A few of us have been having a discussion in the Forum Feedback & Help section about ubuntuforums use of Google Analytics (GA). http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1976777 In order to be completely transparent, I would like to explicitly state that I'm personally no fan of GA. I have stated my reasons for this here: http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php...1&postcount=16
In connection with this I made a discovery that I want to bring to your attention. Perhaps I've misunderstood something, but it seems as if ubuntuforums is violating the TOS of GA!
“We do not support circumventing TOS, EULA, etc here.”
https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikiped...s#cite_note-27“In May 2011 it was ruled that EU websites must get user permission to store non-essential cookies on client computers. Website owners were given 1 year to comply before legal action is enforced. This will result in all EU websites having to stop collecting Google Analytics data without the consent of the end user."
See also: http://www.ico.gov.uk/for_organisati...e/cookies.aspx
Finally I would like to point out that GA isn't used at all on Canonical.com nor Ubuntu.com. It is my belief that GA isn't essential to the operation of ubuntuforums, so I would therefore respectfully ask you to consider open source alternatives to GA.
I'm sure your understand my concern, and I would therefore kindly ask you to look into this matter.