Behavioral Advertisers Try To Come Up With Code Of Conduct Before FTC Writes One For Them

from the self-regulation dept

While the US Congress came down hard on NebuAd for its "behavioral targeting" ad program that would be used by ISPs to track everywhere you surfed and toss up relevant ads based on overall surfing activity, the FTC was a lot more hands-off. Instead, it simply suggested that the industry figure out a way to self-regulate before the FTC felt the need to step in. So, of course, they're now trying to work out guidelines for behavioral advertising. While I tend to be against putting in place gov't regulation where there's no evidence that it's necessary, I always find industries claiming that they'll "self-regulate" amusing. It's hard to see them coming up with guidelines that will satisfy people who believe their privacy is being violated. About the only way to do that would be to make such a service entirely opt-in -- and that seems unlikely (at best).
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    mkam, 19 Jan 2009 @ 6:06am

    Re: Solution

    I think mike said it when he said make the system opt-in. That way the people whose privacy you are violating at least made a conscious decision to have it done.

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