Google’s advertising tools will be able to block personalised ads

Websites and apps using Google’s advertising tools will be able to block personalised ads to internet users in California and elsewhere as part of the Alphabet unit’s effort to help them comply with the state’s new privacy law, it told clients this week.


California: The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which goes into effect on Jan. 1, requires large businesses to let consumers opt out of the sale of their personal data. Lobbying by internet companies earlier this year failed to have the law exclude personalised ads, leaving the most popular and lucrative online ads in jeopardy.Advertisers sometimes spend up to 10 times more money to place personalised ads, which take into account a consumer’s browsing history, interests and past behaviour when determining which message to display.

Websites and apps selling ads through Google tools such as AdSense and Ad Manager are not required to make significant changes under the company’s new compliance terms, which it posted online and sent to clients over the last three days.But ad sellers can choose to stop personalised ads either to all consumers with internet addresses originating in California or to any individual worldwide that blocks the sale of personal data.

Google said that when the “restricted data processing” is triggered, ads will only be based off general data such as the user’s city-level location or the subject of the page where the ad is appearing.

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