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Old 10-11-2012, 02:04 AM   #1
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Trackers here at LQ.


Hey guys, i'm not entirely sure how tracking on websights works, do the trackers pay money to the web page hoster to be aloud to collect specific info on the people who view that page? or does it work differently?
I bring this up because i use the privacy suit extension on firefox and LQ didn't have any trackers about two months ago, but now there's always one, 'google analytics', and i've even observed 'google +' trying to profile me once while here.
 
Old 10-11-2012, 02:27 AM   #2
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Google analytics is a web services that can be used by webmasters to understand their own traffic. It's not about Google making money.
 
Old 10-11-2012, 03:43 AM   #3
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It's not about Google making money.
Cough, splutter, ... spills coffee everywhere ....

Say what ?. Is there really anything Google does that is not (primarily and/or only) for making money ?.
 
Old 10-11-2012, 03:44 AM   #4
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Cough, splutter, ... spills coffee everywhere ....

Say what ?. Is there really anything Google does that is not (primarily and/or only) for making money ?.
well secondarily it naturally IS about Googles bank balance, but not as far as the user is affected.
 
Old 10-11-2012, 05:16 AM   #5
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GA is aimed at marketers as a "free" service, but is really just another google tracking tool.

If you use firefox, just install the noscript addon and don't allow it's scripts to run.
 
Old 10-11-2012, 06:52 AM   #6
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I have no script installed too, but it doesn't stop it, privacy suit does though.

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Google analytics is a web services that can be used by webmasters to understand their own traffic. It's not about Google making money.
Thanks for that, so what about google +1 trying to profile me?
 
Old 10-11-2012, 07:08 AM   #7
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Thanks for that, so what about google +1 trying to profile me?
That less so. Maybe that is somethign added in to GA that does start getting overtly intrusive. Maybe it was just a coincidence?
 
Old 10-11-2012, 07:13 AM   #8
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Ok then, thanks Cris. I left you a rep point.
 
Old 10-11-2012, 02:52 PM   #9
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NoScript stops GA here and always has. I just set GA as untrusted and then even if I enabel javascript for a site, it still blocks GA.
 
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A couple comments:

* We do not use any kind of "trackers" that pay for access to data about LQ members or visitors. We take privacy seriously and try to make that pretty clear.
* We do use Google Analytics, but have for many years, so it's not something that should be showing up as new.
* The Linkback menu does have a G+ widget, but it's not trying to "profile" you.

--jeremy
 
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Old 10-16-2012, 07:19 PM   #11
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Thanks Jeremy, i appreciate that.
 
  


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