@tsteur opened this Issue on January 21st 2020 Member

As we know it is good practice to only collect data that is actually needed.

Matomo should have a client or server side option to track only needed data. There is obviously already the possibility to disable plugins to no longer track certain data and this may be enough for now. (sometimes features break though when disabling them)

Maybe, ideally, it also be possible to not track individual data like page URLs, page titles, referrers, devices, ...

Eg we could leverage all dimension classes to let a user disable certain dimensions and this way they would not be tracked.

@tsteur commented on January 22nd 2020 Member
@mattab commented on February 5th 2020 Member

What is the scope of this issue, (how) would it be different from #15479 / https://github.com/matomo-org/matomo/issues/12737?

@tsteur commented on February 5th 2020 Member

Eg we could leverage all dimension classes to let a user disable certain dimensions and this way they would not be tracked.

That be the difference. Basically, if you know you're not going to look at City reports, then you could disable that dimension and it won't be tracked, won't need any storage and won't even show the report in the UI and the segment be removed as well. In Custom reports the dimension be not available either.

It's less about personal data here but data in general maybe. The less data you track, the better for privacy. And if you know you're not wanting some specific information, then it be good to disable it if someone wants extra privacy.

So this goes beyond what is needed for "privacy compliance" where a user would disable collecting certain information even though it is not personal data.

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