In an ideal world no one would record visitor details at all (by the way, switching.social has no analytics or visitor data of any kind).
In the real world, businesses and organisations are under huge pressure to record numbers and statistics for how their sites are used.
Even non-profits like charities are forced to produce statistics so they can apply for funding.
If it's a choice between Google Analytics and Matomo, Matomo is probably the more privacy-friendly option.
@switchingsocial @Matomo "Even non-profits like charities are forced to produce statistics so they can apply for funding." Does La Quadrature Du Net does this ? No. Does Free Software Foundation does this ? No. Does April does it ? No. Organizations are pushed by some physical and moral persons to spy, but there are not forced. Moreover you can fortunately produce statistics without mass-surveillance. This is a bad excuse, and that is a shame that for example Mélenchon and CNT-F use GAnalytics.
@nspanti @switchingsocial @Matomo Still it is worth a lot to have an alternative to centralized analytics. Centralized analytics are problematic because they are used all over the web which allows the analytic provider to track people through their whole digital life. Self-hosted analytics sounds way less intrusive.
I agree: I would prefer to be not tracked at all. But such a radical change cannot be expected of most companies. Therefore I think matomo-like solutions are an improvement.
Not all charities are in the same situation.
I work with charities IRL and the groups/people/departments they have to ask for money from demand statistics to prove that they are doing an effective job. If one charity doesn't give them, another charity gets the money.
If a charity doesn't get money, they have to reduce their activities.
If forced to choose between gathering stats or cutting services, what would you do?
@switchingsocial @Matomo @dgold I don't want mass-surveillance and there are other ways to get things done (that can be done by getting money through an alternative way, do it yourself, etc.), so I would personally refuse. If I would promote to go forward for one goal and go backward for an other goal, I would be inconsistent for my "whole society goal".
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