New UK tech regulator to limit power of Google and Facebook – The Guardian

‘A new tech regulator will work to limit the power of Google, Facebook and other tech platforms, the government has announced, in an effort to ensure a level playing field for smaller competitors and a fair market for consumers.’

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The Guardian, 27th November 2020

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UK to ban all online junk food advertising to tackle obesity – The Guardian

Posted November 11th, 2020 in advertising, children, consultations, food, government departments, health, internet, news by sally

‘Downing Street has unveiled plans to implement a total ban on online junk food advertising – the toughest digital marketing restrictions in the world – in an attempt to tackle the growing obesity crisis.’

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The Guardian, 10th November 2020

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TikTok star Emily Canham falls foul of UK ads watchdog – BBC News

Posted November 4th, 2020 in advertising, internet, news, ombudsmen by tracey

‘A social media influencer has become the first person to be reprimanded by the UK’s advertising watchdog over a TikTok post.’

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BBC News, 4th November 2020

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Legal loophole allows children to get free vape samples – The Guardian

Posted October 27th, 2020 in advertising, children, consumer protection, health, news, smoking by sally

‘Health campaigners have expressed alarm after it emerged that a loophole in the law means it is legal for marketing companies to hand out vapes to children for free.’

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The Guardian, 25th October 2020

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Crackdown on UK gambling ads expected to ban use of celebrities – The Guardian

Posted October 22nd, 2020 in advertising, codes of practice, gambling, news, young persons by sally

‘The use of celebrities such as sports personalities and reality TV stars in betting and gambling ads is expected to be banned under new rules designed to crack down on marketing targeting under-18s.’

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The Guardian, 22nd October 2020

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New rules may force online political adverts in UK to carry labels – The Guardian

Posted August 12th, 2020 in advertising, internet, news, political parties by sally

‘Online political advertisements could require labels for the first time under plans unveiled by the government, in an effort to inject more transparency into digital campaigning.’

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The Guardian, 12th August 2020

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Watchdog warns UK high-cost lenders about exploitation – The Guardian

Posted August 7th, 2020 in advertising, complaints, consumer protection, debts, interest, loans, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘The UK’s financial watchdog has warned high-cost lenders about irresponsible repeat lending and exploitative marketing that risks pushing vulnerable borrowers into a cycle of debt.’

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The Guardian, 6th August 2020

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UK set to bring in strict new junk food rules including pre-9pm ad ban – The Guardian

Posted July 24th, 2020 in advertising, coronavirus, food, health, news by sally

‘The government is set to implement strict rules on how junk food is advertised and sold in the UK, with restrictions such as a ban on online adverts and TV commercials before the 9pm television watershed.’

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The Guardian, 23rd July 2020

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Peers call for tougher regulation of digital and social media in UK – The Guardian

‘Ministers are being urged to toughen up the regulation of digital and social media because “a pandemic of misinformation and disinformation” is eroding trust in politics and public institutions.’

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The Guardian, 29th June 2020

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Bra advert banned for claiming to ‘reduce risk of breast cancer’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 25th, 2020 in advertising, cancer, consumer protection, internet, news by sally

‘An advert for a bra has been banned for claiming it reduces the risk of breast cancer.’

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Daily Telegraph, 24th June 2020

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Universities Investigate Adverts On Channel 4 Show That ‘Dehumanised’ Traveller Community – Each Other

‘Three universities are investigating how their adverts appeared on a Channel 4 documentary accused of “dehumanising” the Traveller community.’

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Each Other, 11th June 2020

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Lord Sugar tweet broke UK advertising rules, says watchdog – The Guardian

Posted May 6th, 2020 in advertising, complaints, internet, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘A tweet by Lord Sugar promoting a company set up by a winner of The Apprentice has broken the UK advertising rules.’

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The Guardian, 6th May 2020

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ASA upholds legal training company’s complaint about competitor – Legal Futures

‘A company that trains foreign lawyers to qualify as solicitors has successfully complained about a competitor that claimed to be the number one provider.’

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Legal Futures, 30th April 2020

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UK ad watchdog bans claims that IV drips can treat coronavirus – The Guardian

‘The advertising watchdog has cracked down on three companies for implying they could provide immune-boosting IV drips that could prevent or treat coronavirus.’

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The Guardian, 22nd April 2020

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A whopper? Watchdog bans ads for Burger King ‘vegan-suitable’ Rebel – The Guardian

Posted April 15th, 2020 in advertising, complaints, food, news, ombudsmen, veganism by sally

‘An ad campaign for Burger King’s first plant-based burger has been banned by the advertising watchdog for implying it is suitable for vegans and vegetarians, when it is not.’

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The Guardian, 15th April 2020

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Online political ads should be labelled, says Law Commission – The Guardian

Posted March 17th, 2020 in advertising, internet, Law Commission, news, political parties by sally

‘Online political adverts should be labelled or “imprinted” to show who is paying for them, according to the Law Commission, which warns that there is a “very real risk of the electoral process losing credibility”.’

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The Guardian, 17th March 2020

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British American Tobacco circumventing ad ban, experts say – The Guardian

Posted March 17th, 2020 in advertising, internet, news, smoking by sally

‘British American Tobacco (BAT) is marketing e-cigarettes and heated cigarettes with pictures of attractive models and using hashtags such as “I dare you to try it”, despite a crackdown last year after it paid social media influencers to promote its products.’

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The Guardian, 17th March 2020

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UK bed firm’s advert banned for associating migrants with coronavirus – The Guardian

Posted March 11th, 2020 in advertising, complaints, coronavirus, health, immigration, news, ombudsmen by tracey

‘A newspaper ad promoting British-made mattresses that warned of “nasty imports” alongside an image of a surgical mask has been banned by the advertising watchdog for associating immigrants with the spread of the coronavirus.’

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The Guardian, 11th March 2020

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Permitted Development (1) – payphone kiosks and advertisements – Exchange Chambers

‘Under Part 16 Class A of Schedule 2 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 development consisting of the installation, alteration or replacement of any electronic communications apparatus is permitted development, subject to a requirement for prior approval.’

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Exchange Chambers, 12th February 2020

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Pretty Little Thing: ‘Overly sexualised’ advert banned – BBC News

Posted February 5th, 2020 in advertising, complaints, news, ombudsmen, women by tracey

‘An advert for fashion retailer Pretty Little Thing which featured women wearing exposing lingerie has been banned for being “offensive”.’

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BBC News, 5th February 2020

Source: www.bbc.co.uk