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Study: Ad Networks Not Honoring Do-Not-Track 133

Posted by Soulskill
from the show-of-hands-who-is-surprised dept.
itwbennett writes "According to a new study from Stanford University's Center for Internet Society, almost half of the Network Advertising Initiative (NAI) members that Stanford studied left tracking cookies in place after a Web user opted out of targeted ads. NAI's executive director said that with no consensus on what do-not-track means, ad networks continue to gather data for business reasons other than providing targeted advertising. 'Under the NAI self-regulatory code, companies commit to providing an opt out to the use of online data for online behavioral advertising purposes,' Curran said. 'But the NAI code also recognizes that companies sometimes need to continue to collect data for operational reasons that are separate from ad targeting based on a user's online behavior.'"
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Study: Ad Networks Not Honoring Do-Not-Track

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  • by Nursie (632944) on Friday July 15, 2011 @01:34PM (#36777456)

    These are three things I like.

    You can probably still track me if I visit you site, but I'm damned if I'm going to help you.

  • by Attila Dimedici (1036002) on Friday July 15, 2011 @01:37PM (#36777500)
    Unlike the government the 'invisible hand' is not watching our back. Of course, the reason the government is watching our back is because it is looking for an opportune time to stick a knife in it.
  • by CelticWhisper (601755) <celticwhisper@gmail . c om> on Friday July 15, 2011 @01:39PM (#36777536)
    For those people who tried to argue against Adblock and other tools to help users control how their information is used and how their browsing experience plays out, this should take the wind out of their sails at least a little. Browser developers and advertising companies came up with a standard for not tracking the users who don't want to be tracked and the ad companies promptly turned around and fucked those users over. Why should we respect the wishes of marketers who don't want us blocking ads now?
  • by jazman_777 (44742) on Friday July 15, 2011 @01:40PM (#36777562) Homepage
    The government will stab you in the back. Globalist multinationals will stab you in the front. It's a two-headed monster.
  • by maxume (22995) on Friday July 15, 2011 @01:47PM (#36777666)

    There is no need to justify Adblock or the like, an http request is just a request for some information, it is not a promise to treat that information in a certain way.

  • Re:well duh (Score:5, Insightful)

    by circletimessquare (444983) <circletimessquare&gmail,com> on Friday July 15, 2011 @02:26PM (#36778232) Homepage Journal

    capitalism promotes maximal market function, which results in maximum financial yields. this is good. capitalism will also happily market baby organ donation and human slavery as well. this is bad

    pure capitalism then is a form of evil. capitalism is a great beast. it must be harnessed and yoked and it must be controlled and it must be tightly curtailed. or it will run roughshod over your society

    having said all this, noncapitalistic societies are doomed to grinding poverty. so you NEED capitalism. you just need to keep the great beast harnessed under a strong yoke

  • by amn108 (1231606) on Friday July 15, 2011 @03:38PM (#36779210)

    I don't get all the hype with the Do-Not-Track, because from the beginning, I had zero faith in the method. Frankly, it's almost funny to read this now, when I knew this to be exactly what would happen. If not worse.

    I mean, do you trust in a sign you'd put up on your front door, saying "Do not rob"? Thought so.

    On Internet anno 2011, in the world we live in, with the kind of overpopulation and hunt for resources and money, the kiddie stuff that is "Do not track" does not work, at least not for your common greyzone law hustlers. The thinking needs to go in to other places, like a comfortable cookie policy that can also communicate to and from the user. So that people save some cookies they want, and reject the others. I could go on and on, but it's not really that hard, but I am surprised this "Do not track" thing has gotten so far off the ground. One would think it'd die in infancy, like all the other obviously lousier ideas.

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