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Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on

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Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on

http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout
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Re: Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on

That will mess up a few sites such as this one  Grin
Steve
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Re: Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on

Just downloaded and added it now, Also important to note that it's in " Beta " For all you Linux user's out there.
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Re: Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on

works in FF on Mac OS X fine.

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Re: Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on

Downloaded it, installed it, and can`t see any problems with it.... so hopefully it is doing what it says on the label ! ! !.. Smiley
hadden
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Re: Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on

Let me just consider the logic here...
Until now:

  • I don't trust Google...

  • Google Analytics uses scripts by Google...

  • Therefore I don't trust Google Analytics


Now:

  • I don't trust Google...

  • Google Opt-out uses scripts by Google...

  • Therefore I don't trust Google Opt-out.


I don't see what's changed.
Steve
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Re: Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on

There's Method to the Madness JohnJ...
@shutter I hope so aswell.
Working fine here on FF 3.6.3. Linux Mint Isadora
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hadden
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Re: Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on

Quote from: Steve
There's Method to the Madness JohnJ...

Exactly....
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Re: Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on

I just block* all the ga links in FF - no need for another Google script.
* using Add block plus
hadden
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Re: Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on

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* using Add block plus

Ditto
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Re: Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on

And don't forget to block PlusNets alternative (sneaky) method of tracking your access to their webpages.
For those with add block plus, click on the ABP logo and look for the hidden webstats.plus.net URL which includes your IP address.
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Re: Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on

As you mentioned the Plusnet webstats,  I thought I'd take a look at the information that is being gathered by that mechanism.
At least with Plusnet,, the javascript  in sdc_tag.js easier to read than the Google maze of code.
So, apart form stuff that I expect would be available from the web server logs (including the IP address?), the script also seems to gather; screen size, colour depth, flash version, Java enabled and Javascript version.
It doesn't bother me, but I think sdc_tag.js may be the target to aim Adblock Plus at, if the above information was felt to be sensitive.
It doesn't bother me, so I've not blocked the plusnet tracking components. Smiley
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Re: Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on

AHA!
thats whats broken speedtester for me
maybe
i'll get back on this
Steve
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Re: Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on

Quote from: Peter
And don't forget to block PlusNets alternative (sneaky) method of tracking your access to their webpages.
For those with add block plus, click on the ABP logo and look for the hidden webstats.plus.net URL which includes your IP address.
I use ABP and just blocked this what you have said, Is there anything else that's invading my privacy that I should be aware of?
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Re: Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on

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webstats.plus.net URL which includes your IP address

it is so well hidden I can`t see it.... I have managed to get http://community.plus.net/sdc_tag.js on the filter though !..

as Steve M says..... Anything else?