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Google's Behavior Tracking Scares US Lawmakers
Now they've gone and done it!
tangor




msg:3869589
 12:20 pm on Mar 13, 2009 (gmt 0)


US lawmakers have been itching for a good excuse to slap mandatory security guidelines on online behavioral ad targeting schemes, and apparently, they've found it.

Google's new plan introduced Wednesday to track individual users' browser history to target ads was just the ticket for Democrat Rep. Rich Boucher, the newly-minted chairman of the House subcommittee on communications and the internet.

[theregister.co.uk...]

 

swa66




msg:3870540
 1:40 am on Mar 15, 2009 (gmt 0)

AFAIK the this is what doubleclick already did for years, it's nothing new as such for any lawmaker to try to score with, even if it's not going to prove to be a popular move of Google to move this way of working from an acquired company onto their own existing products.
In fact I'm afraid it'll backfire bigtime, even without legal interference.

Reno_Chris




msg:3870544
 2:07 am on Mar 15, 2009 (gmt 0)

Every politician needs a target to demonize.

Seems like he's found his.

ken_b




msg:3870580
 3:26 am on Mar 15, 2009 (gmt 0)

Every politician needs a target to demonize.

Making this Opt-IN instead of Opt-out would relieve many concerns that people have about behavioral targeting in general, and about this program in particular.

I'm guessing they made this Opt-out because the rightfully guessed that very few surfers would Opt-In.

zett




msg:3870639
 6:22 am on Mar 15, 2009 (gmt 0)

AFAIK the this is what doubleclick already did for years, it's nothing new

The size of the tracking database is what draws attention to Google's actions now. Every single Google service if "phoning home" the user behaviour. Youtube, Gmail, Google maps, Analytics, Blogger, Feedburner, Adsense, and of course search - put all of this together, and Google knows what you are interested in, and what you are looking at right now.

Doubleclick alone was "just" an ad serving company. Google is much more, and thus much more dangerous.

jetteroheller




msg:3870641
 6:24 am on Mar 15, 2009 (gmt 0)

I'm guessing they made this Opt-out because the rightfully guessed that very few surfers would Opt-In.

I will have to opt out, otherwiese I could not check the ads on my site to be well targeted.

AndyA




msg:3870710
 11:48 am on Mar 15, 2009 (gmt 0)

Like all things of this nature, the standard should be to "opt in," not opt out. If you want (junk) mail from third parties that your credit card companies have sold your information to, you should opt in to receive it, not have to opt out for each and every entity that you do business with.

Same goes for online. If you want to see ads based on your past history, it should be required that you opt in. That is the easiest thing for the consumer, which is who we are supposed to be putting first, right? A "do no evil" philosophy would require people to opt in, and not take advantage of them not knowing their history is determining which ads they see.

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