How Verified Data Audits Work

Category: Knowledge Base | General

Verified Data uses a unique forensic hybrid method that audits over 200 unit tests performed on your website and Google Analytics account data.

Signals

Firstly, the tool spiders your website looking for trackable content. The spider behaves just like a real visitor in that it waits for each page to load, then searches for clickable elements e.g. file downloads, outbound links, search boxes, submission forms etc., and clicks on them. The purpose being to listen for any signals sent to Google Analytics. If the pageview or any of those click-throughs do not send a Google Analytics hit, then you know there is a problem…

Stress Tests

Secondly, when you authenticate Verified Data with your Google Analytics account, API requests are conducted to query your data. Heuristic tests look for oddities such as any duplicate data points, missing data, inaccurate and incorrect data – including e-commerce (both standard and enhanced e-commerce). It also stress tests your governance and hunts for traces of personal information – which of course you should not be collecting…

The hybrid method

Note, Verified Data can only spider a website that you have Google Analytics access to. You cannot spider the entire web with it!

See also:  GDPR Background


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