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The Saving Grace

London, UK.  25th June 2019.

The makers of Consentua, the world leading consent and preference management platform – Making it easy to do the right thing, by helping data controllers to be trustworthy and supporting individuals to have choice and control – have decided not to renew their subscription to the International Advertising Bureau on July 1st 2019, as they feel the ethos of the IAB  cannot be reconciled with the aims of the Consentua product.  

Richard Gomer, Consentua, Product Director said, “At the heart of our consent and preference management platform are the key principles of trust, control, and regulatory compliance. We make it easier for data controllers to process data Lawfully, Fairly and Transparently, and we give choice and control to data subjects.  The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) recently confirmed that the $200bn ad tech industry buy and sell adverts in real time auctions in a way that is illegal, and contrary to what we believe is sustainable, responsible, or ethical.”

The decision to not renew has been made easier by the  ICO’s finding that the AdTech industry’s current use of personal data is not legal.    

Chris Cooper, Consentua, Chief Technology Officer further added, “The saving grace, is our platform has been designed to be seamlessly deployed and integrated in to any website or mobile app and has never been constrained to the IAB’s view of the world. We think that consent is just one element of many that goes in to delivering positive and trustworthy customer experiences. For that reason and to prepare for the future, we embrace and contribute to emerging standards, like the Kantara Initiative Consent Receipt Specification.  

Standards are important, as they ensure you strive for excellence and embed interoperability into your design thinking. So, whilst we leave the IAB TCF, we are still standards compliant as we adopt fully the Kantara Consent Receipt Specification.


Editors Note:

Consentua joined the IAB Trust and Compliance Framework in 2018, this was because the framework could be adapted to the more ethical and legal method of capturing and processing consent that Consentua enabled.  Yes, it did involve a bit more effort to integrate, but it would work.

However, with the publication of TCF v2.0, we now have a divergence between us and we would end up compromising Consentua to make an integration work.  This goes against our ethos.  Alongside the latest announcements from the various EU information commissioners all pointing to tighter enforcement, our position has become clear.  Time to leave.

Thanks for reading, Chris