Marketing Industry Leader dismisses new self-reg program for online behavioral targeting. Merely a “stop-gap” and “partial solution” measure

Jack Myers is a long-time leader in the marketing and ad industry.  Writing today on the new FTC report, Myers explains that “The recently implemented Forward i logo, while ambitious and well-intentioned, is a stop-gap measure intended to demonstrate to federal regulators and Congress that the industry can police itself.  Ultimately, the solution is likely to evolve to a universal opt-out model combined with a requirement that consumers proactively override their opt-out choice on a one-by-one basis – essentially a reversal of existing self-regulation…the industry cannot continue to assume that partial solutions will meet the requirements of regulators.

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Jeff Chester is executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy. A former journalist and filmmaker, Jeff's book on U.S. electronic media politics, entitled "Digital Destiny: New Media and the Future of Democracy" was published by The New Press in January 2007. He is now working on a new book about interactive advertising and the public interest.