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Pixalate Week in Review: July 16 - 20, 2018

This week's review of ad fraud and quality in the digital advertising space.

1. Facebook, Disney among brands potentially impacted by mobile app ad fraud laundering discovery

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In the wake of our MegaCast app ad fraud discovery, we continue to explore the impact of this apparent widespread app laundering and automatic activity. Based on conservative estimates, we believe brands were losing over $75 million per year to this alleged ad fraud activity. Upon further research into the activity, Pixalate was able to identify and verify some of the exact brands that we believe were impacted by this event, including Facebook, Disney, Instagram, Hulu, Volvo, and more. Click here to download our whitepaper or learn more in MediaPost.

2. GDPR compliance has become a 'legal headache'

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According to eMarketer, citing a recent survey from TrustArc and Dimensional Research, "[a]bout a quarter of respondents said their new data policies and procedures and cookie management protocols are fully compliant with the new regulations ... but just 13% said that their vendor risk management programs were GDPR compliant." Working with vendors that are not GDPR compliant could lead to GDPR fines, eMarketer notes. (Note: Pixalate is GDPR compliant.)

3. Will blockchain add to the 'tech tax'?

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"The Interactive Advertising Bureau's Tech Lab on Tuesday revealed details of a Blockchain Working Group pilot program that is designed to answer [how blockchain would be best applied to online advertising]," wrote Advertising Age. "But could it add another so-called ad-tech tax to the equation in the process?" Advertising Age asked, noting that "[s]uch services certainly won't be free."

4. Salesforce buys Datorama

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Salesforce this week agreed to acquire Datorama. AdExchanger wrote of the deal: "Both Salesforce and its competitor Oracle have been on a spree acquiring data companies. Oracle started first, by snapping up BlueKai, AddThis, Datalogix, Moat and Grapeshot, and Salesforce has gone down its own path." AdExchanger added, "While Oracle has a data marketplace and seems to be focusing on data analytics, Salesforce is dead set on managing data integration."

5. Canada cracks down on malicious online ads with $250,000 in penalties

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The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) recently "took enforcement action to combat the installation of malicious software through online ads for the first time under Canada’s anti-spam law." The CRTC hit two companies with a combined $250,000 in penalties for "allegedly aiding in the installation of malicious computer programs (also known as malware) through the distribution of online advertising."

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