Advertiers Concerned Over Explorer Default Do-Not-Track
Say default setting in Internet browser may narrow scope of consumer choices
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 6/1/2012 9:36:09 AM
Microsoft, Mozilla and others have committed to the Obama Administration that they would support a do-not-track browser option also supported by the Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA), but the default setting takes it up a notch.
"[W]e hope that many consumers will see this value and make a conscious choice to share information in order to receive more personalized ad content," said Brendon Lynch, chief privacy officer, Microsoft. "For us, that is the key distinction. Consumers should be empowered to make an informed choice and, for these reasons, we believe that for IE10 in Windows 8, a privacy-by-default state for online behavioral advertising is the right approach."
Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), who co-chairs the Congressional Privacy Caucus and has sponsored a do-not-track kids bill, was pleased, but wanted more.
"Microsoft is taking an important first step towards greater privacy protections for consumers by making â€˜Do Not Track' the default for its new browser," he said, but added. "It is my hope that Microsoft and other companies will go further in the future, so that Do Not Track also means â€˜Do Not Collect,' giving consumers the ability to say no to both targeted advertising and collection of their personal data."
Caucus Co-Chair Joe Barton (R-Tex.), called it a good first step. "I applaud Microsoft for their announcement of implementing the ‘Do-Not-Track' signal into their browser by default," Barton said in a statement. "Every future Internet Explorer user will now have greater control over their privacy and have the ability to opt-in to being tracked online. This is a step in the right direction and an acknowledgement by the company that users want control of their personal information. I strongly believe that it is not acceptable to invade the privacy of others at their own expense."
Online advertisers were troubled. "The DAA is very concerned that this unilateral decision by one browser maker -- made without consultation within the self-regulatory process -- may ultimately narrow the scope of consumer choices, undercut thriving business models, and reduce the availability and diversity of the Internet products and services that millions of American consumers currently enjoy at no charge," said the group in a statement.
So were advertisers in general. "Microsoft, which had been an active participant in the DAA's finely tuned Self-Regulatory Program regarding data collection and interest-based advertising, acted irresponsibly through its unilateral action to embed ‘Do Not Track' functionality into Internet Explorer 10 with a default setting in the ‘on' position," said Bob Liodice, president of the Association of National Advertisers, in a statement. "Microsoft's decision, made without industry discussion or consensus, undercuts years of tireless, collaborative efforts across the business community -- efforts that were recently heralded by the White House and Federal Trade Commission as an effective way to educate consumers and address their concerns regarding data collection, targeted advertising and privacy. "
since when did advertising lobbyists give a $h!t about a consumer.
"self-regulatory" my (|)
steve - 6/1/2012 11:33:14 AM EDT
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