Ok so yesterday I decided to start sending e-mails to every website I visit that doesn't comply with #GDPR when using #GoogleAnalytics etc. (things like: "by using this website you agree to...")

And the first one I contacted replied today to tell me it's fixed now 😁 They ended up removing Google Analytics all together.

You should try this too! 😄

Basically what I write is:

1. You're not complying with GDPR by not letting your user opt out of analytics (you need consent first!)
2. Will you please consider fixing this?
3. Fixing this should also be in your interest, since *anyone* can send a complaint to your DPA.

Maybe next time I'll add a note about cookieless alternatives, such as Plausible :)

@sigsegv these websites annoy me so much. It's great you had such an immediate & positive response. I'm going to try this now.

I gather this wouldn't work with non-European websites/companies?

@GwenfarsGarden Wrong! It applies to any company that does business with EU customers, according to europa.eu “These rules apply to both companies and organisations (public and private) in the EU and those based outside the EU who offer goods or services in the EU”.
You can read more here: europa.eu/youreurope/citizens/

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@vortex_cynbel wait, so does it apply to private people or not? I mean, not that I'd add google analytics to my website, or any unnecessary js, for that matter, but I'm curious.

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@Riedler I am not sure. All I know is consent is needed when collecting personal data from EU citizens. I am not sure if this applies for #bigtech companies only or not. If you have a website and collect data I would suggest seeking legal advice on that matter.

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