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A group of B2B publishers and ad tech firms are banding together to curtail the harvesting of publisher-specific data from online ad auctions by third-parties, a practice they argue is an unauthorized breach which places their relationships with their audiences at risk. Referred to as data leakage, some bad faith media buyers are taking advantage of poorly regulated ad exchanges to extract detailed datasets on publishers' audiences, intended to inform the real-time bidding process, and using that audience data to create competitive offerings that can target the same users elsewhere on the web, the publishers say. "Bidstream data is needed within the programmatic ecosystem as part of the decision making process," Matthew Yorke, chief digital officer at Northstar Travel Group, explains to Folio:. "The problem is when it is then used beyond that bid or impression. Publishers have spent years and decades building direct relationships with their audiences on trust. This is not what the publishers or audience agreed to and is damaging to both parties. Nefarious actors are in effect taking the data beyond its use on the impression bid." Northstar was one of 18 companies that signed an "Open Letter to the Digital Advertising Industry" issued by media auditor BPA Worldwide on Tuesday, calling for an industry-wide conversation around data leakage, which the letter said constitutes "a significant data breach by companies gaining access to the real-time bidding  infrastructure for... Continue reading at 'Folio Magazine'

[ Folio Magazine | 2020-06-17 21:29:40 UTC ]
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