reply to Blackbird
Re: Privacy implications? At least they split the pipe when they give all of our data to the NSA. This crap would have to be in line, adding to the latency numbers both upstream (to track clicks) and downstream (to add targeted adds). So it's not only a disgusting invasion of privacy, it is degrading the service.
If the US Postal Service tried a stunt like this, checking the addresses of the bills we pay, then plastering adds on the mail we receive, we would be tripping over the heads rolling. It is sad that the leadership of this country understands so little about technology that they freely allow one, yet would never stand for the other. Ahh, I am so forgetful in my old age, the USPS doesn't employ lobbyists, do they?