Digital advertising has been built on the ability to track individuals between sites in order to measure performance better, target more effectively and understand users more deeply. But in January 2020, following similar moves by Mozilla’s Firefox and Apple’s Safari, Google announced it would phase out the use of third-party cookies in its Chrome browser by 2022. IAB UK is involved with - and leading - a number of different workstreams to work towards a solution.
Collaboration towards a solution
We welcome this unique opportunity to find a new solution for establishing user identity online, in respect to advertising, and believe that collaboration will be critical - no single country or organisation will be able to deliver a solution alone. Read from our Head of Adtech, Tina Lakhani, how we’re approaching this critical area.
Our key principles for finding a solution
While we don’t claim to have the solution, IAB UK does have clear principles that we will use as our basis for developing solutions with our members. Ultimately, we want to build a sustainable future for digital advertising and any solution must align with that vision. Crucially, we believe that a sustainable, ad funded internet is one that:
Is transparent on what data is being collected, how it is being used, and by whom
Gives the user control of their data and prioritises privacy
Respects the consumer experience and does not support intrusive, annoying ads or excessive frequency
Allows for relevant ads to be shown to the user
Provides a fraud-free environment for advertisers
Gives advertisers the ability and control to protect their brand online
Supports quality journalism and accurate information in order to allow publishers to effectively monetise their content
Allows advertisers to understand the value of the vendors they are working with and gives them control over where their money is being spent
How you can get involved
IAB UK’s work to deliver a solution which works for our members is focused on three areas that we encourage members to get involved with. To be part of these working groups, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Project Rearc is a global call to action for stakeholders across the digital supply chain to re-think and re-architect digital marketing to support core industry use cases, while balancing consumer privacy and personalization.
Google Privacy Sandbox
Privacy Sandbox represents an alternative pathway that Google is providing for the ad industry to take, relying on anonymized signals (that are not cookies) within a person’s Chrome browser to profit from that user’s browsing habits.
Providing industry guidance
As well as feeding into these global initiatives, IAB UK will run working groups and events to develop short- and long-term guidance for our members and the wider industry, and to lead the UK response to a cookie-less future.