FTC Proposes Limits to “Behavioral Targeting”
Some pro-privacy activist groups are attacking the practice, which allows advertisers to increase revenue by pushing ads relevant to a person’s browsing history, arguing that over time individual profiles could reveal a person’s identity. However, several industries, such as the news media, oppose the new guidelines, maintaining that these types of practices are necessary to keep content free during their transition to the internet. While the FTC guidelines would be voluntary, some states may follow suit with mandatory laws, making some nervous that the already low returns on internet ads could fall even further.
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