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Children who view TV commercials for unhealthy foods and drinks that include healthy lifestyle messages rate the products as more healthy compared to commercials for similar products with a different message. New research by the Rudd Center for Food ...

Jorge Henn, member of the provincial Parliament of Santa Fe, tabled a proposal for a programme called “They are children, not clients: Initiatives against misleading children advertising”. The programme’s objective is to coordinate ...

Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) launched a petition calling on game developer Niantic, Inc. to protect children from new deceptive forms of corporate marketing taking advantage of the popularity of Pokemon GO. The association accuses ...

Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) launched a petition calling on game developer Niantic, Inc. to protect children from new deceptive forms of corporate marketing taking advantage of the popularity of Pokemon GO. The association accuses ...

According to news reports, Google launched its YouTube Kids app in the UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, nine months after its debut in the Unites States (see AEF Alert 23/02/2015). YouTube Kids is a family-fri...

On 19 May, the Center for Digital Democracy and the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) supplementing their original complaint against YouTube Kids (see AEf Alert 08/04/15). The organisations c...

On 14 April, Google announced the launch of a new programme called "Designed for Families," which will review apps and will label eligible ones on Google Play as family friendly. One of the conditions to earn the designation is to be free from intere...

On 7 April, several consumer associations filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) against the recently launched YouTube for Kids (see AEf Alert 23/02/15) on the grounds that it breaches of Section 5 of the FTC Act which prohibits un...

Fast food commercials aimed at children are in breach of industry self-regulatory standards through their emphasis on toy premiums instead of healthy food choices, researchers from New Hampshire claim in an article published in the March edition of t...

On 7 August, the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (“CCFC”) requested the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to take action against Fisher-Price and software developer Open Solutions for deceptively marketing their mobile applications ...

The Federal Consumers’ Office (PROFECO) in Mexico has fined McDonald’s with over 680.000 pesos (around $55.000) for engaging in miselading advertising of the ‘Happy Meal’ regarding the amount of fruit contained in the popular ...

The American Heart Association, Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), Berkeley Media Studies Group, Center for Digital Democracy, Prevention Institute, Shape Up America and Trust for America’s Health have sponsored an advert&nb...

On 21 September, the Public Health Advocacy Institute (PHAI) – a legal research centre for public health – published research examining the US states' consumer protection laws prohibiting unfair, deceptive or unconscionable* sales and mar...