Notes from the Electronic Cottage 12/30/21: Surveillance Advertising

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

In a factsheet entitled “Surveillance Advertising: What Is It?” the Consumer Federation of America defines the term, and then lists a number of problems with Surveillance Advertising. It’s sobering reading. It also asserts that there is not a lot that individual online users can do about it on their own. In the absence of a national privacy law in the US, other suggestions for dealing with Surveillance Advertising have been offered. We’ll begin to take a look at some of them today.

Here are links to the documents mentioned in today’s program:

Surveillance Advertising Factsheet

Value of the Choice Requirement Remedy

About the host:
Jim Campbell has a longstanding interest in the intersection of digital technology, law, and public policy and how they affect our daily lives in our increasingly digital world. He has banged around non-commercial radio for decades and, in the little known facts department (that should probably stay that way), he was one of the readers voicing Richard Nixon’s words when NPR broadcast the entire transcript of the Watergate tapes. Like several other current WERU volunteers, he was at the station’s sign-on party on May 1, 1988 and has been a volunteer ever since doing an early stint as a Morning Maine host, and later producing WERU program series including Northern Lights, Conversations on Science and Society, Sound Portrait of the Artist, Selections from the Camden Conference, others that will probably come to him after this is is posted, and, of course, Notes from the Electronic Cottage.