I'm quite sure that some tracking is generally always present. Even here, there are probably cookies that keep track of personal preferences, etc. The code I placed on my web pages that I got from www.statcounter.com are java based that basically "phone home" to my account there and arranges and sorts the info for me to have a look at. When I open up the main page for statcounter.com, there are some "ads" in there if I wanted to click, but I just go to my account and use my username/password and check to see the stats on who visited what pages. "Who" is pretty generic. I know what country and what ISP they use, but I don't know "WHO" specific really visited. If I had a business, I could see the pages with the most interest on them from the page hits. If I had a business I would see who was attracted to the site and from where, geographically speaking, they might be.
I'm not saying that www.statcounter.com does not reap some benefit from my using their service, but, because of using their services, I have not had any increase of email spam, offers, phone offers, unusual emails, etc.
In their forum site they have a discussion where you can leave feedback good or bad about them and voice your opinion. The only negative I have seen is from those that have paid services, and that is a matter of having more for less.
Like I was stating earlier, there is nothing I gain from someone going there and trying out their services. I am a free account there anyway. It's just one persons gift to the community to have a peek at something that someone else might truly like.
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