Have you followed the debate over the Federal Trade Commission's do-not-track proposal for online ads? Do you have an informed point of view on its implementation and potential impact? If so, ClickZ would like to help your voice be heard.
Last week the FTC issued a preliminary report creating a privacy framework for businesses and policy makers. If adopted in its current form, the document could pave the way for a legislated do-not-track option for Internet users. That in turn could have big consequences for the young digital ad sector.
The FTC is now soliciting comments from interested parties, and ClickZ is planning to submit a feedback document by the January 31 deadline -- consisting of the views of our contributors and you, our readers. Our comments will focus in particular on the do-not-track mechanism. And we will approach the process with a neutral stance; that is, we are not reflexively for or against do-not-track.
We ask that interested readers do the following:
1) Read the FTC's related report, "Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change." (PDF download). Pay special attention to pages 63 to 69, dealing with do-not-track.
2) Read the below section, "FTC Questions for Comment." These are the specific queries the FTC has issued and would like feedback on. Your comments should be written in the form of answers to one or more of these questions.
3) For context, you can also read our related coverage:
Please limit your written comments to 1,000 words or less. When ready, submit them to us via e-mail at FTCfeedback@clickz.com. Our editors are on hand to answer any questions you may have about the process. We must receive your submission by January 15, two weeks before the submission deadline, to leave enough time to read and compile them. If we use your comments, we will cite you and/or your company directly.
In late winter and early spring, the FTC will consider your words as it drafts a revised report for release later this year. This report could be the foundation for future legislation, and could influence the way ad targeting works on the Internet going forward.
FTC Questions for Comment
Before sending ClickZ your comments, please read the following list of questions, along with the relevant passages of the FTC's related report beginning on page 63. Responses that speak directly to these questions will receive higher consideration by our staff and the FTC. When possible, please back up your statements with evidence.
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Until March 2012, Zach Rodgers was managing editor of ClickZ's award-winning coverage of news and trends in digital marketing. He reported on the rise of web companies, data markets, ad technologies, and government Internet policy, among other subjects.
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