Going Against Google Analytics With Plausible’s Co-Founder [Interview]

Going Against Google Analytics With Plausible’s Co-Founder [Interview]

Google has created many useful products that improved the lives of many people all around the world but in recent years Google has changed their priorities and now it’s all about optimizing value for their shareholders, squeezing even more money and further dominating the web.

Google Is Collecting Data in Incognito Mode, Alleges Class Action Lawsuit

Google Is Collecting Data in Incognito Mode, Alleges Class Action Lawsuit

Alphabet Inc. had requested the case be thrown out, saying the privacy policy users consent to explicitly notifies its data collection practices.“Google also makes clear that ‘Incognito’ does not mean ‘invisible,’ and that the user’s activity during that session may be visible to websites they visit, and any third-party analytics or ads services the visited websites use,” company spokesperson José Castañeda told The Verge in response to the court ruling.

Google Analytics: Stop feeding the beast

Google Analytics: Stop feeding the beast

Think of Google as a kind of Godzilla that slurps up data about its users at one end and craps out gold ingots at the other.

The latest Nintendo Switch update secretly turns on User data sharing

The latest Nintendo Switch update secretly turns on User data sharing

System update version 11.0.0 for Nintendo Switch is secretly enabling User data sharing via Google Analytics for all users, and it is raising some privacy concerns among fans.

Visitor Analytics announces the launch of a website analytics module that needs no cookie consent

Visitor Analytics announces the launch of a website analytics module that needs no cookie consent

Earlier this week, the team at Visitor Analytics, announced the addition of a feature that allows website owners to track their visitors without prior consent, while ensuring them that they are also in compliance with personal data privacy laws such as GDPR, CCPA or LGPD.Visitor Analytics is positioned as a privacy-focused alternative to Google Analytics and other similar services.

How Blacklight illuminates the murky world of ad tracking, key logging, canvas fingerprinting, Facebook pixels, and more

How Blacklight illuminates the murky world of ad tracking, key logging, canvas fingerprinting, Facebook pixels, and more

The new tool, Blacklight, emulates how users might be tracked as they browse the Web. To use it, you simply type in a Web address, and the tool scans the site for the following types of privacy violations: third-party cookies, ad trackers, key logging, session recording, canvas fingerprinting, Facebook tracking, and Google Analytics’ “Remarketing Audiences”.

13% of my website visitors block Google Analytics

13% of my website visitors block Google Analytics

This ranged from 6% on a lifestyle site, 9% on a foodie site to 26% on a tech site (the website you’re on).21% of laptop/desktop users, 57% of Firefox users, 53% of Linux users and 65% of DuckDuckGo users block Google Analytics.

Kindmetrics

Kindmetrics

Kindmetrics is a strictly privacy-focused, lightweight alternative to Google Analytics.It is the most privacy-focused analytics out there, and it is also straightforward to use with its one-page dashboard.Kindmetrics is built on being kind to you and your visitor`s privacy and data.

Google’s federated analytics method could analyze end user data without invading privacy

Google’s federated analytics method could analyze end user data without invading privacy

As an example, in a user study, Gboard engineers measured the overall quality of word prediction models against raw typing data held on phones.Beyond model evaluation, Google uses federated analytics to support the Now Playing feature on its Pixel phones, which shows what song might be playing nearby.

Wacom drawing tablets are spying on every app you open, and sending the data back to Wacom

Wacom drawing tablets are spying on every app you open, and sending the data back to Wacom

“In section 3.1 of their privacy policy, Wacom wondered if it would be OK if they sent a few bits and bobs of data from my computer to Google Analytics, “[including] aggregate usage data, technical session information and information about [my] hardware device.” The half of my heart that cares about privacy sank.

Zoom is a work-from-home privacy disaster waiting to happen

Zoom is a work-from-home privacy disaster waiting to happen

We reached out to Zoom in an effort to determine whether meeting participants are notified if and when hosts enable attendee attention tracking, but received no immediate response.However, there's more: That said, Zoom does use certain standard advertising tools which require Personal Data (think, for example, Google Ads and Google Analytics).

Wacom says it’s not spying on its customers, and users can opt out of data collection

Wacom says it’s not spying on its customers, and users can opt out of data collection

Wacom has responded to reports of its tablets collecting app usage data from its users and sharing it with Google Analytics, clarifying that the company does not have access to personal data.

Still available via Google Analytics: Data slurped from 4 million browsers

Still available via Google Analytics: Data slurped from 4 million browsers

Six days after Ars revealed an online service selling links to tax returns, prescription refills, and reams of other sensitive information collected from more than four million browsers, the data remains available to existing customers—thanks, in part, to essential assistance from Google Analytics.

Google to acquire analytics startup Looker for $2.6 billion

Google to acquire analytics startup Looker for $2.6 billion

Thomas Kurian, the man who was handed the reins to Google Cloud at the end of last year, sees the two companies bringing together a complete data analytics solution for customers.

How To Track Phone Calls From Your Google Ad Campaigns

How To Track Phone Calls From Your Google Ad Campaigns

Before you can set up call conversion tracking, you first need to have a website for your business, a business phone line, and a Google Ads account, as well as Google Analytics installed on your site.

Industrial espionage fears arise over Chrome extension caught stealing browsing history

Industrial espionage fears arise over Chrome extension caught stealing browsing history

Valid arguments about a possible industrial espionage campaign are being raised surrounding a Google Chrome extension that was caught collecting browsing history, ZDNet has learned from ExtraHop, a real-time IT analytics firm.

How Google managed to destroy users' trust in one week · Simple Analytics

How Google managed to destroy users' trust in one week · Simple Analytics

The feature does something incredibly simple: it connects the identity you use in the browser application (to sync bookmarks and tabs for example) with your Google account, used to log into Google’s services like Gmail, Calendar, Docs, etc.

No More Google

No More Google

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