[pydotorg-www] Analytics

"Martin v. Löwis" martin at v.loewis.de
Sun Apr 25 22:06:04 CEST 2010

> At work I went to a recent talk on Google Analytics, which provides an
> impressive number of analyses to track where people are coming from,
> what queries they're using, how long they stay on average, etc.  But
> visitors are only recorded if their browser supports JavaScript, and
> dumping that information into Google raises privacy concerns.  

-1 on Google Analytics, for the privacy reasons. I don't believe you
need JavaScript in the browser for it to do tracking, but with
JavaScript, even more information gets collected.

Here in Germany, it is the law that users have to opt in to have
personal data being collected, and IP addresses are considered personal
information. So strictly speaking, even a plain webserver log without
user consent is against the law (the one exception being operational
necessity). This isn't really being followed in practice, but we should
not give personal data to anybody else (aggregated data is fine).

> I'd prefer to just find a better logfile analysis.

Can you define "better"?

There are tons of tools out there; choice depends on the problem you are
trying to solve.


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