Website user identification


(expresspotato) #1

It would be absolutely fantastic if Piwik could identify website users through the integration code.

For example the Live Visitors widget would vastly benefit from being able to know the username of the person visiting.

You could easily include users via the tracking code use to integrate Piwik. Ie: PiwikUserr = “somesiteuser”;

This way more widgets could be developed that focus on individual user trends along side the wonderful website wide statistics.

Couldn’t wish for a better feature!


(Burkhard) #2

Such a feature would certainly be illegal in many countries


(expresspotato) #3

Tracking my own users is illegal?


(Burkhard) #4

Hi expresspotato
I did not say it is illegal, it was only a strong assumption. Think of the heavy flak that companies like Microsoft, Google or Facebook are getting for their use of personal data or even (allegedly) anonymous user data. Some sensitivity is probably in order.

I only know some german law, but I am not a lawyer. Usually, one would have to differentiate:

  1. Users who log in, where you get a chance to have them click “yes” to your use of their data (“I agree that every little move I do on this site is tracked and stored with my user name and timestamp …”). That may be illegal by the “AGB-Gesetz” (for being an inappropriate customer disadvantage) or legal depending on the individual case (and the country), but look at the troubles Facebook & Co are having with “legal” practices. And in a company intranet, even the opt-in solution would be illegal in Germany without consent by the worker’s council.

  2. Users who use your site anonymously - well, not applicable in your case. Anyway, it is disputed if even the logging of visitor IPs is legal (in Germany the dispute is between illegal and mandatory :-)))

By the way, how far does the term “my own” go in your question “Tracking my own users is illegal?”

Cheers,
Burkhard