Friday Wake-Up Call: GDPR (ICYMI, OMG, it's happening today)

Welcome to Ad Age’s Wake-Up Call, our daily roundup of advertising, marketing, media and digital news. What people are talking about today: It’s GDPR day, the day the European Union’s strict new data protection rules can be enforced. There’s been a mad rush to make the deadline, and you may be waking up to an inbox flooded with privacy update emails from companies (or you may have been sending them out). “Watching these #GDPR emails come in today is like watching undergrads trying to turn in their homework right under the deadline,” tweeted Ashkan Soltani, security expert and former FTC chief technologist. While we’re at it, here’s another metaphor, courtesy of EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova: “When it comes to personal data today, people are naked in an aquarium,” she wrote in an official EU statement. We’ll leave you to visualize that.

Jane Doe and Jane Doe and Jane Doe

Diet Madison Avenue, the anonymous Instagram account calling out alleged sexual harassment and discrimination in the ad industry, is getting sued for defamation. Ralph Watson, the former Crispin Porter & Bogusky Boulder chief creative officer, says that “defamatory statements posted on the account led to his wrongful termination from the agency,” Ad Age’s Megan Graham writes. She adds that the suit, filed Tuesday in the Superior Court of California in the County of Los Angeles, “seeks no less than $10 million in damages in addition to other costs and damages.” The people running Diet Madison Avenue are anonymous, and the suit against Diet Madison Avenue lists other defendants as “Jane Doe 1,” “Jane Doe 2” and “Does 3 through 100.” In an open letter, Watson wrote that he had never sexually harassed anyone and added:

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