Moshi Monsters and Bin Weevils rebuked by advertising watchdog – BBC News

Posted August 27th, 2015 in advertising, children, complaints, news, video games by sally

‘The UK advertising watchdog has ruled against online games Moshi Monsters and Bin Weevils in a crackdown on adverts pressuring children to spend money.’

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BBC News, 26th August 2015

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Drug promotions and endorsements on social media – the Kim Kardashian case – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 17th, 2015 in advertising, internet, medicines, news by sally

‘FOCUS: The recent rebuke handed to a drugs manufacturer by a US regulator over the endorsement of its product by celebrity Kim Kardashian highlights differences in the way the direct marketing of prescription medicines is regulated in the US and UK.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 13th August 2015

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Book of Mormon ad with sweary Jon Stewart quote escapes ban – The Guardian

Posted August 5th, 2015 in advertising, complaints, media, news by sally

‘A newspaper ad promoting the Book of Mormon that featured an expletive-laden endorsement from Jon Stewart has been cleared by the UK advertising watchdog.

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The Guardian, 5th August 2015

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Poltergeist posters cleared despite more than 70 complaints over clown image – The Guardian

Posted July 15th, 2015 in advertising, complaints, news, ombudsmen by tracey

‘People afraid of clowns have failed in a bid to get “distressing” posters for the film Poltergeist banned. More than 70 coulrophobics and parents complained about posters and bus ads featuring the head of a scruffy, smiling clown doll with the tagline “They know what scares you”.’

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The Guardian, 15th July 2015

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FCA to consult on issue of unsolicited marketing in consumer credit market this summer – OUT-LAW.com

‘The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is to consult on the issue of unsolicited marketing by consumer credit firms this summer, according to an answer given in the UK parliament.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 1st July 2015

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Protein World’s ‘beach body ready’ ads do not objectify women, says watchdog – The Guardian

Posted July 1st, 2015 in advertising, complaints, health, news by sally

‘Protein World’s controversial “beach body ready” campaign has been cleared by the UK ad watchdog despite nearly 400 complaints it objectified women and was socially irresponsible.’

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The Guardian, 1st July 2015

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Regulator opens investigations into transparency of paid online endorsements – OUT-LAW.com

‘The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is investigating whether a number of businesses have broken consumer protection laws by failing to disclose that they have paid others to endorse their company online.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 19th June 2015

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Shoppers ‘duped’ by millions of fake online reviews – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 19th, 2015 in advertising, consumer protection, inquiries, internet, news by tracey

‘Shoppers who use the internet to research hotels, books, electronics and other purchases are being misled by millions of “fake” reviews orchestrated by companies to trick potential customers, the consumer watchdog warns today as it begins an inquiry.’

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Daily Telegraph, 19th June 2015

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Welsh government job advert breached language policy – BBC News

Posted June 19th, 2015 in advertising, government departments, news, Wales, Welsh language by tracey

‘An advert by the Welsh government to recruit the new children’s commissioner breached its own Welsh language policy, an investigation has found.’

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BBC News, 19th June 2015

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Belgravia Auto Valet advert is banned by the ASA for being ‘sexist’ and ‘demeaning to women’ – The Independent

Posted June 11th, 2015 in advertising, complaints, news, sex discrimination, women by sally

‘An online advert for a London car wash which showed young bikini-clad women pouring soapy water over themselves has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) – after receiving just one complaint.’

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The Independent, 10th June 2015

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Upper Tribunal: Ocean Finance VAT arrangements could stand as not ‘wholly artificial’ – OUT-LAW.com

Posted June 10th, 2015 in advertising, HM Revenue & Customs, news, tax avoidance, tribunals, VAT by sally

‘HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) should not look beyond the contractual arrangements that govern a company’s structure when establishing liability for VAT unless those arrangements do not reflect “economic and commercial reality”, a tribunal has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 5th June 2015

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‘Unhealthily underweight model’ Yves Saint Laurent advert banned – BBC News

Posted June 3rd, 2015 in advertising, complaints, health, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘An Yves Saint Laurent advertisement featuring an “unhealthily underweight” model has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).’

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BBC news, 3rd June 2015

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Susan Workman murder: Killer’s family post ad to trace jury – BBC News

Posted May 22nd, 2015 in advertising, divorce, domestic violence, evidence, juries, media, murder, news by sally

‘The family of a man jailed for murdering his ex-wife have taken out a newspaper advert in an attempt to trace the jurors involved in his trial, prompting a police investigation.’

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BBC News, 20th May 2015

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Greenpeace anti-fracking advert banned for claiming support of ‘experts’ – The Independent

Posted May 6th, 2015 in advertising, charities, energy, environmental protection, news by sally

‘A Greenpeace advert opposing fracking has been banned for claiming experts agreed that the process would not cut energy bills.’

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The Independent, 6th May 2015

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Miu Miu ad banned for appearing to sexualise a child – The Guardian

Posted May 6th, 2015 in advertising, children, media, news by sally

‘An ad campaign for fashion brand Miu Miu that ran in Vogue magazine has been banned for appearing to sexualise a child.’

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The Guardian, 6th May 2015

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‘Beach body ready’ ad ‘can’t appear again in its current form’ says watchdog – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 30th, 2015 in advertising, complaints, news, women by sally

‘The Advertising Standards Authority will establish if the controversial ad for Protein World breaks harm and offence rules or is socially irresponsible.’

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Daily Telegraph, 29th April 2015

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“Cold Calling” company fined £75K for breach of privacy – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted April 20th, 2015 in advertising, complaints, consumer protection, EC law, fines, news, privacy, tribunals by sally

‘Although an individual’s right to privacy is usually thought of in the context of state intrusion in one form or another, in reality the real threat of intrusion in a society such as ours comes from unsolicited marketing calls.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 17th April 2015

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SRA warns firms against misleading marketing as inducements ban kicks in – Legal Futures

Posted April 14th, 2015 in advertising, inducements, law firms, news, personal injuries by sally

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has warned personal injury firms against misleading marketing as the government’s ban on the use of inducements came into force yesterday.’

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Legal Futures, 14th April 2015

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University admissions service broke data laws over targeted advertising – The Guardian

Posted April 9th, 2015 in advertising, data protection, news, privacy, universities, young persons by sally

‘The universities admissions service, Ucas, broke data protection rules when it signed up teenagers to receive adverts about mobile phones, energy drinks and other products, the information commissioner has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 8th April 2015

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‘Ship this bed’ TV ad unlikely to cause serious offence, says watchdog – The Guardian

Posted April 8th, 2015 in advertising, children, complaints, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘A TV ad featuring the repeated phrase “ship this bed” has been cleared by the advertising watchdog – but it has been banned from being shown when children might be watching.’

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The Guardian, 8th April 2015

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