SiteMeter Installing SpyWare In Your Website?

I must be the last person on earth to know of this news. Have you heard that SiteMeter installed cookies that tracks your visitor’s browsing history and sent the information to a third party without your consent?

StatCounter Says NO!I notice it when I saw a message above the login area in StatCounter’s website that says, “NEWS: StatCounter Says NO!” I was curious as to what did StatCounter said no to? I clicked on the link and it brought me to StatCounter’s blog. That’s when I realize the news broke out almost 3 weeks ago! Talk about being slow.

StatCounter stated that they were approached by an advertiser and was offered big bucks to place a spyware cookie in all their member’s website. So what was StatCounter’s reply? “We refused on the spot“. Good for them! I knew there were something ‘special’ about them when I chose them to track my visitors.

I am quoting the following text from their blog:

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.

I didn’t know it was SiteMeter at first because StatCounter did not mention the name of the other counter in their blog. However, I had a feeling that it could be SiteMeter. Maybe because I can’t think of any other MAJOR stat counters out there. LOL. Anyway, I googled away and found out a few blog post that confirmed my initial guessing — here, here and here.

There are over 800 comments posted in StatCounter’s blog. I briefly read through maybe 5% of it and found this comment that caught my attention. Posted by Melanie Kozik, it states, “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 couldn’t agree more. In the world of business these days, I believe the word ‘ethics‘ hardly exist! It’s all about the money. And for that, I give my full support to StatCounter. I guess, as Digi puts it, “It’s time to change!“?


11 thoughts on “SiteMeter Installing SpyWare In Your Website?

  1. cl says:

    nope! the very last person must be me…

    so very happily glad that i use statcounter.com – must investigate this saying no business…never ever noticed any link about that…

  2. fashionasia says:

    hmm…sometimes i notice i have pop-ups appearing when i load my blog n i have no idea where it came frm!!!
    am suspecting its sitemeter….do u think so?

  3. TenthOfMarch says:

    @fashionasia
    LOL. You have THREE counters on your blog? You are doing some serious analysis, huh? Hehe. Anyway, I wouldn’t dare say if it is or not from sitemeter. Maybe you can try removing the sitemeter’s codes, see if the popup is gone. If not, try removing the other two.

  4. TenthOfMarch says:

    @Randa Clay
    Same here. I think I didn’t use SiteMeter because of its interface. It’s sort of dull and boring. LOL.

    Anyway, they gave some excuses explanation here about the ‘spyware cookie’. I’ve heard too many cover ups recently. I just don’t really bother about it, I’m sticking with StatCounter.

  5. fashionasia says:

    hehe….
    i normally use onestat most often.

    initially started with 3 stats to see which is better…

    dont u just hate those pop-up ilead..blalbabla thingy????
    grrr….. its weird la..sometimes it appears sometimes it doesnt on my blog….

  6. TenthOfMarch says:

    @fashionasia
    I see. It’s good too. Just that I’m lazy to experiment a few counters. I tried StatCounter, loved it, and never looked back.

    I notice that too. I went to your blog that day, the first time the popup did come out. Then the following refreshes didn’t anymore. No idea why, but sure a very irritating thing.

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