Online Advertising is a broad term used to describe the paid advertising that publishers put on their websites to enable them to provide you content and services for free. But what most people hear about is a specific type of online advertising that is tailored to your likely interests by companies promoting their products or services. This is known as Interest-Based Advertising (IBA) or Online Behavioral Advertising (OBA).
With Interest-Based Advertising, NAI member companies help advertisers show relevant ads -- matching ads with broad interest categories or groups like "male clothing shoppers ages 25-34" or "car buyers in Illinois."
NAI members distinguish between visitors to a site, assigning them to broad interest category groups using information such as the types of websites or pages visited. For NAI members, Interest-Based Advertising is not about you as an identifiable individual.
Interest-Based Advertising helps support sites you visit so that you can enjoy free content from news to sports scores to recipes. At the same time, Interest-Based Advertising helps advertisers reach the right people for their product/services.
You, as a consumer, have several choices to control the collection and use of information about your web browsing activities. You are in the driver’s seat.