Ex-NebuAd staff target behavioural data via websites
Titsup Phormalike UK team try again
As NebuAd dismantles itself in the US, the team who had hoped to launch its Phorm-like web monitoring and profiling system in the UK are preparing another behavioural targeting venture.
Insight Ready Limited was incorporated on March 25 by Paul Goad, the man who had been NebuAd's UK boss.
According to a source close to the new firm, Goad started Insight Ready with the blessing of what remained of NebuAd US, but the two firms have no business or technical relationship beyond having some of the same personnel.
Unlike NebuAd, Insight Ready will not seek to collect data from inside ISP networks. Instead, when it launches "in several weeks", it will aim to collect behavioural data in partnership with website owners. The data will be "anonymised" and sold on to ad networks, with the cash split between websites and Insight Ready.
It will be closer to a "traditional" behavioural targeting system than to the deep packet inspection-dependent plans of NebuAd and Phorm.
The new business may still prove controversial however. It's understood behavioural data will be collected via code embedded in an "invisible pixel" on websites. European regulators have recently said that explicit, informed consent must be a part of all behavioural targeting systems.
Insight Ready believes its model means sites that do not carry advertising will still be able to make money by selling data on their users to others. Our source couldn't say what data will be collected or how exactly it will be processed.
We'll seek further details of Insight Ready's technology at a meeting planned for next week. ®
Well blow me away...
I mean, it's not like anyone else is doing something similar, is it, so they're bound to be a resounding success with such an original idea.
I find it hard to believe a way of blocking this won't be found in about 10 minutes, and any view of the web they did have would be patchy and highly selective. And any site that gets caught doing it is going to be a bit of a pariah, given their origins.
How long till pricks like this are forced to resort to staring through bedroom windows and writing URLs down in a note book?
Goad can FOAD
That is all.
Still Scumbags but...
At least it's not in the ISP, I have far less problem with this than intra-ISP spyware like Phorm and how NebuAd worked.