How do I know if a web page has Google Analytics associated with it?

For web pages you visit (and don’t own)

Note: If the web page you’re visiting uses Google Tag Manager, you won’t be able to determine whether or not the page uses Analytics. Pages using Google Tag Manager will have a container snippet instead of the Analytics tracking code. Only users with access to the Google Tag Manager container being used can see what tags (including the Analytics tracking code) are being used.

There are different ways you can find out if a web page you’re visiting (and don’t own) uses Analytics. The most common ways to check are built into most modern browsers. You can either view the source code, which instructs the browser what to load or use browser-based developer tools to see if the page is sending information to Analytics.

When you’re looking for Analytics, try both methods. It’s common for the Analytics JavaScript to be included directly on a web page, so you can see it in the source code. It’s possible for a page to call Analytics from another source. In these cases, you won’t see the JavaScript directly on the page. You’ll only be able to tell if the page is using Analytics if you check the developer tools for communication with Analytics.

If you’re using Chrome, and want to check the source code for the Analytics JavaScript:

  1. Load a web page in the Chrome browser.
  2. Right-click the page, then click View page source.
  3. You should see a lot of code. Search the page for gtag.js or analytics.js (for Universal Analytics) or ga.js (for Classic Analytics). A site can use both the Universal and Classic JavaScript libraries at the same time.

If you’re using Chrome, and want to use the developer tools:

  1. Load a web page in the Chrome browser.
  2. From the browser menu, select More tools > Developer tools.
  3. Click the Network tab. If you don’t see any data in the table, refresh the page.
  4. In the Initiator column, look for gtag.js or analytics.js (for Universal Analytics) or ga.js (for Classic Analytics). A site can use both the Universal and Classic JavaScript libraries at the same time.

Availability and access to these tools vary. Check your browser’s help center for more information on how to check the source code or use the developer tools.

Source: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/1032399?hl=en

Until today, I didn’t know that Germany does not allow Google Street View

Today I finished book II of Victor Klemperer’s “I Will Bear Witness” and in it he mentions his and his wife’s stay at Unterbernbach, Germany as refugees. I wanted to take a look at a street view of this tiny German hamlet that hosted the Klemperer’s for several weeks following their flight from bombed-out Dresden. However, I found out that Germany does not allow Google Street View ostensibly for privacy issues. News to me. Apparently, it’s been a subject of discussion for years just under my radar.  I’m happy that V. Klemperer and his wife survived their Ulysses-like travails in Nazi Germany 1933-1945. I will miss them.