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[Plugin: Share Buttons by Lockerz / AddToAny] Hidden links in this plugin – Slows down the blog

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  • Plugin Author micropat

    @micropat

    You’re wrong on two points:

    1. There’s no hidden link. Lockerz owns the product and uses a typical tracking pixel for internal analytics like all other major web widgets do.

    2. De-activating the plugin does just that: it deactivates the plugin. Nothing persists upon deactivation, and if you delete the plugin, nothing remains. It’s a very well-behaving plugin.

    Hi Pat 🙂
    Although I fully agree that de-activating the plugin indeed stops any tracking (but I guess the orignal poster was referring to the no_3p not stopping the lockerz tracking), I beg to differ with regards to your first statement.

    Let me explain: if I am not mistaking, with every “share” I do using addtoany (lockerz share) on any site, my pointz in the earn-tab goes up? And pointz earned are collected on pts.locker.com based on tracking pixels (which includes my uuid, event & url parameters)? So doesn’t that imply that there’s a lot more then just “internal analytics” going on?

    I understand you have a business to run, but I do believe that a more balanced exercise (based on e.g. the donottrack-header we mailed about, but also an -however hard to find- opt-out for website owners) should be possible without impacting your business?

    kind regards,
    frank

    Plugin Author micropat

    @micropat

    Hi Frank. 🙂 The Earn tab is/was a user-added benefit – it’s actually disabled for the plugin now thanks to publisher feedback. The pts.lockerz.com pixel is indeed for internal analytics only. no_3p is a toggle for 3rd party data partners.

    Re: the Do Not Track header, I would still like to support DNT in some capacity soon. Last time we spoke there wasn’t an efficient way to detect DNT on the client-side; now there is. At least initially, I’d like to see it applied to opting out of 3rd parties (like no_3p does). Also related: the data partner M6D is one of a handful of companies that has supported DNT over half a year now from their end. 🙂

    Cheers,
    Pat

    Some great news there Pat, thanks!

    But if i’m not mistaking, the UUID and pointz (number of pointz earned by sharing) cookies are still being set, no?

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