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Ziga Brencic Author

Hash thats clever 🙂 I was thinking about just some unique user id. Thanks.
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On URL. Privacy reasons I get and I know that UTMs are more reliable but what are the security issues of referrals?

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Renato Byrro

It's possible for the origin to add user sensitive data in the URL. It's bad practice, but I'd say there's 99.99999% chance that at least a handful of sites is doing that right now.

In that event, the target site can access user data without its consent from the referrer header.

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Ziga Brencic Author

Alright yeah that’s problematic. Never thought of that 🤷‍♂️

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Renato Byrro

Me neither!.. 😊

I was just pissed at Google Analytics recently and thinking about building something better and started researching, your article caught my attention 😄

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Ziga Brencic Author

Haha nice :D

My disagreement with Google Analytics got on this path to yeah. What encouraged me to start building my own analytics were those guys: usefathom.com

Before that I never thought that one could build reliable custom analytics. But apparently two developers did.