Have you ever been to a website, looked at some product — and then had that product follow you around the Internet. Well, some companies notice that you were shopping for those red pumps or new truck. So they put a “cookie” on your computer and soon ads for those products can follow you around the web. This article, “Retargeting Ads Follow Surfers to Other Sites” (New York Times, August 29, 2010) describes the phenomena.
What do you think? Is this too creepy? Should there be a “do not track” list — just like the “do not call” list for telemarketers?