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IPA welcomes JICWEBS and TAG alignment of UK and US brand safety and anti-fraud initiatives

New three-stage partnership to provide a consistent approach for brand advertisers.

29/01/2018

The two leading cross-industry standards bodies in the UK and US today announced they are aligning many of their key initiatives to create a consistent approach to tackling the big issues facing digital advertising and to increase industry adoption.

The Joint Industry Committee for Web Standards (JICWEBS) will continue to drive brand safety efforts in the UK while the Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG) will take the long-term lead on fighting fraud, malware, and piracy. TAG will endorse the JICWEBS Digital Trading Standards Group (DTSG) Brand Safety initiative to companies active in the UK market.

Commencing with immediate effect, the alignment will roll out in three stages:

1. JICWEBS will offer TAG Registration in the UK market and introduce TAG’s Certified Against Malware and Certified Against Piracy initiatives into the UK;

2. JICWEBS’ existing anti-fraud programmes will be merged into TAG’s Certified Against Fraud programme by the end of 2018. A recent study found that fraudulent advertising was cut by 83% in TAG-Certified distribution channels; and

3. TAG’s and JICWEBS’ brand safety initiatives will be aligned by 2019. Until this combined programme is in place, TAG will endorse and promote the JICWEBS version to all existing and future members trading or seeking to trade in the UK.

Current JICWEBS subscribers will be encouraged to have first-hand practical involvement in the development of these initiatives.

Richard Foan, Chair of JICWEBS, said:

“JICWEBS and TAG are both committed to raising standards in digital advertising, so it makes sense to create a consistent approach across the UK and US, which is what many from both the buy and sell side want. Initially, the partnership will offer a practical way for companies operating in the UK market to buy and benefit from both TAG’s and JICWEBS’ products, with the ultimate aim to fuse the best bits from both approaches to create a "super" programme that maximises brand safety and minimises fraud.”

Mike Zaneis, President and CEO of TAG, said:

“By working together, TAG and JICWEBS can ensure that UK advertisers have a clear and consistent approach to building brand safety while fighting fraud, malware, and piracy. By reducing redundancy and harmonising the existing efforts, TAG and JICWEBS will be able to expand their efforts, increase adoption, and further protect the digital supply chain worldwide.”

Nigel Gwilliam, IPA Consultant Head of Media and Emerging Tech, said:

“We welcome this development which intelligently and pragmatically supports the principle of global standards for local markets. Combining JICWEBS rigour and experience in driving brand safety standards with TAG’s scale and resource in combating ad fraud can only be a good thing for the ad industry in the UK and around the world.”

About JICWEBS:
JICWEBS defines best practice and standards for online ad trading in the UK and is made up of the following trade bodies: Association of Online Publishers (AOP), Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB) UK, ISBA – the voice of British advertisers – and the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA). For more information on JICWEBS please visit www.jicwebs.org.

About TAG:
The Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG) is the leading global certification programme fighting criminal activity and increasing trust in the digital advertising industry. Created by the digital advertising industry’s leading trade organizations, TAG’s mission is to eliminate fraudulent traffic, combat malware, prevent internet piracy, and promote greater transparency in digital advertising. TAG advances those initiatives by bringing companies across the digital advertising supply chain together to set the highest standards. TAG is the first and only registered Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (ISAO) for the digital advertising industry. For more information on TAG, please visit www.tagtoday.net.

Last updated 29/01/2018


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