The trade organisation says the results will help it better promote the industry’s interests by explaining to lawmakers how these technologies are used in market research so as to differentiate it from marketing uses.
In a statement, Esomar says: “A handful of EU member states have implemented the EU’s e-Privacy Directive which includes new provisions on these techniques which has implications for online research. Some countries are requiring prior consent from computer users before cookies can be placed and the remaining EU countries will be passing legislation in the months to come.
“The Federal Trade Commission in the US is also under pressure to require more transparency and to gather consent for techniques that identify and/or track individual users online. This will affect all sectors, including market research.”
This week the FTC published proposed changes to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act that would require parental permission for a website to use tracking software to build a profile about a child and monitor their online activities for targeted marketing purposes. It also expands the definition of ‘personal information’ to include geolocation information and the persistent identifiers associated with mobile devices.
Consortium members Nick Doty and Thomas Roessler wrote in a blog post: “Our task here is to deliver a set of standards that enables individuals to express their preferences and choices about online tracking, and enables transparency concerning online tracking activities for users and the public alike.”
- The US House of Representatives yesterday held a hearing on the impact of EU privacy regulations are having on the digital economy and in particular US businesses. Click here for a report by the Marketing Research Association’s director of government affairs, Howard Fienberg.