I didn't know much about General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) or California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). But I knew removing cookies from my basic blog was easier and better than allowing visitors to opt out of tracking to gain privacy. I don't need to know who my visitors are, just how they get to my site and what pages they read the most. This also meant moving from Cloudflare which uses a
cfuid__ cookie to stop bots and malicious users.
There are three FAQs I'd recommend Matomo administrators check out:
- How do I disable all cookies for a visitor? This is mainly for GDPR compliance. I get it. Online store owners want to track users to better understand customer journeys, wants, and needs. Right now, customers want websites owners to respect their privacy. One of the most overlooked ways to acquire more customers: take care of the ones you already have. Even if you're not required to abide by GDPR or CCPA, you should care about your visitor's privacy. You don't need cookies to track user actions. If you don't need cookies, disable them.
- How do I exclude / ignore my traffic or specific users from being tracked in Matomo? You likely don't want to track Matomo, website, or server administrators. If you do for some reason, maybe add some labels to easily separate it from external visitors.
- How do I enable third party tracking cookies, as well as the existing first party cookies? I read this just to understand 3rd party cookies with Matomo.