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Statton Hammock
Vice President, Global Policy & Industry Development
December 17, 2018
According to the European Commission, “the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was put into place to ensure one set of data protection rules for all companies operating in the EU, wherever they are based.” The purpose of this important privacy regulation is to ensure that individuals, residing in EU member states, have more control over their personal data and that data collectors take required steps to protect that data. No one can argue against the benefits of knowing the purpose for why personal data is collected and how it will be used, processed and disposed of; still, six months after the... Read More

Global Head of Marketing, MarkMonitor
Consumers look to brands for online protection, study shows
We have seen a dramatic rise in online sales in recent years — the Office for National Statistics reports an increase from, 9.7% five years ago, to 18% today, as a percentage of all sales. This represents a huge opportunity for retailers - but unfortunately, they are not the only ones benefiting. Counterfeiters, fraudsters and cyber criminals are cashing in too. Just as the web can be used to promote, market and sell legitimate brands, it’s also an ideal tool for counterfeiters to sell fake goods. And this is especially true in the gift-giving season, with 91% doing at least some of our... Read More
Global Head of Marketing, MarkMonitor
Webinar discusses bottom line impacts of brand protection
Imposters can damage your reputation, impede consumer trust and put a dent in your sales numbers. In today’s omni-channel environment, infringement threats have heightened more than ever. And brand impersonators are not exclusive to certain industries. Historically, businesses selling luxury high value items would be targeted. But this is no longer the case — any brand in any sector can become a target, especially if much of the brand’s value lies in intellectual property. Areas most at risk include toys, medical instruments, perfumes and cosmetics, and electrical machinery and equipment. We recently carried out research with 600 marketing decision makers, and... Read More
Global Relationship Manager
New gTLD winds of change continue to shift
Gaining access to information on the ever-changing new gTLD ecosystem remains paramount to domain registration strategies and to maintaining a successful domain portfolio. To date, more than 1,200 new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs), have been delegated, including: Geographic terms (.NYC, .LONDON, .OSAKA) Generics (.FILM, .FASHION, .SPORT) Brands (called ‘dotbrands’ and applied for in a brand’s own name) A TLD is considered delegated once it has been added to the internet’s authoritative database, the Root Zone. TLDs are delegated to the respective registry operator by ICANN, but the registry operator sets the timetable as to when, if ever, to launch the... Read More
Director of Internet Policy and Industry Affairs
ICANN63 Barcelona: Updates from the 20th AGM
The MarkMonitor team is pleased to provide updates from the recent ICANN meeting in Barcelona, Spain. This meeting marked the 20-year anniversary of ICANN’s existence and was ICANN’s 20th Annual General Meeting (AGM). The AGM format consists of seven days of sessions and includes two open community sessions, during which the ICANN board makes itself available for questions and comments from anyone in attendance. This year’s AGM kicked off with an additional daylong session of the Expedited Policy Development Process (EPDP) team, meeting to work on the state of WHOIS data post-GDPR. The MarkMonitor team was engaged in various sessions for... Read More
Global Head of Marketing, MarkMonitor
What makes brand protection a business priority
As the threat landscape expands, online protection is no longer left solely to a single department. Implementing a strategy now calls for buy-in from top management along with involvement from multiple areas of business.  Advances in the internet and the proliferation of social media pose many dangers to your organisation - from counterfeiting and impersonation, to fraud and piracy - impacting consumer trust, your market reputation and your bottom line. Having a plan in place is more important than ever given the rapidly-changing threat landscape and the next generation of online criminals seeking new ways to take advantage of your brand.... Read More

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