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Appeal on adblock list #200

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simpleanalyticsbot opened this issue Jan 6, 2020 · 4 comments
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Appeal on adblock list #200

simpleanalyticsbot opened this issue Jan 6, 2020 · 4 comments

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@simpleanalyticsbot simpleanalyticsbot commented Jan 6, 2020

The adblock list "Peter Lowe’s Ad and tracking server list" blocks Simple Analytics. It's one of the enablable additional lists in uBlock Origin. You could try and contact them to get taken down.

https://pgl.yoyo.org/adservers/

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@adriaanvanrossum adriaanvanrossum commented Jan 7, 2020

@LeCodeCo good suggestion. Although I don't really think they will change anything. We need to try!

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@adriaanvanrossum adriaanvanrossum commented Jan 7, 2020

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Hi [...],

I think you get a lot of requests from companies that don't want to be listed on the block list. But this is not your average request I think.

A year ago I started Simple Analytics (simpleanalytics.com) to provide a privacy friendly way for website analytics without the data hunger most analytics companies have. My main goal is to provide general statistics without ever knowing which person visits the websites of my customers. We don't store IPs, don't use hashing, and don't store any type of info in the browser of our visitors.

I am very interested in why Simple Analytics is listed on the block list. I hope you can tell me a little bit of background.

I'm not a native English speaker, so forgive the typos.

Regards,

Adriaan van Rossum
Simple Analytics

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@adriaanvanrossum adriaanvanrossum commented Jan 10, 2020

We tried.

So, the thing is, regardless of what you do with the data, you're still
tracking user behaviour. I think most people concerned with blocking
trackers (including myself) just don't want data about online activity
being sent to someone else. Perhaps you have the best of intentions, but
in the end you're still tracking people.

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@alinacsava alinacsava commented Jan 11, 2020

Their answer makes no sense. They're putting Simple Analytics in the same boat as GA which is simply abysmal.

Since when what you do with the data is irrelevant (doesn't count)? How data is handled is one of the most important things in privacy. And since when non-personally identifiable cookieless detection of a pageview is user tracking? Counters have been doing that from the dawn of websites, and who can think it invades privacy in any way? I have so many questions for the person that wrote that answer...

Sorry it didn't work out.

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