Crimestoppers ad that used heart ‘ripped out of someone’s chest’ banned – The Guardian

Posted January 28th, 2016 in advertising, codes of practice, complaints, news by sally

‘A Crimestoppers ad with an image of a heart that looked as if it was “ripped out of someone’s chest” has been banned by the advertising watchdog.’

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The Guardian, 27th January 2016

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Corset ad promising ‘sexy, tiny waist’ banned for being irresponsible – The Guardian

Posted January 13th, 2016 in advertising, complaints, media, news by sally

‘A TV ad showing women using a corset to squeeze their waists to a “sexy, tiny” size has been banned for being irresponsible.’

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The Guardian, 13th January 2016

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BuzzFeed breaks UK ad rules over misleading advertorial – The Guardian

Posted January 13th, 2016 in advertising, codes of practice, complaints, internet, news by sally

‘BuzzFeed has broken the UK advertising rules for failing to make it clear that an article on “14 laundry fails” that promoted Dylon was an online advertorial paid for by the dye brand.’

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The Guardian, 13th January 2016

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Nurofen makers under investigation after court rules on misleading adverts – The Guardian

Posted December 15th, 2015 in advertising, complaints, medicines, news by sally

‘The UK’s advertising watchdog is investigating claims made by the makers of Nurofen after an Australian court ordered the company to step selling several versions of the popular painkiller.’

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The Guardian, 15th December 2015

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Tobacco firms challenge plain packaging rules – BBC News

Posted December 10th, 2015 in advertising, intellectual property, news, regulations, smoking, trade marks by sally

‘Four of the world’s biggest tobacco firms are to begin a legal challenge to the government’s new packaging rules.’

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BBC News, 10th December 2015

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Explicit sex ads were ‘irresponsibly placed’ in children’s smartphone app – The Guardian

Posted December 9th, 2015 in advertising, children, complaints, computer programs, news, telecommunications by sally

‘A company promoting sexual liaisons using pictures of a naked woman has been reprimanded for running ads in a children’s smartphone game.’

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The Guardian, 9th December 2015

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Dyson advert sucks, says watchdog – The Guardian

Posted December 2nd, 2015 in advertising, complaints, news, ombudsmen, statistics by sally

‘Advertising Standards Authority upholds complaint by Gtech over press and YouTube campaign, saying tests “did not reflect normal conditions”.’

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The Guardian, 2nd December 2015

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Bride-to-be used fake email addresses to win £25,000 wedding competition – The Guardian

Posted December 2nd, 2015 in advertising, compensation, complaints, electronic mail, marriage, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘A bride-to-be tried to win a competition for a £25,000 wedding by using thousands of fake email addresses to secure the highest vote.’

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The Guardian, 2nd December 2015

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What’s all the fuss about the Lord’s prayer? Emma Fenelon – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted December 1st, 2015 in advertising, Church of England, equality, freedom of expression, news by tracey

‘“I find your lack of faith disturbing” (Darth Vader). Digital Cinema Media (DCM), the media agency that supplies adverts to 80% of UK cinemas caused consternation last week when it announced its refusal to show a 60-second advert by the Church of England encouraging people to pray. The ad would have been guaranteed a sizable audience had it been permitted to air as planned before the upcoming Star Wars: the Force Awakens, advance ticket sales for which have broken all known records.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 1st December 2015

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Lord’s Prayer: What are the rules on religious adverts? – BBC News

Posted November 24th, 2015 in advertising, Church of England, codes of practice, news by sally

‘Leading UK cinemas are refusing to screen a Church of England commercial reciting the Lord’s Prayer. But what are the rules on religious advertising, asks Justin Parkinson.’

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BBC News, 23rd November 2015

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Debt advice firm that made 1m unsolicited calls fined £120,000 – The Guardian

‘A company that made more than1m unsolicited calls in a month offering to write off people’s debts has been fined £120,000 by a government watchdog.’

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The Guardian, 10th November 2015

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‘Misleading’ Boots eye advert banned – BBC News

Posted October 29th, 2015 in advertising, evidence, health, news by sally

‘An advert for Boots Opticians has been banned for “misleading” claims that blue light, emitted from smartphones and other gadgets, damages eyesight.’

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BBC News, 28th October 2015

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The Sun’s ‘cleavage week’ ads escape ban – The Guardian

Posted October 21st, 2015 in advertising, complaints, jurisdiction, media, news, ombudsmen, photography, women by sally

‘A competition in the Sun inviting readers to submit a photo of their cleavage for the chance to win £1,000 has escaped a ban from the advertising watchdog.’

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The Guardian, 21st October 2015

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Ad campaign aims to rally support to save Human Rights Act – The Guardian

Posted October 20th, 2015 in advertising, bills, human rights, legislation, news, repeals by sally

‘The battle to save the Human Rights Act takes to the streets this week with crowdfunded billboards focusing on those who have used the legislation to obtain justice.’

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The Guardian, 19th October 2015

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Iceland bread advert banned for making baking seem too simple – The Guardian

Posted October 15th, 2015 in advertising, codes of practice, food, news by sally

‘An Iceland video about its range of bread has been banned for oversimplifying the baking process and the number of ingredients.’

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The Guardian, 14th October 2015

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Cold call blocking firm fined £75k for ‘aggressive’ nuisance calls – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 23rd, 2015 in advertising, fines, news, telecommunications by sally

‘Cold Call Elimination Ltd telephones people to try to sell blocking service and device to stop nuisance calls – the same type of calls it was making itself’

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd September 2015

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Miley Cyrus MAC ad avoids ban after complaints it was overtly sexual – The Guardian

Posted September 23rd, 2015 in advertising, complaints, news by sally

‘An ad campaign featuring a scantily-clad Miley Cyrus has avoided a ban from the advertising regulator despite complaints it was overtly sexual and could be seen by children.’

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The Guardian, 23rd September 2015

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Paddy Power ad telling Sepp Blatter to ‘f**k off’ cleared by watchdog – The Guardian

Posted September 9th, 2015 in advertising, complaints, news, obscenity by sally

‘The advertising watchdog has cleared a campaign by bookmaker Paddy Power that called on Fifa president Sepp Blatter to “f**k off”, ruling that it was unlikely to cause widespread offence.’

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The Guardian, 9th September 2015

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Universities must bear consumer law in mind when marketing courses on social media, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted September 3rd, 2015 in advertising, consumer protection, internet, news, universities by sally

‘FOCUS: As universities adopt increasingly innovative tactics to recruit new students, they must be careful not to ignore their obligations under consumer protection law and must comply with regulatory guidance.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 2nd September 2015

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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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