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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

GOOGLE STARTS TRACKING OFFLINE SHOPPING — WHAT YOU BUY AT STORES IN PERSON




[5/23/17]  Google already monitors online shopping — but now it’s also keeping an eye on what people buy in physical stores as it tries to sell more digital advertising.
The Internet giant said Tuesday that a new tool will track how much money people spend in merchants’ bricks-and-mortar stores after clicking on their digital ads.
The analysis will be done by matching the combined ad clicks of people who are logged into Google services with their collective purchases on credit and debit cards. Google says it won’t be able to examine the specific items bought or how much a specific individual spent.
But even aggregated data can sometimes be converted back to data that can identify individuals, said Larry Ponemon, chairman of the Ponemon Institute privacy research firm.

Mining credit card data

Google says it has access to roughly 70% of U.S. credit and debit card transactions through partnerships with companies that track that data. By matching ad clicks with this data, Google says it can automatically inform merchants when their digital ads translate into sales at a physical store. Previously, if people clicked on an ad without buying anything online, an advertiser might conclude that the ad was a waste of money.
If the program works, it could help persuade merchants to boost their digital marketing budgets.
The data add to the digital dossiers that Google has compiled on users of its search engine and other services, including Gmail, YouTube and Android.
Sridhar Ramaswamy, Google’s senior vice president of ads and commerce, said the new tracking system was created in consultation with “incredibly smart people” to ensure it’s not invasive. He described the program as “secure and privacy safe.”
But Ponemon said that even if Google has good intentions now, companies and governments in the future might not.
The kinds of data that Google is collecting also could become an inviting target for hackers, said Miro Copic, a marketing professor at San Diego State University.
“The privacy implications of this are pretty massive, so Google needs to tread very carefully,” Copic said.

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