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Google May Replace Cookies With Unique AdIDs 147

Posted by timothy
from the would-smell-as-sweet dept.
markjhood2003 writes "According to a story published in USA Today, an anonymous source at Google familiar with the plan has revealed that Google is developing an anonymous identifier for advertising tracking, replacing the function of third party cookies currently used by most major advertisers. The new AdID supposedly gives consumers more privacy and control over their web browsing, but the ad industry is worried about putting more power in the hands of large technology companies. Sounds like the idea could have some promise, but at this point the proposal is not public so we will probably have to wait until Google reaches out to the industry, government and consumers to provide the details."
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Google May Replace Cookies With Unique AdIDs

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday September 20, 2013 @07:29PM (#44908893)

    Or take away their ability to block tracking as they can currently do with cookies? Article doesn't say much about how the new ID is supposed to work.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday September 20, 2013 @07:31PM (#44908899)

    You spelled AIDS wrong.

  • Awesome! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday September 20, 2013 @07:36PM (#44908919)

    Now how do i block them?

  • by kawabago (551139) on Friday September 20, 2013 @08:02PM (#44909081)
    They are always trying to sell me things I looked at but decided I didn't want, or things I already have. They seem to wait till I buy something, then try to sell me more of that. How many potato peelers do they expect me to buy?
  • by Seumas (6865) on Friday September 20, 2013 @08:33PM (#44909269)

    Anonymous identifier.

    Let's just say that repeatedly until the problem sinks into all of our brains.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday September 20, 2013 @08:47PM (#44909333)

    I don't actually have a problem with advertising in general.. it just seems to really suck.

    That's because you still think you can separate the act of advertising from the type of person who is attracted to the profession and desires to perform this sort of spying, deception, and manipulation.

    Once you realize this kind of reductionism is a self-limitation, you will understand how and why it sucks and why it's not going to be fixed. Advertising, marketing, and PR as we know them today are concepts that cannot be reformed. They are flawed and exploitative and easily abused at their core. No amount of tinkering will fix them. No one with the power to do so is motivated to fix it. Ergo they, as concepts and principles, must be rejected in their entirety.

  • by NoKaOi (1415755) on Friday September 20, 2013 @09:50PM (#44909589)

    ...would stink as bad. So all it really is is a cookie that's completely controlled by Google. Well played Google, well played.

  • by Dodgy G33za (1669772) on Saturday September 21, 2013 @12:05AM (#44910031)

    I don't actually have a problem with advertising in general.

    I do. At least the billboard / banner headline compete for eyeballs sort of stuff. Pre-Internet I can see that it had its place in letting people know that products existed. But now there are a plethora of ways that people can get their product known, so it is just one of those pointless activities that the rest of us have to pay for wrapped up in the product we buy, for no added value.

    Which is why I block the hell out off all advertising. When I want to buy something, I research and make my choice. When I am not buying I want products to keep the fuck out of my face.

  • by hairyfeet (841228) <.bassbeast1968. .at. .gmail.com.> on Saturday September 21, 2013 @02:30AM (#44910389) Journal

    THIS is why I'm against it as not only does it rob you of privacy but it DOESN'T EVEN WORK when it comes to targeting ads so its fucking pointless!

    The first time the whole "targeted ads" became a big thing I set up a browser at the shop with ZERO blocking, just so I could see if it actually worked. the results? Its actually WORSE than just picking ads based on what site they are on! For examples when my laptop was getting long in the tooth I decided to get an AMD netbook (as I had tried the Atom and it was painfully slow) so i did a little research and then for nearly 8 months I got nothing but ads for netbooks, long after I had quit searching for netbooks because i had bought one! My nephews use the shop PC only ONCE to find a release date for a game? i got console ads non stop for months, my mom when she came by the shop does a search to find out when the next book in a series comes out? Ditto.

    The sad part is when i blocked all the "targeting" the ads got BETTER because they had only what site i was on to go for! As someone who works retail this whole thing just baffles the shit out of me, basic common sense says if I'm reading an article about SSDs you should show me ads for...drumroll...SSDs! How hard is that? Instead I got ads for car insurance, cell phones, anything and everything EXCEPT what I was fricking reading about and thus shown I had interest in! The only one I have seen do it with any skill at all is Amazon with their "well people that looked at this often buy that, would you like to see that?" and a good 9 times out of 10 yes i WOULD like to see that, as its actually relevant to what I'm fricking looking at!

    This is why I'll block this crap just like I've blocked third party adverts, not because i give a crap if the ad company knows I'm pricing C2D chips for an upgrade for a customer but because the crap doesn't work. in a way it reminds me of the old MSN Search...anybody remember how badly that thing would guess? I'd have just done three searches looking for data storage so you would think when I typed in "D" it would give me data storage as the top option, right? instead it was like word salad, it would spew out "dog, delivery, dollar bills, duck ala orange!" and that is just what the targeted ads do only worse, as it'll ignore what I'm actively looking for and instead either give me ads for something I bought last year or ads for some stupid little thing I looked at once 6 months ago and promptly quit caring about. This entire thing is just dumb, doesn't increase the likelihood of getting a sale, and is generally a giant waste of time.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 21, 2013 @10:42AM (#44911827)

    It's all a conspiracy, huh? Forget that they already explained why, and anyone following their bug trackers can see that it's justified, AND the fact that it's still available if you want it, AND the fact that they aren't blocking NoScript. Nope, it's all a conspiracy.

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