Ask IH: What if I don't show GDPR cookies consent for my personal blog? I'm not running ads.

I use Google analytics for my personal site and blog to track total views etc. I don't intend to use any ads so do I still need to show cookie consent banner? If so, is there any penalty if I don't show it and how likely is it in my case?

My site and blog: https://gourav.io

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    Google Analytics needs consent to be GDPR compliant.

    Why not find and switch to an indie analytics solution that is GDPR compliant and needs no consent.

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      This. GA is overkill for a personal blog. Using something like Plausible or Fathom.means you wouldn’t need a cookie consent banner.

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        agree.. it just that I don't intend to monetize my blog to justify paid analytics tool. Cloudflare privacy-first analytics seems to be free for now https://www.cloudflare.com/en-in/web-analytics/

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          Cloudflare is a great product. We use their CDN for performance and they also have other good privacy products like (a free phone app that will stop your ISP from tracking you).

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        Ditto for an alternative. I use Plausible Analytics.

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      +1 on anything other than GA.

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    You can also shut off the cookies and various data collections that Google Analytics does that are not GDPR compliant.

    Here's a blog that describes how to do this.


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      went through that blog and figured it's just not worth it setup GA. I guess I need to use fathom/plausible etc.

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