I’ve made a website. It’s called Stop Targeting Ads at Me.
It’s a collection of links and instructions to turn off targeting of ads and/or data collection that helps advertisers target ads on all sorts of websites, apps, and devices.
Some people would prefer that data about who they are and what they do isn’t used to advertise things to them. This website is for those people.
I’ve described what the site’s about on the About page so take a look there if you’re interested.
This is a personal project and I’ve just started telling people about it. If you visit the site AT ALL (even if it’s just for a few seconds and then you close the tab), let me know. I’d love to talk to you about it. Either email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me on Twitter at @_edjw.
Much bigger questions are out there about ad targeting.
For example, is it reasonable to expect people to spend their time and energy doing these things below just to avoid having data about them used to target ads at them?
- Find out/realise ad targeting is going on
- Find out that they can opt out of targeting at all
- Find the way to opt out on each individual website, app, and service they use
- Actually opt out on every individual website, app, and service they use
These are a lot of steps to take. The website helps but it still takes ordinary people way too much of their limited time and energy to do all this.
And that’s before we even get in to the worst offenders on user interface dark patterns that dissuade people from turning off the ad targeting (Yahoo/Oath, Facebook, and Twitter ...looking at you). I’ll write those up at some point.