What do we do to protect your privacy and that of your visitors?
Compute Engine resources are hosted in multiple locations worldwide. These locations are composed of regions and zones. A region is a specific geographical location where you can host your resources. Regions have three or more zones. For example, the
us-west1 region denotes a region on the west coast of the United States that has three zones:
Headquorter server it's based in the follow Google Cloud Zone:
What we collect
Not collecting any information would be silly and unrealistic for an analytics tool. We do collect information that is necessary to show you simple analytics, but unlike other analytics tools, we don’t collect more than absolutely necessary. Here is a list of what we do and don’t collect from your visitors.
We do NOT set any cookies (or use similar technologies)
We care a great deal about the privacy of your visitors. Cookies are something that can track visitors across multiple pages or even multiple websites. For us this is a hard no. This goes for all similar technologies like (but not limited to) local storage, session cookies, fingerprinting, and IP address hashing.
We do NOT collect or store IP addresses
We drop the IP address from every single request. Period. We don’t save or collect them. We don’t hash them with cryptography.
We do collect and store whether visits are unique
We detect a unique visit based on the hostname of the referrer of the page. When a user comes from one domain to another, their browser shares the previous domain with the next. If the current page’s domain is the same as the one in the referrer, we know it’s a non-unique visit.
We do collect and store timestamps
We use timestamps to generate the graphs you see on your dashboard, which allows you to analyze changes in your website’s performance over various lengths of time.
We do collect and store user agents anonymized
We detect and exclude bots and spiders based on the visitor’s User Agent. We don’t use User Agents for fingerprinting, only for counting operating systems, device types, and browsers in your dashboard.
We allow customers to download these counts alongside the User Agent string itself. We do anonymize the User Agent string.
For example, when it has a very detailed version number we truncate it from
We do collect and partially store referrers
Referrers answer the question “Where did this visitor come from?”. We have two ways of checking the source of a user visiting your website.
In most cases, browsers send the URL of the previous website as a referrer. You can find a list of the most popular referrers in your analytics dashboard.
Secondly we check the source of the customer with the UTM-parameters.
We do collect and store UTM-codes
We track these UTM codes:
privacy friendly analytics)
Website owners can add a URL parameter to links to their website, like
We do collect and store device dimensions
Collecting the dimensions of a user’s browser window (
innerHeight as viewport) and device dimensions (
screen.height) allows us to show you the most popular screen sizes. This is useful for making sure your website works great on all screens: phones, tablets, desktops, etc.