Ford Motor Company
The Internet Education Group
Silicon Graphics, Inc.
How do we deliver tailored content to users while protecting their privacy? The Open Profiling Standard  is geared toward gathering marketing demographics, while information on an individual user is encrypted. A central clearinghouse can then provide a demographic report back to content providers, without compromising the user. Giving users granular control of what a site knows about them will head off even more abuse. Profiling oriented towards interests and education, such as Geek Codes , can enable site managers to better target their products, while not exposing personal information such as address/ZIP, which is still state of the art for advertisers and online services.
OSCC is an enabling technology for even more personalized websites and a better return on investment, however, electronic privacy advocates have immediate and valid concerns which make implementation challenging. Technologies like DoubleClick have already shown the potential for abuse . OSCC was envisioned as a way of providing profiling information without unduly compromising privacy. We need to continue work on this topic, or market forces like CyberPromo  will drive a solution for us as we deliver more tailored content via the Web.
 Netscape/Verisign Open Profiling Standard at http://developer.netscape.com/ops/proposal.html
 The Geek Code at http://krypton.mankato.msus.edu/~hayden/geek.html
 Cookie security risks at http://www.genome.wi.mit.edu/WWW/faqs/wwwsf7.html#Q65
 CyberPromo "Spam Iz Gud" at http://www.cyberpromo.com/
creation: 22 Feb 97
last update:14 Aug 97