BikeTagOrg is no longer in the cookiejar

BikeTag.Org, for it’s short time in development since 2018, has used google tag manager and google analytics to load and track user traffic on our site. These products install cookies into the browser, which was recently legislatively regulated in Eastern parts of the world to require the use of consent banners for such cookies. When we started building this app it was important for us to know how well it was doing, what device users were using and what screen sizes they were viewing the site in, and how many people visit the site from links that we put out versus links from other sites. This is how our application was monitored for it’s health and utility to the community at large. That community at large was, for all intents and purposes pursuant to the application’s userbase, mostly centered in the United States. The United States of unregulated internet monitoring and marketing.

Earlier in 2020, BikeTag.Org expanded to include regions all over the world and not just in it’s one flagship location of Portland, Oregon. This expansion includes Vienna, Austria and since then we have grown in EU traffic to our website. Today, in lock-step with GitHub going cookieless, BikeTag.Org no longer includes third-party cookies for any website. Moving forward, BikeTagOrg websites and applications will not create any cookies on your devices unless they are crucial to the function of the website or application itself.

So what does all this techno-jargon mean?
  • You will no longer be tracked by Google, or any other website, as a result of visiting BikeTagOrg websites
    • we may still try to log traffic and the metadata attached to it from visits to our sites and applications for improving user experiences
  • Cookies may still be installed if you want any of the site features that persist across visits to the site
    • like getting notifications or using BikeTag Ambassador logins
    • these cookies don’t require the consent banner
  • You won’t see that annoying cookie consent banner
    • consent is radically important to us.
    • we decided we want to do less things that require asking for your consent first, in the first place; by simply showing you text and images and letting you submit your own text and images, and nothing else.

So hey, thanks for reading this. It probably doesn’t mean a lot to you that you don’t see that little popup when you visit our websites, or maybe it does mean a lot to you, either way, we hope you continue to support open-source projects and the free and open internet as well by staying informed on data privacy protections.

Published by Ken Eucker

Hello, my name is Ken. I love to design applications, write poetry, ride my bicycle, hike to hot springs, backpack through forests, take candid photographs, and talk about the intersection of technology and psychology.

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