Facebook £3bn legal action given go-ahead in London – BBC News

‘A judge has given the go-ahead to a mass legal action against Facebook owner Meta, potentially worth £3bn.’

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BBC News, 15th February 2024

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HelloFresh fined over millions of spam texts and emails – BBC News

Posted January 12th, 2024 in advertising, complaints, electronic mail, fines, news, ombudsmen, telecommunications by sally

‘Food delivery company HelloFresh has been fined for sending millions of spam emails and texts to customers.’

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BBC News, 11th January 2024

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UK advertising regulators issue update on body image and enhancement review – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 11th, 2024 in advertising, codes of practice, news, standards by sally

‘Businesses must ensure any advertisements including digital alterations made to body images are not “irresponsible” or “misleading”, an expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 10th January 2024

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Calvin Klein ad with singer FKA twigs banned for making her ‘stereotypical sexual object’ – The Guardian

Posted January 11th, 2024 in advertising, complaints, news, standards, women by sally

‘A Calvin Klein advertisement featuring the British singer FKA twigs has been banned by the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority, on the grounds that it presented her as “a stereotypical sexual object”.’

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The Guardian, 10th January 2024

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FemTech: Top data protection tips for period and fertility-tracking apps – Mills & Reeve

Posted January 4th, 2024 in advertising, data protection, internet, news, pregnancy, women by sally

‘Following the announcement by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) of their review into how period and fertility-tracking apps process user information, my data protection colleagues David Hall and Robert Beveridge, carried out an assessment of the data protection compliance of a small sample of apps and provide their top tips for FemTech app providers.’

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Mills & Reeve, 3rd January 2024

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UK watchdog rules Eurostar’s £39 seat sale advert was misleading – The Guardian

Posted January 4th, 2024 in advertising, complaints, news, railways, standards by sally

‘Eurostar has been censured by the advertising watchdog after misleading potential customers over the cost of seats during its sale last summer.’

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The Guardian, 3rd January 2024

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Elf Bar vape adverts banned in UK over ‘greener’ recycling claims – The Guardian

Posted November 29th, 2023 in advertising, complaints, environmental protection, news, ombudsmen, pollution by sally

‘Adverts for the vaping company Elf Bar have been banned after using the slogan “recycling for a greener future” over concern they were misleading because of the environmental damage of discarded vapes.’

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The Guardian, 29th November 2023

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Crunch time for cookie use, watchdog warns – BBC News

‘Some of the UK’s most visited websites could face fines unless they make it clearer that cookies are optional.’

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BBC News, 21st November 2023

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ASA bans law firm’s TikTok adverts for misleading consumers – Legal Futures

Posted November 15th, 2023 in advertising, complaints, law firms, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned two misleading TikTok posts by a law firm for not making clear that the people featured were not genuine clients.’

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Legal Futures, 15th November 2023

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Betfred ads featuring boxer Anthony Joshua banned because of appeal to under-18s – The Independent

Posted November 1st, 2023 in advertising, children, gambling, internet, news, sport by sally

‘Three tweets for bookmaker Betfred featuring Anthony Joshua have been banned after a watchdog found the boxer’s strong appeal among under-18s broke gambling ad rules.’

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The Independent, 1st November 2023

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Five companies fined £590,000 for making almost 2 million marketing calls targeting vulnerable people – The Independent

Posted September 21st, 2023 in advertising, elderly, fines, insurance, news, telecommunications by sally

‘Five companies have been fined a total of £590,000 for collectively making 1.9 million unwanted marketing calls to elderly and vulnerable people.’

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The Independent, 21st September 2023

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Transport for London bans ‘unhealthy’ artisan cheese advert – BBC News

Posted September 12th, 2023 in advertising, food, health, London, news, transport by tracey

‘An advert featuring an artisan cheese has been banned on London’s transport network as it has been deemed too unhealthy.’

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BBC News, 11th September 2023

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Google faces multibillion-pound lawsuit from UK consumers – The Guardian

Posted September 7th, 2023 in advertising, class actions, competition, consumer protection, internet, news by sally

‘Google faces a new multibillion-pound lawsuit from UK consumers accusing the company of contributing to cost-of-living price rises.’

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The Guardian, 7th September 2023

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Firm’s tweet should have mentioned fee deduction, watchdog rules – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 31st, 2023 in advertising, airlines, claims management, compensation, delay, fees, news by tracey

‘A flight delay claims firm should have made clear that clients would not receive the full amount of compensation promised, advertising watchdogs have ruled.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 30th August 2023

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Acupuncture and craniosacral therapy ads banned over long Covid treatment claims – The Independent

Posted August 30th, 2023 in advertising, coronavirus, medical treatment, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘The Advertising Standards Authority ruled that three ads misled consumers about the therapies’ efficacy in treating long Covid.’

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The Independent, 30th August 2023

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Boots infant formula adverts broke rules – watchdog – BBC News

Posted August 23rd, 2023 in advertising, breastfeeding, children, complaints, families, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘Online adverts for the retailer Boots promoting four brands of infant formula on Google broke advertising rules, the watchdog has said.’

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BBC News, 23rd August 2023

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OnlyFans billboards ‘not overtly sexual’, regulator rules – BBC News

Posted August 23rd, 2023 in advertising, children, complaints, internet, news, ombudsmen, women by sally

‘Billboards showing a scantily clad model advertising her explicit social media accounts have been cleared by the regulator despite complaints.’

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BBC News, 23rd August 2023

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Tougher rules will target illegal ads and fake influencer scams, says Government – The Independent

Posted July 25th, 2023 in advertising, consumer protection, electronic commerce, internet, news by sally

‘Tougher new rules are set to clamp down on illegal and age-restricted adverts and fake celebrity scams, the Government has said.’

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The Independent, 25th July 2023

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Ambush marketing: Norwich Pharmacal Applications (Puma v TfL) – Mills & Reeve

Posted July 14th, 2023 in advertising, intellectual property, news, sport, trade marks by sally

‘Puma SE (Puma) brought an application against Transport for London (TfL) after TfL removed Puma’s adverts from Wembley Park Tube Station three days before the Women’s Euro finals.’

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Mills & Reeve, 13th July 2023

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Ladbrokes ads banned for ‘strongly’ appealing to under-18s – The Independent

Posted July 12th, 2023 in advertising, children, gambling, news, ombudsmen, sport, young persons by sally

‘Two ads for Ladbrokes have been banned for “strongly” appealing to under-18s by featuring well-known Premier League managers.’

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The Independent, 11th July 2023

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