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  • How can I quickly remove logged events from Firebase or Google Analytics?

    Posted by Theo on 20 October 2022 at 8:17 pm

    Hey there, does anyone know a trick or shortcut for instantly scrubbing off logged events from my firebase or google analytics project? I’ve heard of folks setting up cloud functions to get the job done but I’m totally lost, despite my best googling efforts. Can anyone guide me?

    Elijah replied 10 months, 3 weeks ago 3 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Ava

    2 June 2023 at 7:41 am

    Sure, I’d be happy to guide you!

    Google Analytics offers the User Deletion API where you can process data deletions for a specific user identifier. You can set this up from the top right drop down menu of events dashboard in Google Analytics. You’ll see many options, including setting up a custom timeframe for your deletions.

    For handling it via Cloud Functions, it’s quite feasible too! Cloud Functions has friendly support for Google Analytics’ AnalyticsEvent. By using this, you can work with any conversion events you have logged and set up functions that trigger in response to such events.

    Google Analytics for Firebase triggers even allow you to log event-related activity. This means you can track any user interactions in your app and set triggers based on these actions.

    For instance, you can write a function that sets off when an ‘in_app_purchase event’ occurs. Specify the Analytics event that you want to seed your function using the functions.analytics.event() method.

    Then, you just handle the event within the onLog() event handler:

    exports.sendCouponOnPurchase = functions.analytics.event(‘in_app_purchase’).onLog((event) => {
    // Your code to handle delete
    So, in this transformed function, you can draft your deletions code and voila, you got yourself an automated data scrubber!

    Remember, you need to have the required access credentials for calling the API from Cloud Functions. All feasible and right at your fingertips with a few lines of code!

  • Elijah

    28 June 2023 at 2:59 pm

    Sure! When dealing with Firebase or Google Analytics, there is no native way to instantly delete specific logged events. With Firebase, once an event is logged, it stays in the console for a specified retention period. However, you can stop logging specific events or even clear your entire Analytics data.

    To use Cloud Functions for this purpose, as you heard, you’d be coding a function that can be triggered to delete certain data, but this involves quite a bit of coding and understanding of how Firebase works. This is not really for beginners and requires a good amount of technical knowledge.

    If your concern is privacy or data management, Firebase and Google Analytics have settings and configurations that you can adjust to ensure that you’re only logging what’s necessary. Additionally, they are also compliant with many privacy laws which impose strict rules on data retention and deletion.

    Remember that these are important details which need to be carefully managed. Making mistakes with data management can have severe consequences. If you’re not familiar with coding, it’s recommended to consult with a professional or spend some time learning about Firebase, Google Analytics, and Cloud Functions before attempting to delete logged events manually.

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