Google Complies with CCPA Law on Personalized Ads

Google is known for its user-first approach in many things they do. The company has continued with that approach by complying with CCPA’s strict personalized ads Law. In accordance with the California Privacy Law, Google has now allowed apps and websites to block personalized ads to internet users. This will affect residents in California and other places who are using the internet and assessing any of Google’s products. Google mentioned this week that it intends to comply with California’s new state’s law on consumer protection and privacy.

The CCPA is going into effect in January 1, 2019. The law gives consumers the right to opt-out of the sale of their data by large businesses. Earlier in the year, the large internet companies lobbied so that personalized ads will be excluded from the list. But the lobby failed, and the Law will be enacted in January next year.

Most times, internet advertisers spend a fortune to place personalized ads. They consider a lot of factors before deciding which message to display. Things like past consumer behavior, interests, and consumer’s browsing history are considered before the companies show the personalized ads the consumer can relate with.

But it seems this will be more difficult now, as consumers now have the right to block any personalized ads they don’t want.

Interpretation of the new law may hinder full adherence

Many may interpret the new law differently, which will pose a challenge for adherence. It is not clear how many advertisers and publisher clients may comply with the new restrictions, since there may be differences in the law’s interpretation. Google has not commented on whether there will be more explanations or amendments to the law to ensure full compliance.

With the new restrictions, the websites selling Google tools like Ad Manager and Adsense are not expected to make serious amendments regarding the new requirements. Google has already informed its partners and those using the tools affected by the restrictions. The internet giant stated that the change is not a major one that requires much policy overhaul. It will carry out a small update on the policy.

Ad sellers should not sell personalized ads to those that have already opted out or to internet users residing in California.

According to Google, when it triggers the restricted data processing policy, Google ads will not become too personal like in the past. Henceforth, ads will be restricted to the geographical location or the content on the page the user is viewing. This means advertisers using the platform will not be allowed to take the private information of the user, including their buying history and other personal information.

Also, Google does not intend to keep the user’s personal information for ads in the future. This may not be good news for advertisers who have benefited from personalized ads to make their marketing strategy more effective. Internet users are consumers, so they need to be protected, Google reiterated.

Google says it believes in its never sell personalized ad approach.  Users need to have rights on their personal information. And according to Google, it’s the company’s mission to comply with CCPA to allow consumers to enjoy that right.

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Ali Raza

A journalist, with experience in web journalism and marketing. Ali holds a master degree in finance and enjoys writing about cryptocurrencies and fintech. Ali’s work has been published on a number of cryptocurrency publications.

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