The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR, is the latest regulation from the EU that is forcing business owners around the globe to re-think their beloved website analytics and other website functionality.
Up to this point collecting all manner of information from web users has been easy, free and incredibly useful for businesses of all sizes. Simply add a small 3rd party script to your website and all kinds of website traffic information is now available to you whenever you want to go and look at it. In the process, companies like Google, Facebook, Yahoo, StatCounter and many others were able to collect great gobs of information about where online users spent their time.
Often times website owners would add additional 3rd party scripts to access functionality such as advertising, site search, translations, traffic counters, or use CDN's to off-load hosting costs. Many of these services either surreptitiously or openly collected even more information from web users.
All of that is being forced into the light as the GDPR comes into force on May 25, 2018.