You are misinformed.
Originally posted by Senduko
Now I don't mind coockies, I prefer sites not having them, but since I do my fair share of webdevelopment I know these are often cricital in making
It doesn't seem like you're familiar with how cookies work.
DoubleClick is often linked with the controversy over spyware
Cookies are not spyware. Wikipedia contains lots and lots of bad information.
DoubleClick has also been criticized for misleading users by offering an opt-out option that is insufficiently effective.
Any opt-out is technically silly. Can you explain how an ad network would know you've opted out of their cookies, without setting a cookie?
DoubleClick does not allow users to opt out of IP address-based tracking.
It's been a long, long time since an IP was ever considered personally identifiable information.
DoubleClick with MSN were shown serving malware via drive-by download exploits by a group of attackers for some time in December 2010.
(3.5 years old!) That was because DoubleClick was working with RightMedia, a real-time ad bidding platform that allowed anyone with a credit cart to
initiate an ad campaign. Attackers were using stolen credit cards to target legitimate seeming to sites like MSN by using a high real-time bid that
fit the impression profile of MSN on the DoubleClick network. After a few hours, the banner ads would be replaced with those containing malicious
1) DoubleClick no longer accepts real-time bidding platforms that don't constantly scan ads through one of the trusted vendors for doing so.
2) RightMedia (now YieldManager platform) now has a three-level authenticity check for new advertisers.
(we got hit with malicious ads via RightMedia at the time, and dropped them completely)
Its one thing to take my info while browsing your website,
No one is taking your info.
I do not like that fact ATS took the liberty to make this decision on my behalf.
clearly linked at the bottom of every
So this add what you wanna call it will be following me around the web no matter where i go.
You're misinformed. That's not how it works.
The Above Network (owners of ATS) are members of the Interactive Advertising Bureau, and are on record as signing their code of ethics. We also
clearly display the Ad Choices
link on every page, and only use
networks that comply with the policies of the Ad Choices initiative, and the Interactive Advertising Bureau.
In the past, I've personally created ad serving technologies. So I know very well how it all works, and the horrible amount of misinformation about
cookies and ad targeting being perpetuated by the "anti-bad-ware" industry. Ghostery among them.