viral - 10:51 pm on Nov 21, 2012 (gmt 0)
@taberstruths They collect WMT data whether you have an account or not. No Java script is placed on your site. All WMT does is let them share that data with you.
As for can they track info without GA? Yes they can.
If you call any Jquery from Google and most WP themes do these days.
If you run adsense ads then they can track cookie data through that
Chrome which is now the most popular web browser in the world.
and if you don't run chrome but run one of the other browsers and have Google as your default search in your tool bar then yes that toolbar search box drops a cookie on your machine. Test it, its fun. clear all cookies and run IE with a google search box in the toolbar and bang there is the cookie from Google.
If you install Google toolbar on a browser then yes that does the same.
Google is everywhere they know what 90% of people on the web are doing even if they don't go to google.com.
I can understand you being disgusted and I am also. However removing Google analytics won't change what they know about your site.