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Seeing how this doesn't use cookies - can it piece related page hits into a session?

A form of tracking is required to make collected data _actionable_. You'd normally want to know that people coming from this referrer bounce, but those coming from another source - stay, look around, subscribe/download/buy, etc. Being able to tell newcomers from returning visitors is also very useful.

More generally speaking, I strongly suspect that very few people will object to being tracked by the website as they traverse its own pages. Ditto for receiving a cookie to facilitate the process. It's the cross-site 3rd party tracking that's an issue. In other words, restricting self-hosted analytics package to NOT use cookies solves a problem that doesn't exist and it's a rather pointless thing to do.

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