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From Kay Schenk <>
Subject Re: [PROPOSAL] Removing all tracking from AOO sites
Date Thu, 26 May 2016 21:53:46 GMT

On 05/20/2016 12:19 PM, Pedro Giffuni wrote:
> In reply to Kay;
> ...
>>> Ever heard of Big Data? This information will be correlated along with
>>> the latest
>>> searches and will be sold for commercial value to other companies and
>>> will also
>>> likely be available to the governments of the world at request. For
>>> whatever
>>> Mr. Trump may find it useful is another matter.
>> I understand broadly what your concerns are. But really, in this day and
>> age, almost ANY website you visit has some sort of tracking mechanisnm
>> in place. Next time you "visit" anywhere, you might want to check this.
> That others do it, doesn't mean we should. Do we at least respect the
> "do not track" settings in the browser?

Well...I've been looking in this as well as communicating with Rob Weir 
who originally set up our GA process. I would *think* but can't verify 
for sure if DNT is respected by Google Analytics. Without knowing the 
internals of what happens with this option -- does the browser actually 
DO something to your IP address for example to cause this to happen or 
??? -- it's difficult to answer this. There is another option in GA 
we're not currently using, anonymize_IP, which I'm investigating. We 
will definitely add this option as soon as I can figure this out.

>>> Worst of all, we are not getting any value from this tracking ... let's
>>> stop it now.
>> Well this last statement is NOT true. For the download page especially,
>> it is valuable because we can find out generally what OS the user is
>> using, complete with version information. I mean in a bulk sense.
> How valuable is that? How does us it bring us any nearer towards having
> an Android/iOS port? We already have counts from downloads statistics
> and we know at least 80% of our users get the Windows port.
> Pedro.


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