Did you know that if you enable the WordPress Stats module in Jetpack that all your stats, visits are being logged by a 3rd party called Quantcast?
I did some research on who they are. Can’t find much other than that they collect (supposedly) anonymous data from every site using WordPress Stats for the past few years. This data is publicly available and may be shared with advertisers. Ew!
What’s more, the people from Automattic (WordPress) are being vague about their intentions claiming the JS code and stats are required for “awesome future features and functions”, “it’s not optional and required for us” (Who is us specifically? And why do you need this data?). Whatever that means… I don’t see *ANY* benefit in sneakily following my sites. What good does it do me? Especially if that data is available for pretty much anyone without me even knowing I’m being tracked.
Apparently this fine code also installs tracking cookies on your computers and devices. I didn’t know it. But various people who stumbled on it this found cookies and keep removing them. But they reported they keep coming back at the same pace and eventually gave up.
I know Google does sort of the same with Google Analytics.. But at least there I know what’s what. My stuff is being used for advertisement and improved search results. Period.
This Quantcast code probably has been infesting my site for years and I only found out about it now, by accident, because I was pinging my site to see how fast it performs.