BT Watch: Tell me, is it the cookie or You that online marketers are “packaging” for targeting

How long can they get away with the “it’s anonymous” cover story as they identify, analyze, track and target our online interests and behaviors? Excerpt from Media magazine: “behavioral segmentation refers to a media seller’s packaging of groups of cookies who have visited sites (other than the client’s own) that suggest a need or receptivity for the client’s category of product. For example, all cookies that have visited automotive-related sites over the last 60 days may be packaged as a segment of people likely to be in the market for a new car…Predictive targeting uses more than behavior data…It uses mathematical algorithms to predict what a user will most likely interact with, and then learns and is adjusted based on the actual results...It is based on cataloging what a user has done in the past.”

source: Taking Measure: Savor the Flavor. John Nardone. May 2008

Author: jeff

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.

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