This post was written 5 years ago and therefore may not be as accurate as more recent posts.

Just over a week after Google made an announcement to increase privacy for users, which has mainly angered a lot of the SEO community, a bug has been found where you can view a random domain that also has Google Analytics installed.

Col Skinner (aka @SEOSherlock) found this bug today and has kindly let me share a screenshot of what he found:

Google Analytics Privacy Issue
uh-oh Spaghetti-O's!

Here’s how he found it, and how you can replicate it (I was able to do so):

  1. Log into any account report then go to Content -> Site Content -> Pages / Landing Pages / Exit Pages
  2. Click on the “open in new tab” icon to the right of any pages.

The resulting popup will be to the URL path you clicked on, but the domain itself will be completely random. To make things even worse, all you need to do is refresh the page to be given another random domain.

UPDATE: A day later, Google confirmed to Barry Schwartz that the bug has now been fixed

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