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NebuAd suspends Web-monitoring plans

Secretive start-up reportedly puts on hold controversial plans to display ads based on the monitoring of Web activity.

By September 3, 2008


Embarq pressured by politicians over NebuAd

Three House members who have questioned the concept of Web monitoring to display relevant ads are questioning DSL provider Embarq. Their concern: Why not require customers to opt in?

By July 25, 2008


NebuAd grilled over hot coals in Congress on privacy

Start-up engaging in deep packet inspection to deliver relevant advertisements faces hostile questioning by politicians who demand an opt-in standard instead of NebuAd's current procedures.

By July 17, 2008


Senators fail to agree on privacy approach

During marathon hearing, politicians worry about everything from Facebook to peer-to-peer software, spam, NebuAd, cancer patients, and advertising, with no consensus on what to do next.

By July 28, 2010


Senate questions privacy impact of Web monitoring for ads

The practice of targeting ads by monitoring broadband customers' Web surfing is drawing fire on Capitol Hill. But NebuAd says what it's doing is entirely legal.

By July 9, 2008


Web monitoring for ads? It may be illegal

NebuAd and other companies have been offering broadband providers a way to monitor customers and display relevant ads. But the legality of it is anything but settled.

By May 19, 2008


Verizon: Put the brakes on broadband monitoring

The ISP itself does not engage in monitoring its customers to display relevant ads, but nevertheless suggests some guidelines on how it should be done.

By September 25, 2008


Verizon draws fire for monitoring app usage, browsing habits

"We're able to view just everything that they do," Verizon Wireless exec has boasted. Privacy groups say initiative -- including linking databases showing whether customers own pets -- may violate wiretap law.

By October 16, 2012


SOPA's latest threat: IP blocking, privacy-busting packet inspection

A little-noticed section of the Stop Online Piracy Act could require deep-packet inspection and blocking IP addresses of copyright-infringing Web sites, a significant change from earlier versions.

By November 18, 2011


Q&A with Charter VP: Your Web activity, logged and loaded

Charter exec Ted Schremp talks about the ISP's plan to "model" your online interests for ad purposes and also protect your privacy.

By May 15, 2008