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"Consent is Unattainable" for Programmatic Advertising in the GDPR era

Consent "will not work" for programmatic advertising or sold directly under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

That's the conclusion of Johnny Ryan, the ecosystem manager of the anti-blocking solutions provider PageFair. His practice has spent the last two years trying to understand how GDPR is supposed to work, given the current digital advertising environment.

With a few exceptions, he noted, GDPR states that publishers and advertisers must obtain the consent of each user to use their personal data to target advertisements.

Personal data includes all information that can be used to help identify an individual; for GDPR, which includes IP addresses and navigation tracks, as well as e-mail addresses. And the consent must detail each use, which according to PageFair is at least 10 different opt-ins for digital ads, including displaying relevant ads, creating a profile based on your browsing habits, see if you have interacted with an ad And so on.

"Consent is the only possible basis [for targeted digital advertising]," Ryan told me, "but it's impractical."

[Read the full article on MarTech Today.]

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Barry Levine covers marketing technology for Third Door Media. Previously, he covered this space as a senior writer for VentureBeat, and he has written on these topics and other technologies for publications such as CMSWire and NewsFactor. He founded and directed the website / unit at PBS Thirteen / WNET; worked as a senior online producer / screenwriter for Viacom; created a successful interactive game, PLAY IT BY EAR: the first CD game; founded and directed an independent cinema showcase, CENTER SCREEN, based at Harvard and M.I.T .; and served more than five years as a consultant to the M.I.T. Media Lab. You can find it on LinkedIn, and on Twitter at xBarryLevine.

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