Internet marketing regulation is not a new discussion. Anyone running Adsense ads is likely already using a privacy policy which outlines the use of data obtained from site visitors.

Do you believe the governments should be intervening in internet marketing regulations?

Here is an article outlining some recent developments in the area:

The impetus to regulate online marketing may be gathering steam. On June 18 a House of Representatives subcommittee held a hearing to take a closer look at how advertisers gather and use information on consumers' Web-surfing habits.

Up to now the government has had a hands-off policy toward online marketing, giving companies relatively free rein in how they use tools that track what people do online and then use that data to deliver tailored marketing messages. Although regulation is likely to be far off, it would surely rewrite how Google (GOOG), Yahoo! (YHOO), Microsoft (MSFT), Facebook, and a wide range of other Internet companies grapple for share in the $25.7 billion online ad market.

The hearing, which brought together representatives of Web companies and online privacy advocates, may mark "the beginning of the end of self-regulation for online advertising," says Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)....

Internet Marketing: Is Regulation Coming? - BusinessWeek