The NebuAd solution, and others like it, have data privacy advocates up in arms, but NebuAd contends that it only captures general behavioral data, and adds that it stores no personally identifiable information on the customer. NebuAd also contends that no Web sites of an explicit nature are recorded and that it does not serve out ads of an explicit nature.
From a data harvesting perspective, it doesn't appear to me that NebuAd is doing anything different than other providers of behavioral marketing solutions. What's different here is that ISPs are now complicit and are generating revenue from sharing your personal surfing habits with the ad networks. In NebuAd's defense, it does require ISPs to disclose to customers that its solution is installed in their NOCs, but most customers report missing the extremely fine print that contains the disclosure.
Do you think we as customers should share in this extra revenue the ISPs are enjoying at our expense? Do you view this double dipping by ISPs as nefarious? And lastly, do most customers even care? We don't seem to mind when brick-and-mortar retailers record our shopping habits at the point of sale, but when it comes to the recording of our electronic shopping habits, there's a feeling of violation.
I'm interested in your input, so add a comment to this blog and let me know how you feel about this technology.