New web browsers and Piwik


(laxboy10) #1

As new browsers (such as IE9 and Firefox 4) come around, will their privacy features cause Piwik to lose any functionality?


(Beatgarantie) #2

very interesting question.


(vipsoft) #3

The big privacy-related change in FF4 is css:visited. Piwik doesn’t use that, so it has no impact on current/future functionality. Most of the privacy-related functionality in IE9 was introduced in IE8 (e.g., InPrivate).

The threats to Piwik functionality are not new:

  • browsers that may be configured to block third party cookies (impact: overcounting)
  • browsers configured with JavaScript disabled or an extension/add-on that blocks trackers (impact: undercounting)

The workarounds are:

  • host piwik on the same domain as the site being tracked, resulting in a first party cookie
  • server-side tracking module; impact: inability to collect browser information, but better than not counting at all