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Remember that part of the AdSense T&C's has always said that publishers can't violate local laws and remain publishers, so I would suspect this move to make all publishers comply across the board just makes it easier for Google to enforce this policy by making sure everyone is legal whether or not the law applies to everyone or not.
[edited by: incrediBILL at 8:44 pm (utc) on Feb. 29, 2008]
I think this whole issue is a joke. Google has become the Darth Vader of FUD-spreading.
I'm pretty sure it's not, read my comments above.
Next will probably be a requirement that all AdSense sites are a minimum of HTML 4.01 transitional and compliant with handicap accessibility so brace for impact...
comment specifically on what the laws in a particular country may
require, we can say that in most locations the standard business
practice is to notify users of third-party cookies and/or web beacons
ArtistMike, thanks for posting Google's response. Now I'm curious if they are just trying to dodge your actual question or if they'll come back with the an actual answer.
On the otherhand, I have no problem adding:
< body onload="alert('Our website relies on the Google AdSense Ads displayed on this page for revenue. In order for us to display this ad, we must let you know that Google is adding a cookie and/or a web beacon to your computer, whether you click or not.');" >
to the top of every page ;)
i kid i kid
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I found it interesting that they were lifting restrictions on where ads could be placed
looks like the only restrictions are pr0n, hate, violent or illegal content, seems error pages, chat pages, reg or thank you pages and maybe even emails are OK. You don't even have to have content on pages that contain a referral button.
guess they need more impressions from no content pages
It is on a page by itself, that is linked to the main "hub" page of my site. I don't have a link to that page on every page on my site. It is only found by a link on the "HUB" page on my site.
I think there was the phrase "and/or" ... so that means I can choose to use or not use the phrase "web beacons"... because of the word "or".
With the new tracking technologies who knows what tomorrow's "web beacon" (or "web steak") could do to violate the user's privacy. And you, as the website owner, are supposed to be responsible for that.