Legal Feasibility of Automated Data Collection for Statistical Purposes in the EU
Internet-based measurement is using Internet as source of data gathering and it is a method of automated data collection. The three most common Internet-based measurement approaches are user-centric, network-centric and site-centric measurements. User-centric relies on in-depth analysis of behavior of users by installing software and application; network-centric measures traffic flows between users and content throughout the network; and site-centric collects data from one to more websites. Internet as a source of data gathering could lower the costs and increase the speed of data collection for statistical purposes compared with traditional manual methods. Statistics analysis is important as it may contribute to value added service.