Earlier this month, Google announced the official end-of-life for Google Analytics 3: Universal Analytics and rallied partners and customers to prepare to migrate to its successor, Google Analytics 4 (GA4).
To quote Google directly, “Universal Analytics was built for a generation of online measurement that was anchored in the desktop web, independent sessions, and more easily observable data from cookies.” Today, organizations engage online with audiences who consume content with multiple devices and across multiple channels, including apps and, sometimes, multiple websites.
Growing consumer privacy concerns and evolving data privacy regulations also require organizations to rethink how they track customer journeys. While Universal Analytics offers limited privacy settings, GA4 is designed with user privacy at its core, with an anonymized model for tracking user behavior (no longer storing IP addresses) and detailed country-level privacy controls.
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