StatCounter Says NO!


A few months back, StatCounter was approached by an advertiser, offered lots of $$$, and asked to include a spyware cookie on all of our member sites…we refused on the spot.

You install StatCounter to track visitors to your site NOT to open yourself and your visitors up to being spied upon by phantom advertising corporations.

It appears, however, that other players in the world of webstats were happy to take up this offer…

We were shocked to discover just today that another well known stats provider is allowing up to 9 cookies to be installed in the browser of every visitor that hits one of their member websites. This means that the provider is making money by transmitting data on you and your visitors to a third party advertiser. Not only that, but to add insult to injury, the cookies are causing the member websites to load very slowly too.

In light of this, StatCounter wants to assure you that we track your visitors for you, only you and not any one else.

Which provider would you prefer??

StatCounter says No!

By the way, welcome to our new blog πŸ˜‰

1,030 comments on “StatCounter Says NO!

  1. You made an ethical decision and in light of todays world, most companies do not do that – especially when money is on the table.

    I appreciate the fact that you are posting and blogging about this because it is a big problem and so many people still being new to computers don’t have a clue what to look for or how to discover if they are being spied on.

    I also appreciate that you allow so many stats for so many pages and charge us – what….NOTHING. Your service is par excellent. being in business, I know that excellence and integrity are what make you last. The rest, they come and go but to last is the thing. I’ve been *lasting* going on 15 years now so trust me that I value what you have done (and not done!) and I understand.

    KUDOS to you and your staff! Anything I can do to help? Lemme know!

    Melanie Kozik

  2. Thanks very much for saying no! I’m really glad that you guys did that and I just wanted to thank you for giving such great service to us for free!

  3. Congratulations on the new blog πŸ™‚

    …and thanks for being honest and protecting your members. I knew it was a good choice to use StatCounter on all my sites.

  4. VERY shocked!

    We said NO to this approach some months back.

    WHY would anyone do this to their members? What were they thinking?

    I still can’t believe it…

    StatCounter Team

  5. Hi Mike,

    Not at all!! Let me explain what we have refused…

    We don’t believe that we should abuse our member websites by sneakily using them to place OTHER people’s cookies on THEIR visitors’ browsers.

    When you log onto the StatCounter website, we display ads to fund the service. This can result in cookies being created. As happens on any site. In fact, as you browse the web, you pick up lots of cookies.

    Our point is, that we do not force extra cookies on the people who visit YOUR site. THAT is what is happening with another provider.

    If you have StatCounter:
    Clear your cookies.
    Visit your OWN site.
    You won’t see any cookies other than a StatCounter one – this means that we are NOT foisting nasty cookies on your visitors.

    If you have “the other provider”:
    Clear your cookies.
    Visit YOUR site.
    Gasp at the amount of cookies created – this is what all your visitors are being subjected to!

    Does that make sense?

    If you need any further info, just shout!

    StatCounter Team

    (By the way, on our upgraded accounts, you have the option to disable the ads.)

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