As some of you may know the European Union (EU) is a bit more strict that other countries in terms of online privacy.
In 2016 the EU enacted the General Data Protection Regulation, which everyone seemed to ignore...for a while.
We thought about burying our heads in the sand (for a bit longer) and ignoring the GDPR, or taking analytics tracking out of Headcycle entirely.
We came up with what we think is a nice compromise.
When a new user first accesses Headcycle they will get a nifty pop up with a message about cookies ("Headcycle uses small files placed on your device"...etc.) and options to accept or manage what cookies are stored on their device.
Clicking "Manage" will allow users to opt out of tracking and analytics.
Since Headcycle isn't serving ads analytics is really just used for seeing traffic trends, but we do understand a lot of our users do not want to be tracked - so we added the ability to turn tracking off.
As always using an ad blocker will also disable analytics and tracking, unless you white label Headcycle.com (which would be nice).
With all of that said, it's nice to see where traffic is coming from, and what posts are popular.
So, instead of asking users to "white label" Headcycle, we built it into the site.
-- the headcycle crew
This is really nice to see.
One word of warning - if you click "Accept" or allow analytics, and then disallow analytics, cookies from the analytics company who shall not be named (but it starts with a G) will remain set.
Tracking your clicks/etc. won't, but it's just something to keep in mind.