Federal, state and consumer discomfort with Google Inc, Yahoo Inc and other companies tracking consumers' online behavior could slow the growth of Internet advertising, a financial services research group said in a report on Wednesday. The organization, Stanford Group Co, cited moves by the state legislatures in New York and Connecticut to ensure consumers' privacy online; the Federal Trade Commission's call for industry self-regulation; and complaints by lawmakers as signs that the advertising model may face some controls. Further, a survey by research firm TNS Global found that 42 percent of Internet users would opt out of online tracking if they could, the Stanford Group said.
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