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How can I conveniently opt out of Codidact analytics?

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Since a few days, my Firefox add-on Privacy Badger shows me a new tracker originating from analytics.codidact.org. I read the privacy policy and it states that there is analytics going on to improve the site.

However, I don't want to contribute to this effort as I don't like my data to be analysed. Is there an option to opt out of analytics while allowing functional / necessary cookies?

(The paragraph in the privacy policy about disabling cookies altogether on my side is really inconvenient as I want to stay logged in.)

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We’re using Matomo, so there should be a link that should allow everyone to disable it. I think it also respects Do Not Track headers by the browser. luap42 😷‭ 8 months ago

@luap42 I just opened Codidact in two different browsers (Edge and Firefox) in private mode with no add-ons with no data associated before the visit and I didn't get a link or pop up to control cookie settings. Where can I access it manually to change my preferences after setting them once, for example because I misclicked or changed my mind? Zerotime‭ 8 months ago

@Zerotime Except for Matomo, we only have so-called necessary cookies (mostly account management). You do not have to explicitly agree to those and you can’t (AFAIK IANAL) object and continue to use the site with an account. For Matomo, I don’t have access. I’ve asked for one, so that I can answer your request, but I’m currently on mobile, so that will take a bit longer. ;) luap42 😷‭ 8 months ago

Cookie-settings are (per GDPR FWIW) only necessary, when your legal justification for having them is consent. When it’s “necessity to offer the service” or “legitimate interest” they shouldn’t. But I’ll look into it and come back later with a Matomo opt-out Link. luap42 😷‭ 8 months ago

@luap42 My question is only about analytics cookies not functional ones, sorry for the misunderstanding. Zerotime‭ 8 months ago

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We have analytics in use because they're helpful. The data the analytics system collects for us highlights where we're doing well (or not) and what people are using (or not), as well as helping to identify the sources of traffic spikes and dips. Having that knowledge is genuinely useful in helping to guide what we work on.

Our analytics are handled by Matomo, which is an open-source analytics package. We host and run it ourselves, so the data collected never leaves our own servers. It's also much better at not being greedy and simply collecting absolutely everything just because it can, unlike, say, Google Analytics.

So - if you (and others who have this question, too) are willing to reconsider, we do appreciate having that ability to analyse what's going on.

If you've read this and you'd still like to opt out - well, hey, at least it's an informed decision now! Follow this link and uncheck the box to opt out. (You can also block any cookies that start with _pk, if you want to be extra-sure.)

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It's not exactly an opt-out, but since you already have Privacy Badger installed, you can use it to block the requests.

To do that, simply open the Privacy Badger drop-down, and pull the slider for analytics.codidact.org all the way to the left (the crossed-out circle for "blocked").

Alternatively, if you're willing to potentially install another add-on, you can use uMatrix (even in default-allow mode) to block all requests from *.codidact.org to analytics.codidact.org, to achieve much the same effect.

By doing either of these, the requests should never even make it to the analytics software (which would be required for it to determine that you've opted out of analytics), thus maintaining your privacy while still allowing otherwise full use of the site.

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