This is more than strange. We are talking about a central storage and not a google android phone. The "solution" to "opt out" google analytics is not to disable it AT the storage, but to INSTALL a google analytics blocker in the webbrowser. I hope you get enough money from your google partnership to do such things and maybe lose some customers to huawei, dell etc.
- Google Analytics is in use for the NetApp Cloud Portal web-based services only
- NetApp uses Google Analytics according legal boundaries, collecting anonymous data for our purposes and not sharing them
Is it really NetApp's official position to take what is a "legal boundary" as a defense for planting Google spyware into your software? You realize that the customers have the final say here with our dollars, right?
Using Google Analytics also sends that data to/through Google. You seem to be totally missing the point here about that. "Anonymous data" has been shown, time and time again, to be easily de-anonymized. As soon as it gets out that NetApp is sending customer data to Google by default, your products are going to be less palatable to businesses that care about security.
NetApp needs to understand that protecting their customers is priority #1, at all times. Customers should not need to "opt out" of anything. If a customer chooses to "opt in", that's a different story, but opt-out / deselected should always be the default way to go.
Thank you for your answer. We are at the moment considering the opt-in option too.
You wrote that you will bring up it with your management. Please consider opening a case if you want to address your concerns with NetApp and we can make contact for your management that they could discuss it directly with us.