Cloudflare, Inc. (NYSE: NET), the security, performance, and reliability company helping to build a better Internet, today launched Cloudflare Web Analytics to provide accurate, clear, and free analytics for anyone who cares about how their site is performing and doesn’t want to sacrifice their visitors’ privacy. Cloudflare Web Analytics is built on top of Cloudflare’s existing network, giving site owners insight into key traffic metrics at the edge. Now site owners have control over their own site data, eliminating the need for third-party scripts that can track their users and help retarget them with advertising. Cloudflare Web Analytics will be available, for free, to any website owner, whether they are an existing Cloudflare customer or not.
For website owners and businesses, analytics are the backbone of their online strategy. This data helps them understand how people find a website, what types of devices they are using, and what they do once they get to a website–critical information for creating a better experience for their online visitors. Before today, getting access to that data came at a price when using popular analytics tools created by ad-tech companies. Advertising-driven business models help ad-supported sites sell more ads and are gleaning lots of visitor and site data in return for site analytics. As a result, website owners have to trade user privacy for data on how their own sites were performing. What’s worse, the tradeoff doesn’t ensure that site owners get accurate data because visitors with ad blockers often aren’t counted. With Cloudflare Web Analytics, any web creator—not just Cloudflare customers—can get the information they need in a simple, clean, and accurate way that does not sacrifice their visitors’ privacy.
“Website owners deserve access to analytics that are transparent and accurate, and that don’t force them to pay with their
A free website analytics platform unveiled today by Cloudflare will offer services similar to Google and other analytics platform, but without tracking users.
“The big ad-supported platforms were hoovering off more and more data on what was going on online and it had sort of crossed the creepiness threshold level,” Matthew Prince, chief executive of Cloudflare told SC Media. “At the same time, and it’s related, you are getting this patchwork of regulations all around the world, which want to control ad platforms. But at the same time, they’re really raising a hurdle for smaller organizations that want to exist online and know if their websites are being read, but don’t care about ads.”
Prince said Cloudflare’s drop-in solution will not store or profit off user data in any way, instead earning the company profit through goodwill and the chance to advertise integration with the Cloudflare denial of service protection and edge computing networks.
The Cloudflare platform will not be able to reproduce all the data of analytics platforms with more pervasive tracking, which can compile user behavior across the internet for a complete profile of everyone who reaches the site,