Just an Online Minute... DC's New Ad Policy
As you may remember, the investigation stemmed from DoubleClick's announcement in early 2000 that it would use personal profiles to match ads with consumers' surfing habits. Various litigants and the FTC quickly pounced on the issue, causing DoubleClick to quickly abandon the plan. The company subsequently agreed to adopt privacy disclosure standards and pay $1.8 million in legal fees to settle the related class action lawsuit.
Apparently, DoubleClick is also working on a cookie viewer that will allow any given Web surfer to see the interest categories the company uses in tailoring ads that surfer views.
Privacy advocates, naturally, are happy with the deal, saying the settlement will serve as a precedent for other advertisers who want to avoid similar investigations. Also, New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, whose office led the original probe, said the settlement could “help rebuild confidence in e-commerce.”
Let's hope he's right.