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If you’re doing well enough to keep up with the advances in ad tech, there’s likely one area that you’ve overlooked: Privacy Policies.
While you were Sleeping
Before you hit ‘Back’, consider all that has happened in recent times:
* Google updated their own new account T&Cs to declare to users they have dropped the wall the previously separating Google signed-in accounts and Analytics session data.
* Google Remarketing now includes stitched user data across devices thanks to this change.
* At Google’s recent Marketing Next Summit, they declared the end of last click, with their new data driven Google Attribution tool, allowing marketers greater transparency over the entire (including non-google) customer journey.
* In parallel, Facebook have been very busy incorporating their Atlas multi touch attribution ad tech, driven by Facebook user login data, into an all new feature of Business Manager to be called Advanced Measurement.
What does all this Ad up to?
Advertisers will soon have the ability to target and follow a *user* (not a cookie) across devices and channels, being measured every step of the way.
And from a user’s perspective: to an unprecedented level… of creep.
Users will no doubt be more and more surprised at how singularly they are being followed, and shocked at the data they thought was private. But they have unwittingly given away so they could be targeted to this level.
Let consumers know clearly what data of theirs you use and how you’re using it to avoid nasty surprises later on. Check out the full Google policy requirements here, and the full Facebook Lead Ad policy requirements here.
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