In the past couple of days, a number of Iranian websites have lost their access to Google Analytics. This issue is caused by “a violation of Analytics policies” as Google’s support team has answered.
These days the Iranian tech community is fighting with new challenges every day. In the past couple of days, a number of Iranian companies lost their Google Analytics’ account without a prior notice. Analytics is a service by Google which tracks and reports website traffic. This freemium service is a popular tool for website and mobile application developers for its comprehensive features.
After our initial research, we found out that Iranian websites which were restricted from Google Analytics were also using AdWords, another service by Google which allows advertisers to place their ads on the web. We assume that this termination of accounts by Google could be due to economic sanctions imposed on Iran. We have not yet received an official statement from Google on this issue.
Some of the messages which have been received by Iranian webmasters from Google Analytics team are the following:
“I’m afraid the accounts can not be restored, as they have been terminated indefinitely. I’m sorry to say I do not have much information on the reason for the suspension of the account, as it had been reviewed by our policy team.”
“We regret to inform you that this Google Analytics account has been canceled due to Terms of Service violations. For additional questions, please visit the Help Center.”
“It seems that your account has lost its access due to a violation of Analytics Policies. Unfortunately, I do not know what exact policy was violated as it is outside of my team’s scope. However, I was informed that we won’t be able to offer access to this analytics account.”
After exploring this issue and asking a number of other Iranian webmasters, we found out that there are still many websites which are using Google’s Analytics and AdWords and haven’t lost their account until now.
In the past couple of weeks, the Iranian tech community has been under a lot of pressure due to imposed sanctions on Iran. Last month, in August Apple pulled some of the Iranian apps from its store and rejected updates from them. Since then, Iranian developers have been using unofficial app stores for their iOS users.
In other news, Google has recently added Iran, China, Cuba, Macau, Myanmar and Sudan to its list of supported countries on Google Play. Users from these countries were previously restricted from accessing this Android app marketplace. Currently, except Macau the other newly added countries can only download free apps.
Iranian developers have been through many obstacles due to economic sanctions through out the years. For now, we have to wait and see how this new issue is going to end for Iran’s tech community.