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Pixalate Week in Review: September 14 - 18, 2020

Sep 18, 2020 2:00:00 PM

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

1: Magna forecast: Digital ad spend resilient in 2020

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"Although overall media owner ad revenue in the United States decreased by 7.2% during the first half of the year, digital ad sales grew by 5.7%, according to an updated forecast released by Magna on Wednesday," reported AdExchanger

2. How a mobile app can collect vast amounts of consumer data

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The New Yorker reports that a mobile app ad tech company "has been using its ad-placement business as a wholesale data-mining operation." The article adds: "When it bids to place an ad in an app like, for example, Pandora, it scoops up the I.D. of every phone and tablet that would have been exposed to the ad, even if it loses the bid."

The New Yorker continues: "By collecting and storing this information, the company is able to compile a fairly comprehensive picture of every app downloaded on those devices, and any registration data a user has shared in order to use the app."

3. IAB Tech Lab's 'Project Rearc' continues work — but without the browsers

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The IAB Tech Lab's Project Rearc project — a group of ad tech stakeholders developing new privacy-friendly standards that don't rely on mobile ad IDs or cookies —  is expected to send draft standards by the middle of Q4, according to AdExchanger. But "the big browser makers" have not been part of the conversation.

"The hope is that even companies that have been aloof toward the ad industry in the past, such as Apple, will work together to support consumer privacy and accountability in some capacity," wrote AdExchanger.

4. Programmatic trends after 6 months of COVID

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In this podcast, eMarketer interviews Nicolas Bidon, CEO of Xaxis, about "what the programmatic media firm has experienced in recent months, and what's coming as targeting and attribution challenges mount."

5. Adweek: Facebook adds brand safety controls for in-stream ads

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"Facebook added two more weapons to its arsenal of brand safety controls for its in-stream ads," reported Adweek. "A topic exclusion tool and publisher allow lists are now available to advertisers," Adweek noted. 

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