Burnham to protect online ad freedom
By Ian Darby, campaignlive.co.uk, Thursday, 13 November 2008 07:00AM
LONDON - Industry bodies have welcomed support from the culture secretary, Andy Burnham, for self-regulation of internet advertising.
Burnham, speaking at the Internet Advertising Bureau's Engage conference on Wednesday (12 November), outlined his support for self-regulation and pledged to do more for advertising, which he described as a "great British industry".
Reacting to Burnham's speech, Nick Stringer, the head of regulatory affairs at the IAB, said: "We recognise the importance of balancing online creativity and innovation with the need to protect consumers.
"The IAB welcomes the Secretary of State's emphasis on self-regulation in delivering that balance."
While Burnham argued that "safeguarding children continues to be a concern" online because there is no equivalent of the television watershed, he said that he recognised the importance of advertising in supporting quality content that is comfortable for parents.
He said: "Government is moving away from thinking online is ungovernable. We are in a period when we need to establish societal norms. I don't think we are there yet, we'll get there in a self-regulatory way.
"The stakes in the ground are not quite there, that is something that we need to address together."
This article was first published on campaignlive.co.uk
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