in piwik/config/global.ini.php there is an API URL defined:
api_service_url = http://api.piwik.org
This means to me, that Piwik sends all my private statistics to their own server for aggregation and analysis. And please do not tell me that “they respect my privacy” stories, because if this is technologically possible, it will be done. Because of this fact, Piwik is no better than Google Analytics, it is even worse because it uses resources of my server.
My question is what this API call is necessary for and if I can completely disable it and still have a (reduced) functionality?