Amazon Echo Dot ad cleared over cat food order – BBC News

Posted February 14th, 2018 in advertising, complaints, electronic commerce, news by michael

“A television ad for Amazon’s Echo Dot smart speaker that caused a viewer’s device to try to order cat food has been cleared by a UK regulator.”

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BBC News, 14th February

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Regulator launches ban on adverts that entice problem gamblers – The Guardian

Posted February 14th, 2018 in advertising, fines, gambling, news by michael

“Ads that encourage betting during live events or offer ‘free’ bets and bonuses will be banned.”

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The Guardian, 14th February 2018

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ASA bans Poundland’s lewd toy elf ad campaign – The Guardian

Posted February 8th, 2018 in advertising, complaints, news by tracey

‘Poundland’s risque Christmas ads featuring a naughty elf playing strip poker and performing a sex act on a Barbie doll have been banned by the advertising watchdog.’

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The Guardian, 7th February 2018

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Online gambling firms urged to raise standards on terms and conditions for bonus promotions – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 5th, 2018 in advertising, consumer protection, gambling, internet, news by sally

‘Standards committed to by three gambling operators on the terms and conditions applied to “bonus promotions” set a benchmark that the rest of industry must also meet, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and Gambling Commission have said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 2nd February 2018

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Government accused of “pulling its punches” over PI cold-calling ban – Legal Futures

‘The government was accused yesterday of “pulling its punches” and “shilly shallying” over introducing a ban on cold-calling for personal injury (PI) claims.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd January 2018

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PPI firm fined £350,000 for making 75 million spam calls in four months – The Independent

‘A PPI company that made 75 million nuisance calls in just four months has been fined £350,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office. The director of Miss-sold Products UK Ltd will not face any punishment despite the company he ran “blatantly ignoring the law” because of shortcomings in existing legislation, the ICO said on Wednesday.’

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The Independent, 17th January 2018

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Government urged to ban nuisance calls and texts from claims firms – The Guardian

‘British consumers were bombarded with 2.2bn nuisance phone calls and texts from pensions, PPI and cash-for-crash claims firms last year, according to an analysis of Ofcom data.’

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The Guardian, 8th January 2018

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Dating website eHarmony’s ‘scientific’ match ad banned – BBC News

Posted January 4th, 2018 in advertising, complaints, misrepresentation, news by sally

‘A dating website’s claim that it used a “scientifically proven matching system” to pair up those looking for love, has been banned.’

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BBC News, 3rd January 2018

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Broadband firms must ditch ‘misleading’ speed ads – BBC News

Posted November 23rd, 2017 in advertising, internet, misrepresentation, news, telecommunications by sally

‘Broadband firms will no longer be able to advertise their fast net services based on the speeds just a few customers get, from May next year.’

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BBC News, 23rd November 2017

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ASA puts onus on law firms to stop using Law Society’s “misleading” CQS claim – Legal Futures

Posted November 23rd, 2017 in advertising, law firms, Law Society, misrepresentation, news, quality assurance by sally

‘All of the 3,000 law firms accredited under the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) need to ensure they are not using in their own marketing the society’s description of the scheme that was yesterday ruled to be misleading, it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd November 2017

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Toothpaste advert banned after it features naked model with onions – The Independent

Posted November 22nd, 2017 in advertising, complaints, news, voyeurism, women by sally

‘A toothpaste advert that featured a naked model next to a pile of onions has been banned for “objectifying” women.’

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The Independent, 22nd November 2017

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Law Society accreditation scheme advert ‘misled’ public – BBC News

Posted November 22nd, 2017 in advertising, complaints, conveyancing, law firms, Law Society, news, solicitors, standards by sally

‘The Law Society misled the public over the expertise of solicitors in a scheme set up to help property buyers and sellers in England and Wales, the advertising watchdog has ruled.’

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BBC News, 22nd November 2017

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Lancashire shoe firm’s ‘sexist’ topless women ad banned – BBC News

Posted November 17th, 2017 in advertising, complaints, news, women by tracey

‘A “sexist” online shoe advert featuring topless women has been banned by the advertising watchdog.’

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BBC News, 16th November 2017

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Six universities told to change advertising claims – BBC news

Posted November 15th, 2017 in advertising, complaints, news, universities by tracey

‘The advertising watchdog has told six UK universities to take down marketing claims that could be misleading. Leicester, East Anglia, Strathclyde, Falmouth, Teesside and the University of West London have all had complaints upheld against them.’

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BBC News, 15th November 2017

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Universities to be warned over misleading adverts – BBC News

Posted November 10th, 2017 in advertising, complaints, news, universities by tracey

‘Universities are going to face a crackdown on how they advertise and market courses to attract students.’

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BBC News, 10th November 2017

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Police advert banned for suggesting viewers should not call 999 if they hear a baby crying next door – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 25th, 2017 in advertising, child abuse, complaints, news, police by michael

‘The “deliberately ambiguous” television advert urged concerned neighbours not to call 999 if they hear a baby crying next door, suggesting they call the local council instead.’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th October 2017

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Child gambling: remove ‘unacceptable’ online ads, regulators demand – The Guardian

Posted October 23rd, 2017 in advertising, children, gambling, internet, news by sally

‘Regulators have launched a crackdown on child gambling by demanding online gambling sites remove “unacceptable” adverts featuring cartoon characters likely to appeal to children.’

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The Guardian, 22nd October 2017

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Purplebricks ‘surprised’ at new ASA ruling for misleading advert – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 19th, 2017 in advertising, complaints, estate agents, fees, misrepresentation, news by tracey

‘Online estate agent Purplebricks has said it is “surprised” the Advertising Standards Authority upheld a complaint against it for misleading viewers over its fee structure.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th October 2017

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Dragons’ Den-backed fake tan misled users, watchdog rules – BBC News

Posted October 19th, 2017 in advertising, media, misrepresentation, news by tracey

‘A self-tanning product launched with the help of investment from the Dragons’ Den panel has been found to mislead customers. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) found claims by Skinny Tan that its product could “tone” or give “less visible cellulite” could not be proven. Claims that the product was 100% natural were also found to be misleading.’

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BbC News, 18th October 2017

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Bank fined £75,000 over unsolicited marketing – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 12th, 2017 in advertising, banking, consent, fines, news by sally

‘A UK bank has been fined £75,000 by the information commissioner after failing to ensure that recipients of millions of its marketing messages had consented to receiving those communications.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 12th October 2017

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