HILTON AND MARRIOTT GATHER FIRST-PARTY DATA
First-party data is information that businesses get from visitors to their own website. Let's say you're a manufacturer and you sell widgets. If someone visits your website, you can use first-party data to keep advertising to that person even after they click away. That's called retargeting. Hilton, the hotelier with a variety of brands in its stable, launched its own data center for "advanced analytics and actionable insights" in 2017, and so did Marriott and its Starwood loyalty program.
GRINDR SHARED SECOND-PARTY DATA
CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA RUINS THIRD-PARTY DATA
CREATING CONSUMER PROFILES
FACEBOOK SETS THE STANDARD ...
... AND REVEALS HOW DATA BROKERS WORK
ACXIOM'S SINGLE SOURCE OF TRUTH
NORDSTROM WATCHES THE TRENDS
VIBER MINES YOUR ADDRESS BOOK
Viber, which allows its users to make free texts, has done a lot to redeem itself recently, such as promising extra security and assuring that data belongs only to users. But in the past the company has been blasted for storing unencrypted data on its servers instead of deleting it immediately, and it merges with address books and retains that info even after users disable access. While Viber promise not to sell information to third parties, it won't promise not to share it. Hmmm.
ADIDAS SHOWS THE RIGHT SHOES
COSTCO CHECKS YOUR SHOPPING LIST
BROWSING THE INTERNET COLLECTS COOKIES
WALMART OPTIMIZES PRICES
TARGET KNOWS BEFORE YOU DO
STORES KNOW THE FORECAST
MACY'S FOLLOWS YOUR PHONE
A phone's GPS is a tracking device. Walk into a store, let a phone pick up the Wi-Fi, and retailers can watch shopping behavior, literally following a person around to see how they react to merchandise. Some stores, such as Macy's, will even send "welcome" notifications to shoppers entering their store. The good news: It will also send discount coupons.