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    Why are we tracked by Google Analytics on this forum?

    Hi

    I'm using ghostery from www.ghostery.com to see who tracks me. Google Analytics track this site. Why does Ubuntu do that?
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    Re: Why are we tracked by Google Analytics on this forum?

    Quote Originally Posted by bwallum View Post
    Hi

    I'm using ghostery from www.ghostery.com to see who tracks me. Google Analytics track this site. Why does Ubuntu do that?
    Did you mean: Ubuntuforums.org

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    Re: Why are we tracked by Google Analytics on this forum?

    yes
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    Re: Why are we tracked by Google Analytics on this forum?

    Quote Originally Posted by bwallum View Post
    yes
    To gather usage statistics, as do many other sites.

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    Re: Why are we tracked by Google Analytics on this forum?

    BBC News doesn't track me.
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    Re: Why are we tracked by Google Analytics on this forum?

    Quote Originally Posted by vasa1 View Post
    To gather usage statistics, as do many other sites.
    There are more anonymous, server side, ways of determining usage stats, Google Analytics gets personal on my machine
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    Re: Why are we tracked by Google Analytics on this forum?

    Quote Originally Posted by bwallum View Post
    There are more anonymous, server side, ways of determining usage stats, Google Analytics gets personal on my machine
    If you have "privacy" problems just block ga.js and whatever else you need to.

    And it's upto the forum admins or whoever to decide how to determine user stats. We, as users, have the freedom to block what we want.
    Last edited by vasa1; May 9th, 2012 at 12:45 PM.

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    Re: Why are we tracked by Google Analytics on this forum?

    Quote Originally Posted by bwallum View Post
    BBC News doesn't track me.
    How can we tell? Do we know what
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    2012-05-09 17:19:40.138 b4efeb40 Request: sa.bbc.co.uk/bbc/bbc/s?name=home.page&geo_edition=asia&pal_route=default&ml_name=barlesque&app_type=web&language=en-GB&ml_version=0.8.2&pal_webapp=wwhomepage&ns__t=1336564180087&ns_c=UTF-8&ns_ti=BBC%20-%20Homepage&ns_jspageurl=http%3A//www.bbc.co.uk/&ns_referrer=
    2012-05-09 17:19:40.346 b56ffb40 Crunch: Blocked: http://b.scorecardresearch.com/beacon.js
    2012-05-09 17:19:40.350 b46fdb40 Crunch: Blocked: http://me-cdn.effectivemeasure.net/em.js
    do?
    And bbc.co.uk does drop a couple of cookies as well.

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    Re: Why are we tracked by Google Analytics on this forum?

    Sites have been watching how people interact with their content since the beginning of the web. They'd be foolish not to. If someone doesn't like cookies, they can block them. But, there's no way to keep a site from tracking behavior on that site.

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    Re: Why are we tracked by Google Analytics on this forum?

    Quote Originally Posted by vasa1 View Post
    If you have "privacy" problems just block ga.js and whatever else you need to.

    And it's upto the forum admins or whoever to decide how to determine user stats. We, as users, have the freedom to block what we want.
    Since this was originally posted on Absolute Beginner Talk, hope if you don't mind if I ask... How can we do this? How can you do this, say, on Firefox 12? Or, besides the browser, could we do this on the OS itself? I got interested.

    Thank you.

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