With Google’s announcement on alternative identifiers, first-party data remains king

Last week, Google published a blog post detailing their position on leveraging alternative user-level identifiers once third-party cookies are deprecated, noting their consumer privacy concerns and how such an identifier would be used in their proprietary advertising technology platforms. The biggest takeaway from the announcement is that Google does not intend to directly use alternative user-level identifiers that track individuals across sites within the company’s product portfolio.  

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