New code for online marketing
Dubai, September 15, 2011
New protection for Internet users and detailed standards for marketers selling to them are highlighted in a newly revised code of global marketing practice.
The Consolidated ICC Code of Advertising and Marketing Communications, which has been launched and made globally available online, serves as the foundation for national self-regulatory systems that monitor marketing practices and provide consumers with easy access to make complaints and redress problems.
The code was unveiled at an international conference on responsible advertising, hosted by Conared, the Latin American Association of Advertising Self-Regulatory Organisations, a statement said.
“Our Consolidated Code is recognised as the gold standard for self-regulation,” said John Manfredi, chair of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Commission on Marketing and Advertising, and CEO of Manloy Associates in the US.
“This new code expands the scope and reach of global efforts with rules that cover consumer rights and business’ responsibilities online. It increases protection for children on the internet and sets parameters for all advertising directed to them, and it adds safeguards for consumers’ privacy and personal information”, he said.
“To make this code accessible to everyone, we launched a website that is dedicated to self-regulation at all levels – global, national and regional. It will serve business people, regulators, self-regulators and academics as well as consumers. Its purpose is to build trust for self-regulation by setting high marketing standards,” Manfredi added.
The code sets out the dos and don’ts on many topical and difficult marketing issues including setting conditions and limits for online behavioral targeting of advertising (OBA), based on interest profiles created by tracking web browsing habits of consumers; establishing restrictions on products that may be marketed to children and information gathered from them; setting standards for ethical behavior and transparency on digital communications for the new technology players, including mobile operators, search engines, application developers, information aggregators and data gatherers.
“This code reflects the commitment of businesses from all sectors of industry and all regions of the world towards responsible marketing and advertising,” said Jean-Guy Carrier, ICC secretary general. – TradeArabia News Service