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Plugin adds Google Analytics code to your site (2 posts)

  1. Roger
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    Posted 1 year ago #

    Was working on my site and noticed another GA code popping up - UA-12964573-5. This is alarming as it means my sites analytics are being sent to a third party without my permission. Upon further research it appears that this code is being placed by the Shareaholic plugin without clearly identifying that this is what is happening.

    I have now removed this plugin from all of my client websites and will not be using anything related to this plugin creator again. This constitutes a serious breach of privacy by the plugin creator.

    There are other plugins that track information such as the Yoast SEO plugin but they do this in an Opt-In manner and further use a much less invasive approach as you can read about here - http://yoast.com/yoast-tracking/

    Going whole hog and grabbing all Analytics data from a website is well beyond gaining simple insights into what version of wordpress is being used.

    I see that this was brought up 2 years ago - http://wordpress.org/support/topic/plugin-sexybookmarks-hidden-googleanalytics-code-in-v329?replies=4 and that the response from the creator was that you can simply turn it off.

    This is something that should be off by default.

  2. Celeste - Shareaholic
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi Roger,

    The Google Analytics integration was included in the plugin by request several years ago. The settings are available on the Social Analytics page of the plugin interface along with a link to documentation explaining how it works. When setting up the plugin, this is an optional feature that can be configured in the same manner that you can configure other features available within the plugin over their categorized settings pages.

    Currently, this feature is not included in our v7 redesign that was released on our other channel this summer. The sexybookmarks plugin channel will be upgraded to v7 in January, but you are free to install v7 before then if you'd like to give it a spin.

    And just a snip from the documentation concerning Social Interactions:

    "While event tracking can track general content interactions as well, Social Analytics provides a consistent framework for recording social interactions. This in turn provides Google Analytics report users with a consistent set of reports to compare social network interactions across multiple networks."

    This feature is harmless and actually helpful. Please, take the time to read the documentation for a better understanding. Also, you would need to include your Google Analytics Property ID into the input box on the Social Analytics settings page for it to work when enabled.

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