Paul McGrath


Trackers and Responsible Web Citizenship

Photo by Matthew Henry on Unsplash

Update 12 July 2020: I’ve started using Fathom Analytics, which is privacy-first, and GDPR-compliant. No invasive data is captured, and I commit to that point by sharing it openly. If you’re interested, check out the dashboard here.

I have decided to remove Google Analytics from my site. This is a small symbolic effort to reject the Surveillance Capitalism that has become commonplace on the web.

Inspired in part by Andre Staltz’s ideas on Open Web Traffic, I would love to move towards a more communally-useful model of information collection and aggregation should I have the spare time to do so.

In the same spirit, I’m also enjoying Mozilla’s Containers for Firefox at the moment. Particularly the Facebook one. They make containing that nasty aspect of the Web a little easier.

If you happen to be looking for a few browser extensions to take back some control of your data, I recommend the following:


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