UK data protection regulator demands companies in the RTB ecosystem re-evaluate privacy notices, use of personal data, and lawful basis.
The UK Information Commissioner’s Office’s (ICO’s) latest report into adtech and real time bidding (RTB) (the ICO Report) provides a stark assessment of the adtech sector’s use of personal data in RTB scenarios. The ICO Report notes widespread compliance concerns that, in some cases, the ICO does not consider “will be addressed without intervention.” Organizations in this field should expect potentially more vigorous investigations and enforcement action if the ICO’s concerns are not addressed.
RTB is an online ad-buying process by which advertising space on websites is bought and sold via an instantaneous “programmatic” auction. During the auction process, a wide range of data (mostly originated from cookies) can be shared with multiple advertisers who place real time bids for relevant ad space. Continue Reading