Is it getting too personal? On personalized advertising and autonomy


  • Sebastian Holmen Roskilde University



It has recently been suggested that personalized advertising is often more an affront to a person's autonomy and thus more morally worrisome than its generic counterpart precisely because it involves or takes advantage of such personalization. This paper argues that central reasons that have been forwarded to support this claim are unpersuasive and that generic and personalized advertising should therefore be treated as morally on par in terms of their potential to undermine consumer autonomy. The paper then suggests that, if this is true, it presses scholars who wish to maintain there to be a moral asymmetry between personalized and generic advertising in terms of their effect on consumer autonomy to choose between three argumentative avenues, but that none of these is likely to be particularly attractive for a defender of the asymmetry.


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Holmen, S. (2023). Is it getting too personal? On personalized advertising and autonomy. Etikk I Praksis - Nordic Journal of Applied Ethics, 17(2), 53-67.



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