I’ve been a fan of the existence of Duck Duck Go, the search engine that focuses on privacy. It’s search results are sometimes not as useful or comprehensive as I’d like, but most of the time, it’s great knowing that what I search for there won’t follow me around the Web.
So I subscribe to the Duck Duck Go Privacy Weekly newsletter, and I just learned about how Nintendo is using Google Analytics in the eShop. The latest firmware update will apparently automatically turn on data sharing even if you had turned it off prior to the update.
If you’re in Europe, you have the benefit of the EU’s GDPR to protect your privacy, and so you’re probably less concerned about the kind of data that is being collected about you.
In the US, we have no such privacy laws, but at least Nintendo Switch offers an opt-out in this case.
- Open System Settings and go to Users, then select your Switch’s primary user
- Select Nintendo eShop Settings, and type in your password if you need to
- Scroll down to the bottom and click “Change” button under Google Analytics Preferences
- Click the “Don’t Share” option, then click the “Change” button on the right
I hope you find this helpful. I feel better if my kids end up on the eShop that they aren’t being tracked any more than they already are online.