I am new to data privacy, but in love with the idea. One thing I can't get my head around is how to get the best of both worlds.
If you have a website and needs to communicate to other people, you must be able to be found by the search engines. I am not at all an expert in such matters, but I have installed the google analytics on my websites, just because this is the way I was told it should be.
I know the google analytics tracking does not by it self gives you a visibility for the search engines, but I am sure it has a part in the game.
I know that by having google analytics on my site, my users are tracked and saved in the big google database. And as of such I am guilty in adding data to their personal profile.
I agree with @Aral that the one thing missing is an alternative to the user experience, we get from using the tools Google provides us with, but when it comes to SEO or simply being visible to search engines, how can you do that without selling out on user data privileges?
A majority of users are using Google search, so how can you not be in the google universe, but still be visible on it so users can find your content?
Do you have any tips on this issue? I will check out Piwik, but it is a conflict of interrests to not depend on google but still need them to be around for the wast majority of the users?
Perhaps it is as simple as you can't have it both ways. But if that is the case I would love to read more about it.