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1) Yes I'm the only one who logs in to this AdSense account.
Now at 2.. What do I pick?
a) I have an email address and password (Google Account) I already use with Google services like Gmail, Orkut, or the personalized home page.
b) I do not use these other services. I would like to create a new Google Account.
I think (b), but than I get an error: "A user with the email you specified already exists. Already have a google account? Try logging in."
Your privacy is important to us.
You should know that third parties may be placing and reading cookies on your browser, or using web beacons to collect information, in the course of ads being served.
But I'm going to wait for jensense to get back from SMX and go through it with her fine tooth comb to make sure I got everything before I agree.
Man, I hate these things! I couldn't even tell you what a web beacon is, but I have to warn my visitors about them? And given that people don't enter a site on the about page, they will have the cookie before they read that they might get it. Silly!
[edited by: MikeNoLastName at 2:20 am (utc) on Feb. 26, 2008]
If not, might I suggest that ASA help us with the type of language we would need to verify is in our privacy notices. After all, I believe the intention is to make sure Google publishers are notifying their visitors what Google might be doing and many of us would be guessing at this point.
"As a mom-and-pop operation owned by liberal-arts types, we don't even know how to spy on you. (When we hear the term 'privacy issue,' we're likely to think of an open bathroom window facing the street.)"
1) Take a really big gun.
2) Hold down, aim at own feet.
Why do they always come up with these half-baked, not thoroughly thought-through instructions, options, products, solutions, services? Why is there no FAQ? They can't be serious to have just this blog post to communicate?
To me it looks like someone from legal department said: "Hey Adsense group, I've been thinking... Shouldn't we explain that we are collecting private data? This is a huge risk for us!", and someone from Adsense replied: "But the sites where the data collection appears to happen are beyond our control...! You know, these are not Google property." - "Ah, I understand. Well, then let's make it mandatory for the site owners to explain the data collection in their privacy policies." - "Not all of them have privacy policies." - "Heck, then let's make THAT mandatory. I'm going to change the T&C right now. Thanks for the chat."
web beacons to collect data in the ad serving process.
Just wait until newbies learn that means you are being tracked across sites whether you click on ads or not, even if you have cookies disabled.
This should be a front page topic, no? It's huge.
Wasn't Yahoo forced by law to give people an opt-out for beacons?
Here's yahoo's version: [info.yahoo.com...]
[edited by: amznVibe at 12:16 pm (utc) on Feb. 26, 2008]
Why would google state for you to make this known to your users?
This poses a good question, why would google now make it manadatory for you to explain to users that google are dropping cookies @ your site.
The answer in my opinion is google will be tracking user data, for that user data to be 'known' globaly across all domains.. (smartpricing v2) there will be paid per clicks happening @ other domains external to that of your site... learning what your visitor wants to get from the internet... wether or not he wants to buy new shoes one week, and a new car the next week... google will learn 'by dropping a session cookie' and them (the google bots) can work out where that user is, what he's doing, how he's surfing, what he wants to buy ...
Does anyone realise that? :]
google cookies = user spy = smartpricing v2
A detailed explaination of my theory:
1) User visits google.com and searches for Shoes./
2) Google sends a cookie to the client browser with a session id
3) google database updates with 'shoes' as a search indication the person is interested in buying 'shoes'
4) he visits a clothes dealer site and this has 'google ads' at the top... google cookie was sent from the browser to the database and the database came back 'shoes'.
5) Ads for 'shoes' now display at 'clothes + shoes website'
6) User clicks 'shoes' ad because Google knows he wanted shoes really.
7) User purchases pink shoes and walks down the street tapping his feet.
8) Advertiser =Sale, Google=Win, Publisher=Win
The bad side to this is that they could also be tracking that if a user clicked domain1.com at somesite.com and then visited youriste.com the advertisement for domain1.com may of not converted well so they decided to decrease the COST PER CLICK of the advertiser, decreasing the payout.
So this can be for and against publishers, depending on the user data google collects and the cookies stored by google ads / google services / etc.
I'd guess that I could put "My name is Rumpelstiltskin and you owe me your first born if you use this site" and not lose a dollar a year in AdSense revenue. Not that I would put in such a clause. ;)
I just need someone, preferably AdSense, to tell me exactly what language would satisfy this requirement since I have no control over the cookies or beacons and don't know under what circumstances they would be employed. Or if they just want "Ads appearing on this site may employ cookies or web beacons."
It would be nice to tag on something like "See google.com/privacy for more information" since this is their requirement.
I hate to say it, but this does seem to have been poorly done.
[edited by: RonS at 2:06 pm (utc) on Feb. 26, 2008]