Friday, March 13, 2009

We Know What You Like

Received this in my inbox this evening. Does this mean I'm going to be inundated by ads for 16th century neo-Latin alchemy texts and Ancient Greek digitization projects? Or will it be counterbalanced by a healthy does of adverts from educational policy-wonk think tanks and ed tech graduate programs?

This is precisely why people get freaked out by technology. For goodness sake, this is a bad idea.


We're writing to let you know about the upcoming launch of interest-based advertising, which will require you to review and make any necessary changes to your site's privacy policies. You'll also see some new options on your Account Settings page.

Interest-based advertising will allow advertisers to show ads based on a user's previous interactions with them, such as visits to advertiser website and also to reach users based on their interests (e.g. "sports enthusiast"). To develop interest categories, we will recognize the types of web pages users visit throughout the Google content network. As an example, if they visit a number of sports pages, we will add them to the "sports enthusiast" interest category. To learn more about your associated account settings, please visit the AdSense Help Center at

As a result of this announcement, your privacy policy will now need to reflect the use of interest-based advertising. Please review the information at to ensure that your site's privacy policies are up-to-date, and make any necessary changes by April 8, 2009. Because publisher sites and laws vary across countries, we're unfortunately unable to suggest specific privacy policy language.

For more information about interest-based advertising, you can also visit the Inside AdSense Blog at

We appreciate your participation and look forward to this upcoming enhancement.


The Google AdSense Team

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1 comment:

  1. Interesting...none of the links work. There was no announcement made by AdSense in the last week. This e-mail sounds phishy.


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