Welcome to another insightful blog post! As a leading web development company, we are excited to share with you tips and guidelines on how you can configure Google Analytics 4 to prioritize user privacy. Whether you are a veteran or a newbie in the field, you’ll find a wealth of information on how to effectively and responsibly use the features of Google Analytics 4.
Marching Towards Privacy: Google Analytics 4 Configuration
In this modern era where privacy is of utmost importance, Google Analytics 4 offers a plethora of settings that can be adjusted not only within the tool itself but also during the data collection process. Our aim is to equip you with the necessary information on how to customize these features in a manner that respects user privacy to the fullest.
A Handshake with Your Consent Management Platform
One of the essential steps towards achieving a more privacy-oriented configuration is integrating your consent management platform, or “cookie banner”, with your tag management solution and analytics configuration. It’s vital to respect a user’s choice if they decide to opt-out. There are several ways to configure this, especially if you’re using Google Tag Manager.
A cost-effective option worth considering is CookieBot, which offers a comprehensive guide for integrating with Google Tag Manager. While deciding the finer implementation details, we advise seeking counsel from a legal expert. Regardless of the path chosen, setting up the necessary infrastructure will be a prerequisite.
Inside the Google Analytics 4 Toolbox: Privacy Settings
Account Level: Data Sharing Settings
At the highest level of your Google Analytics 4 admin settings, it’s possible to disable the “Data Sharing Settings” under “Account Settings.”
Google Analytics 4 Account Settings on Data Sharing (1)
Google Analytics 4 Account Settings on Data Sharing (2)
Property Level: Data Settings – Data Collection
Here, you have the option to either activate or deactivate Google Analytics Advertising Features. If you prefer to err on the side of caution, consider disabling “Enable Google signals data collection” and “Ads Personalisation” in all regions.
User Data Collection Acknowledgement
Google has put a spotlight on the need for businesses to take responsibility for personal data collection. The User Data Collection Acknowledgment is a setting that represents your commitment to informing your website visitors about data collection and obtaining their consent.
Google Analytics 4: Property Setting on Data Collection (1)
Google Analytics 4: Property Setting on Data Collection (2)
Property Level: Data Settings – Data Retention
Google Analytics 4 Property Settings on Data Retention
Property Level: Product Links