The free libre open source analytics software Matomo (formerly known as Piwik) is now on the fediverse:
They also have a website:
The software costs nothing if you self-host, and they also offer a paid hosted option for people who prefer it.
Unlike Google Analytics, Matomo's data stays entirely on the site that uses it. No one else has access to it, so there's no way for it to be aggregated across many sites.
It respects do not track so that should be enough?
@switchingsocial Exactly, by default all requests by users with "Do Not Track" are droppeimmediatelytly and not stored in any way.
@switchingsocial @Matomo Funny, before Google started offering Urchin (aka Analytics) for free, every blog and website had self-hosted analytics usually generated from log analysis... we called it "stats" back then LOL. And lots of 3rd parties offered realtime "counters" to track (with JS) the realtime browser info like referrers. For like 10 years Google.com had no outstats tracking, the SERPS were just lists of unadulterated URLs, kinda embarrassing for Google!
So the hosted version has access to the analytics data of all the visitors of all the sites using the hosted version, and can track people exactly like Google? (but on a much more limited subset of websites, obviously)
I take it you work at Matomo?
Can you share some more details about the measures taken to ensure the company doesn't link these data, now or in the future? (e.g about being bought by a bigger company which would be less ethical than Matomo seems to be)
Hey Mathieu we love hearing from new community members so we're glad you're posing these important questions. We believe in 100% data ownership for each user. So the main protection our users get is the data processing agreement (https://www.innocraft.cloud/dpa) and terms of services (https://www.innocraft.cloud/terms). Both give users assurance that data belongs to them and that we can't do anything with it 😉
I read both those documents and didn't see anything that guarantees you won't sell the data or otherwise profit from it.
I also didn't see anything about not aggregating data from a visitor across multiple websites using your hosted solution.
Did I miss it?
Re: aggregating data. If you use our hosting solutions you get to aggregate the data on your own account. However, since you have 100% control over what you choose to do with that data. We don't have rights to do anything with it so we can't aggregate data across accounts. You can track multiple websites in one account and choose to aggregate the data yourself, but it's not something we will do for you. Hope that addresses your concerns :)
More seriously, Red Hat published a legally binding document a while ago, that if they ever get bought, the new owner will not be allowed to use their patents against FOSS, following their current pledge never to do so.
You have no intention to sell, but it could happen one day. You can take measures right now to make sure the new owner pursues your mission. ☺
Thanks so much for the support! You're spot on, we believe in respecting user privacy and 100% data ownership. Encouraging people to have full control over their own data is essential and it means power rests in the hands of the users, not large corporations 💪
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