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Only the newest browsers (and not all of them) follow the "rule" about not revealing the referer when following a link from an https site to an http site.True. It also has to do with how the server is config'd, on the HTTPS site. The fields you see in the access log reports is set up that way either by OS default or by the admin.
The Referer field has the potential to reveal information about the request context or browsing history of the user, which is a privacy concern if the referring resource's identifier reveals personal information (such as an account name) or a resource that is supposed to be confidential (such as behind a firewall or internal to a secured service). Most general-purpose user agents do not send the Referer header field when the referring resource is a local "file" or "data" URI. A user agent MUST NOT send a Referer header field in an unsecured HTTP request if the referring page was received with a secure protocol.
RFC7231 Section 5.5.2 (Standards Track RFC) [tools.ietf.org]
As others have said, it's not necessarily implemented by the browsers correctly, but the referrer MUST be excluded in a HTTPS to HTTP referral.
So the problem will only get worse for opwners of those sitesIndeed. As most high-status sites go https, anyone left on http will start to lose referrer data from a wider set of referrers. This will seriously undermine all analytics packages, including GA.
An https page will not send referrer information to a non https page?A compliant browser will not, no.
Will it send referrer information to a page on a different site that is https?The host site can set preferences which may be supported by a browser. See here:
are we all going to have to get used to a lot less referrer information from now on?"All" - possibly. HTTP-only* - definitely.
I'm not sure if a link directed at http, which is then 301 to https will retain the referrer. I would assume not
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Site utterly tanked today and is now ranking/bouncing all over creation. Anyone seeing other weirdness today? Strange bird...
And are there any tools similar to GA that give more accurate results?
For non-google and non-bing traffic, no tool provides full information.And, cannot provide full information.
But what about overall traffic numbers? Is Google Analytics accurately reporting the amount of traffic you receive, even if it can't always tell you where it came from?