Information about how this website handles user data (click for details)
Personally, I value online privacy more than the apparent benefit of built-in social sharing buttons, or having access to visitor information via Google Analytics.
For those familiar with the Hugo Academic theme, I use the following specification in params.toml:
# [marketing] google_analytics = ""
In addition, I disable social sharing buttons on this website:
# Enable in-built social sharing buttons? (true/false) sharing = false
Companies such as Facebook and Twitter are able to collect data about a user's browsing behavior on websites that include social plugins. For more information:
https://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/faqs (accessed 29 January 2020)
https://www.facebook.com/help/186325668085084 (What information does Facebook get when I visit a site with the Like button?, accessed 29 January 2020)
https://developer.twitter.com/en/docs/twitter-for-websites/privacy (What information does Twitter collect through Twitter for Websites and how is that information used?, accessed 29 January 2020)
There might be ways to use social sharing buttons while opting out of having information from my website used to personalize content/ads that you see on social media platforms. The Twitter link above discusses this. However, I would need to change the code for each social sharing button separately, and I would need to regularly check if these settings are still working as intended. All this for the benefit of allowing you to share content from this website on a social media platform by simply clicking on a built-in button. If you do want to share content from this website, all you need to do is copy-paste the relevant link in a new post on the platform of your choice.