Most online adults (61%) say they're aware advertisers use their online browsing history to target ads to them, and roughly two-thirds (67%) say they are opposed to such tactics, even if those tactics help keep Web content free, according to a survey from Gallup and USA Today.
Younger Internet users (age 18-34) are more likely to approve of advertisers delivering behaviorally targeted ads to them (34%) and say free Web content is worth any such invasion of privacy (40%).
Similarly, affluent online adults (annual incomes of $75,000+) are also more likely to approve of such ads (35%), despite any invasion of privacy (40%).
Many Americans, however, are amenable to being tracked by advertisers they choose: 57% of online adults age 18-34 and 49% of those earning $75,000+ annually say they would allow advertisers of their choosing to target ads to them.
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In December 2010, the US Federal Trade Commission proposed a policy framework designed to balance consumers' privacy interests with those of digital advertisers. The framework suggests a "Do Not Track" mechanism—likely a setting on users' browsers—enabling consumers the choice of whether to allow the collection of data regarding their online searching and browsing activities.