The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

18 November 2005

Pry me a river

Eric Siegmund was looking over Google Analytics, and being the cautious soul he is, he also read the fine print. This passage drew his attention:

7. PRIVACY. You will not (and will not allow any third party to) use the Service to track or collect personally identifiable information of Internet users, nor will You (or will You allow any third party to) associate any data gathered from Your website(s) (or such third parties' website(s)) with any personally identifying information from any source as part of Your use (or such third parties' use) of the Service. You will have and abide by an appropriate privacy policy and will comply with all applicable laws relating to the collection of information from visitors to Your websites. You must post a privacy policy and that policy must provide notice of your use of a cookie that collects anonymous traffic data.

He asks, reasonably enough:

I wonder how many bloggers will actually read this provision, let alone create and post a privacy policy for their websites?

Well, I hadn't read that, nor had I planned to use Google Analytics, but I have had a privacy policy for years now. And yes, it does disclose cookie use, though it gives me a bit more latitude with what I can do with the results.

Posted at 4:12 PM to Blogorrhea

Good grief...does anyone think that Google will really enforce this?

Posted by: david at 8:35 PM on 18 November 2005

I never disclose cookie use. Those packages of Keebler and Nabisco origin disappearing into my office are ... decorative.

Posted by: McGehee at 10:57 AM on 19 November 2005

Any crumbs found around my office are probably on the payroll.

Posted by: CGHill at 5:13 PM on 19 November 2005