ASA publishes interim report on IPP Pilot

Posted on Thursday 15 December 2022 | IAB UK

The Intermediary and Platform Principles (IPP) pilot is a year-long initiative that is focused on the role that platforms and intermediaries play in supporting the Advertising Standards Authority’s (ASA) regulation of ads online

Launched in June 2022, the IPP Pilot sees some of the largest companies in the digital advertising supply chain voluntarily work with the ASA in order to explore the role that they can play in helping to uphold the UK’s world-leading system of advertising regulation. 

The initiative is the result of collaboration between the ASA - the UK’s independent advertising regulator - and IAB UK members Adform, Amazon Ads, Google, Index Exchange, Magnite, Meta, Snap Inc., TikTok, Twitter and Yahoo. It pilots a set of six principles covering how the participating companies raise advertisers’ awareness of the rules that apply to their ads online and help the ASA to secure compliance in cases when an advertiser appears unwilling or is unable to comply with the rules. Find out more details here

The ASA has now published an independent, aggregated progress report - covering the initial four-month period of the pilot between 1 June to 30 September 2022 - providing opening observations on how participating companies have, to date, implemented the IPPs. Under the pilot arrangements, participating companies agree to volunteer information to the ASA to demonstrate how they operate in accordance with the Principles. The interim report reflects information provided so far and the full report, which will be published in Q3 2023 once the year-long pilot has ended, will provide a more complete reflection of how the Principles have helped achieve the goals of the pilot.

The report shows that the majority of participating companies provided information which suggests that they are already wholly or mainly fulfilling the Principles relevant to them.

The ASA notes that the “interim report highlights examples of good practice, which, in the ASA’s view demonstrates effective implementation that is in the spirit of the pilot and supports its purpose”. It also highlights “areas in which the ASA encourages progress in the final reporting period…” as well as recognising the need for the ASA to further its understanding of the potential applicability of the IPPs to different types of companies and business models.

You can find the interim report on the ASA’s site here.

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