How 'cookie matching' at Google caused an ad tech divide

Google's most vocal critics have caused a schism among the ad-tech community: One group led by Brave, a rival web browser, claims to have analyzed Google's ad exchange and found sneaky data-sharing with partners. Meanwhile, Google's defenders say rivals are being alarmist about a common industry practice known as “cookie matching,” which is a fundamental component of harnessing data to power internet ad auctions. At the center of the dispute is a study released last week by Brave, which claimed that Google was creating “secret” web pages to share data with its ad-exchange partners. One of those partners, OpenX, has now weighed in saying the study was flawed after it was accused of creating “workarounds” to share data with its partners. What’s not up for debate, though, is that even if “cookie matching” is not new, the practice is being challenged under the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation. If it is forbidden it would have serious consequences for “real-time bidding,” which is the most common way ads get served online. “Cookie matching is definitely essential for real-time bidding to make sense,” says Christoph Tavan, chief technology officer at Content Pass, a Berlin-based company that helps digital publishers develop new paths to making money as the web becomes tougher terrain. The EU is investigating whether Google is in compliance with its rules, which mandate that companies have direct consent from the end user to collect their data. Some argue that... Continue reading at 'Advertising Age'

[ Advertising Age | 2019-09-09 16:35:44 UTC ]
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