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The Privacy Newsletter
#007 - February 2022
Privacy news that you shouldn’t miss. Short, sweet, and to the point.
These last weeks have been terrifying for many people who rely on Google Analytics. We believe a mind shift is needed from collecting all data to really thinking about what you actually need. For some, this means removing all analytics platforms. For others, it means finding a more privacy-friendly one. Please read about it further in this issue. Please email us if you find good content we should add in the next issue.
What happened in the last month

On the 13th of January, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (AP) openly questioned the legal use of Google Analytics in The Netherlands. In its statement, the AP implied that the use of Google Analytics might be banned in the future.
The Internal Revenue Service has announced that it will transition away from the use of third-party facial recognition services for the verification of taxpayers' identities, effectively ending a contract with facial recognition company ID.me that had received widespread criticism.
In Australia the New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet has admitted the leak of more than 500,000 addresses, including Defence sites, a missile maintenance unit, and domestic violence shelters, through a government website "shouldn't have happened."
Did we learn from Snowden? "The C.I.A. has for years been collecting in bulk, without a warrant, some kind of data that can affect Americans' privacy, according to a newly declassified letter by two senators."
If data is the new oil, what's the new global warming? Social Cooling asks the question: is our faith in big data slowly making us more well behaved.. but less human?
The social cooling reminds me of the fantastic Black Mirror episode about social media and rating each other. It's called Nosedive, and it's the first episode of season 3 on Netflix. It's an excellent time to watch this (again).
New privacy apps

A Google Fonts alternative. There have been several GDPR issues popping up lately with Google & Google CDN. So Andras Bacsai decided to create a similar service just without logging anything. Note: It does not solve all the problems related to this topic, but it is a good start.
LibreWolf is a fork of Firefox, focused on privacy, security, and freedom. Where Firefox is already an excellent choice for privacy, LibreWolf goes further. By default, no telemetry, privacy search, content blockers, ...
Protect regions of your images in a simple way. Examples include schools where the faces of children may need to be blurred in social media posts or perhaps sharing screenshots that have private data. Built by Sean Ashton.
European alternatives helps you find European options for digital service and products, like cloud services and SAAS products. We used it to find a new email provider.
News from Simple Analytics

Time on page is an important metric to track. It gives you insights into how engaging your content is and finding what your visitors are looking for. But have you ever wondered how google comes up with the data you see in your dashboard?
The French Data Protection Agency (CNIL) came out swinging last week: The use of Google Analytics is in conflict with GDPR regulation.
New features in Simple Analytics

We have customers that sometimes have a traffic spike they can't explain. Usually, it's a bot or a spammer. For that, we developed filters. We also added account-wide filters because they require some knowledge from our system. We do this for you. You can see all your filters in your website settings (it does not show if you don't have any filters set up).

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That's it for this issue!

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