Google Analytics and Google Tag Manager are both tools that allow website owners to understand their visitors and assess the success of their content and advertisements. These tools are easily accessible, free, and very useful for website owners. However, the cost is that they also share all the analytics data with Google. This data ranges from information about time spent on specific portions of the website to the amount of visits, interaction with content, and a whole lot more.
Because they own the tools with which they analyse the effectiveness of their ads, Google continuously improves the quality and relevance of those ads. This power only further establishes them as the go-to advertising giant they already are. Website owners which use Google Analytics and Google Tag Manager are given access to parts of this data, but Google holds the real advantage here. By assembling all the data from websites using these services, they can combine it all to train way better and more accurate models and algorithms.
A recent study showed that many academic libraries, often seen as institutions that should be the advocates for the privacy of their users, actually use Google Analytics or Tag Manager without proper IP anonymization . This goes to show how widespread this problem really is, and that without government interference this is not liable to change.
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If you are not happy about the fact that Google is able to track you around large parts of the internet, and want to help put pressure on politicians to regulate the Google Monopoly, we have made an email you can send to your EU representative. Click below to generate an email and a list of representatives to send the email to: