FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 10, 2018
Contact: Mike Uehlein – muehlein@thedma.org

New on-demand digital program teaches responsible data use based on industry’s ethical guidelines

NEW YORK CITY – Today, the Data & Marketing Association (DMA) released a new on-demand certificate in ‘Ethical Data & Marketing Practices’. The certificate’s coursework teaches responsible consumer data use based on the most recent revision to DMA’s Guidelines for Ethical Business Practice, released in October 2017.

“It is critical that all companies across the data and marketing ecosystem abide by responsible data and marketing practices in order to maintain the trust of their customers and donors,” said DMA General Counsel Senny Boone, head of DMA’s Ethics and Compliance department. “This certificate is based on DMA’s guidelines, which are reviewed in partnership with DMA members, with an eye toward technological innovations and evolutions in marketing practices. By obtaining this certificate, marketers can be certain they are keeping pace with the industry’s ethical practices, geared toward nurturing customer trust.”

This certificate program will train marketers on the required steps for compliance with DMA’s industry standards and includes relevant state, federal and international laws (such as the General Data Protection Regulation) for marketing and advertising. Key revisions to DMA’s ethical guidelines included in this new program include updates regarding customer notice and choice in data “onboarding,” Internet-connected devices, and other updated definitions to reflect advances in data and marketing technology. The coursework also addresses data governance for artificial intelligence (AI), requirements for data security, and best practices for a company’s data privacy policy. The certificate includes 6 modules and testing to complete the training and earn the certificate. This new data certification bolsters industry-wide compliance before DMA begins enforcement of its new guidelines in July.

On May 1st, as part of DMA’s regular review of data and marketing guidelines, industry leaders were invited to join in a discussion of existing consumer data protections and the impact of as the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and other proposed regulations of data on the consumer. DMA’s approach continues its long history of leadership in providing consumers with robust choice and transparency and ensuring the responsible use of marketing data to enrich their lives.

Companies or individuals interested in participating in the development or implementation of DMA’s ethical standards can connect with DMA’s Ethics and Compliance Department at ethics@thedma.org.

DMA’s Certificate in Ethical Data & Marketing Practices is the latest in a suite of professional education tools cultivated by DMA – the leader in online digital education for marketers. DMA’s digital and video training resources have equipped thousands of marketers over the last decade in the responsible use, handling, and application of data to ultimately drive better value for their customers. Additional info on DMA’s education catalog can be found at https://thedma.org/education

About DMA (www.thedma.org): Founded in 1917 and driving the data and marketing agenda for a full century, the Data & Marketing Association (“DMA”) champions deeper consumer engagement and business value through the innovative and responsible use of data-driven marketing. DMA’s brand-leading membership is made up of over 1,400 organizations that are today’s innovative tech and data firms, marketers, agencies, service providers and media companies. By representing the entire marketing ecosystem—demand side and supply side—and engaging more than 100,000 industry professionals annually, DMA is uniquely positioned to convene and guide the industry to bring win/win solutions to the market and ensure that innovative and disruptive marketing technology and techniques can be quickly applied for ROI.

DMA advances the data-driven marketing industry and serves its members through four principal pillars of leadership: advocating for marketers’ ability to responsibly gather and refine detailed data to identify and fulfill customer needs and interests; innovating to bring solutions forward to the data & marketing ecosystem’s most vexing challenges; educating today’s members of the data & marketing ecosystem to grow and lead marketing organizations in the ever-increasing omnichannel world; and connecting industry participants to stay current, learn best practices and gain access to emerging solutions through &THEN – the largest global event for data-driven marketing – and DMA’s portfolio of other live events.