LONDON: Google says it won't develop new ways to follow individual users across the Internet after it phases out existing ad-tracking technology from its Chrome browser, a change that could shake up the online advertising industry. Google says it's taking the move to protect user privacy. It's part of a broader shift in the industry as marketers such as Apple and regulators in the UK, US and elsewhere increasingly are seeking ways to phase out more egregious data collection practices. Still, there are concerns that it will add to the tech giant's already dominant power in online advertising. And the change won't affect Google's largest advertising moneymakers: Search and YouTube. "There's a growing idea that if you can't persuade consumers to part with their data willingly, you probably don't deserve it," said Brian Wieser, global president of business intelligence at media agency GroupM. "Consumers are more aware of their data being used unwittingly. Brands (thinking long term) are asking 'do you really want to irritate consumers with messages that create a perception of privacy being violated in some form?' No." The digital giant already said it would remove so-called third party cookies from Chrome. Those are snippets of code used… Read full this story
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