TransUnion Purchases CDP-like Signal

We originally classified Signal as a Customer Data Platform, but the company repositioned as an identity resolution system so we took them at their word. New management has since pivoted back in the CDP direction although they don’t use the term. It’s now moot, since they were just purchased by data collection giant TransUnion, which describes them as a tool for real-time data collection and customer data management.

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LiveIntent and FullContact Partner for Cross-Channel Identity Resolution

August 17, 2020

Right on cue, here’s another report on vendors vying to replace those much-lamented third party cookies. Email ad platform LiveIntent is partnering with identify resolution vendor FullContact to createa a privacy-safe ID that tracks consumers across channels. LiveIntent is working hard at this: you may recall it has previously announced related alliances with Kochava and RubiconProject.

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Google Kills FLoC, Runs Out of Bird Metaphors, Offers Topics API

January 26, 2022

Google has given up on its FLoC cookie-less targeting initiative, which faced insurmountable privacy objections. The replacement, which mercifully does not reference anything bird-related, is Topics API, which will offer three recent interests for each individual based on sites they have recently visited.  The loss in targeting and tracking power is so huge that you wonder if Google is purposely showing what tighter privacy is costing the industry. Or maybe they’re just kneecapping competitors.

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