advertising Alliance's Peter Kosmala is jumping to the American Association of Advertising Agencies as senior vp of government relations, beginning March 1. Kosmala's move comes less than a year after he joined the online ad industry's self-regulatory organization as its first managing director. Kosmala succeeds Linda Dove, who is retiring.

Ad Biz Lauded for Privacy Self-Regulation as Debate Continues

The digital ad industry is feeling pretty good about the White House's proposed "consumer privacy bill of rights." Along with the unveiling of the long-awaited Commerce Department report came