IAB Tech Lab highlights ongoing concerns for Google's Privacy Sandbox

28/06/2024 | MediaPost

The final report of the Fit Gap Analysis released by the IAB Tech Lab's Privacy Sandbox Task Force reveals concerns remain about the potential impact of Privacy Sandbox on the digital media industry and Google. According to the task force, the Privacy Sandbox could limit the industry's capability to deliver targeted advertising, posing a significant risk to smaller media companies and brands. Anthony Katsur, CEO of IAB Tech Lab, previously described this initiative as a "massive sea-change" and a "radical departure from the past three decades" in how the media industry targets advertisements to consumers.

In related news, Business Insider (£) reports two leading adtech companies, Index Exchange and Criteo, have expressed concerns about the Privacy Sandbox following extensive testing, indicating that the proposed cookie-replacement plan is not yet ready for implementation, despite being announced four years ago. Index Exchange's findings revealed a 33% decline in cost per mille (CPMs)—mille is Latin for thousand—for Privacy Sandbox-enabled impressions compared to those with third-party cookies. Similarly, Criteo highlighted a projected 60% decline in publishers' Chrome ad revenue if cookies were disabled. Both companies have raised issues regarding the potential impact on the programmatic ecosystem and offered recommendations for improvement. 

Google, however, maintains that the current findings may not accurately reflect overall performance and highlights the need for expansion and adoption of third-party cookieless traffic for a true marketplace assessment.

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