Joined: 06 Jun 09
03 Dec 10 6:36 am
MORE FTC regulations on the way - can't be good!! :(
Have you seen the following press release about a newly proposed "do not track mechanism" for browsers, sponsored by the FTC "people"? For Pete's sake, haven't the FTC heard of "privacy statements"?? Haven't they heard about the generous refund schemes alot of affiliate networks offer?? Unbelievable... There is an obvious insinuation by the FTC that the average computer user only has half a brain.http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2010/12/privacyreport.shtm
This news does not sound good for us. When explicitly confronted with a choice (via such a "system") most users will definitely opt out of being tracked. That's a gimmee. We can bank on that.
Kind of makes me think how many of us are basing our livelihoods, futures and dreams on cookies...
Then overnight, it will most likely all disappear... as it is surely will do - because this FTC report and it's recommendations have apparently already been passed.
Look, I'm not usually negative but this makes me think we are kind of wasting our time and resources on affiliate marketing. I can't see a lot of people batting for us either - super affiliates (and I'm speaking very generally here) or otherwise. Where is our voice?? Where is our representation?? What do we do next?? :( With all the wealth and resources super affiliates and these mega wealthy affiliate networks have access to, does anyone know if they have formed any kind of representative body to fight these stupid laws? What voice, what chance do us little guys have?
Okay that's my whinge for the day... Comments, criticisms, reassurance please guys?