Why limit this to just advertisers? Why NOT allow users to opt out of sharing any/all of their meta data? Will this also work for mobile too?
@Michael - Great idea, I would love to see that made possible. Perhaps this idea would be better implemented as its own extension.
I would think the Adblock extension would be far more effective, as it stops the connection outright, rather than trusting something on the other end to "do the right thing".
To simply answer all questions above:You can't please everyone all at once.To further simplify that:You can't please everyone.Adblock relies on a constantly changing blacklist of sites known to serve not only tracking cookies, but also drive-by downloads. Keeping such a huge blacklist in memory serves much less purpose (resource-wise) when you can retain your (much smaller) opt-out settings for the biggest ad networks across browser sessions and even after clearing cookies.
The few extra resources that Adblock uses for its "huge" blacklist is more than made up for by all the annoying ads and unwanted content it blocks. I much prefer the idea that these ad sites don't even know I exist to begin with, rather than putting faith in them to follow through on what's essentially a promise.
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Who cares about the billions of companies who rely on advertising revenues to pay salaries and finance the content that we all enjoy? As long as Google creates another positive PR story. ;)[Apologies for the multiple posts; Blogger doesn't provide very clear confirmation when a comment has been submitted.]
How is this different from Abine TACO?
Will this also stop Google Analytics tracking those users visits or it will work only for advertisement purposes?
As an attorney who protects the privacy interests of its clients, I believe this is a step in the right direction. Of course there are tools (e.g., Peerblock, JonDo, etc.) that protect an internet user's activities better than others, but I am happy Google, Inc. and the other companies are taking steps to protect its users' privacy interests.-Rob Cashman, OwnerCashman Law Firm, PLLChttp://torrentlawyer.wordpress.com
Too Little, too late.How are we to trust a feature like this when everyone knows...everyone KNOWS, your business depends on tracking our every move.
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