Privacy issues out in the open in today's NYT

Consumer privacy issues are all over today's New York Times -- in a frontpage piece about personalized cellphone advertising (heavily featuring solution provider Quattro Wireless) and in a business section article about behavioral targeting (how Google will begin showing ads based on the searcher's previous online activities).

These are issues that we cover regularly here at DMNews -- but for the average NYT reader, some of the "revelations" uncovered will be a surprise. The question is, how much of a concern are these issues for consumers? At the moment, it seems like behavioral targeting is the bigger worry among privacy advocates, but with more and more consumers using smartphones, I assume that more will demand a better understanding about what they are opting-in for.

As Mike Wehrs, the chief executive of the Mobile Marketing Association, says, mobile is an "amazingly fast-moving industry." It remains to be seen whether mobile -- or online advertising, for that matter -- can keep up with both the marketing opportunities and the consumer privacy issues at hand.
You must be a registered member of Direct Marketing News to post a comment.
close

Next Article in Direct Line Blog

Sign up to our newsletters

Latest Jobs:


Company of the Week


As the leading source for direct marketing youth data, ASL Marketing connects your brand to consumers with extensive and unparalleled industry expertise in data content, aggregation and analytics of the youth, young adult and student demographics. We provide access to the most comprehensive, response driven youth database available - over 175 million active high school, college and young adult consumers and their parents. We offer custom solutions devised to meet your specific target and goal. Our data customization allows you to pinpoint your audience by selecting by age, ethnicity, grad year, etc... Our clients range across all industries including Financial Services, Technology, Health & Beauty, Retail, Educational Services, Recruitment, and more.