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Evidon Announces Germany’s First Commercial Solution for BVDW AdPlayer Platform

Evidon, the global leader in revealing the invisible web, today announced that it has an operational integration with AdPlayer, an open-source technology that displays “AdChoices” privacy notice in advertisements across Germany, which launched officially yesterday in Berlin. The JavaScript-based AdPlayer is designed to help German businesses comply with the European Self-Regulatory Program for Online Behavioral Advertising (OBA) by enabling them to give consumers transparency and control over how their information is used in behaviourally targeted ads.

Evidon is working with the German Bundesverband Digitale Wirtschaft (BVDW), whose members developed the AdPlayer program, on integrating the technology into the AdPlayer system. Evidon InForm recognizes ads served by any company that is AdPlayer compliant. When a user receives an ad, AdPlayer serves the AdChoices icon which, when clicked, renders a list of privacy information and links to more information about all parties involved in serving the ad and using/collecting OBA data. The integration of Evidon InForm™ will allow consumers to opt out of having their data used by any of the involved companies directly from that notice.

“The BVDW and Evidon are in close cooperation on harmonizing the two systems in the interest of the consumer," said Thomas Schauf, Head of Project ‘Self regulation Online Data Privacy Protection,’ BVDW.

Evidon InForm is the industry-standard method for delivering robust privacy notices to hundreds of millions of consumers each day, and for giving them control over tracking, in more than 40 languages globally. Evidon serves more than one billion ad notices in Germany and more than nine billion notices across Europe every month. The technology is recognised as a critical tool in achieving compliance with self-regulatory programmes in the EU and US, as well as with the recently implemented EU ePrivacy Directive. An example of Evidon privacy notice for German websites can be found here.

“Adopting privacy best-practices is good for business,” stated Sacha Berlik, CEO of Mexad. “The combination of Evidon’s opt-out mechanism and AdPlayer will make it easy for our advertiser clients to ensure that the campaigns they run with us adhere to the self-regulatory framework, and empower their customers with true transparency and control over how their information is used.”

AdPlayer is designed to work with all ad-serving technologies and advertising formats. The open-source solution is designed to be as flexible as possible and offers a simple way for collecting and displaying privacy information with the creative. The DDOW (Deutscher Datenschutzrat Online-Werbung), the German Data Protection Council for Online Advertising, aims for AdPlayer to become an industry standard privacy technology.

“Our integration into AdPlayer will allow us to continue to adapt our leading privacy controls to new technologies as they emerge,” said Evidon CEO Scott Meyer, “to provide the best possible protections to both consumers and businesses, and to bring more trust to the European advertising market.”

About Evidon

Evidon reveals the invisible web.

Its technology gives brands, publishers, networks and other businesses around the world unique insight into the digital ecosystem—including unparalleled intelligence on the marketing technologies that underpin the commercial web —and the power to control their impact on business.

That technology includes Ghostery®, Evidon’s browser tool that reports on data collection across 26 million websites and informs the company’s business control solutions. Evidon also provides market-leading privacy controls for more than $1 billion of display media annually that empower more than 150 million people a day to control how their information is used online.

Companies make smarter decisions, protect their businesses and consumer privacy, and grow revenue as a result. www.evidon.com

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