NEWS8 June 2010

IP ban by Turkish government hampers Google Analytics

Europe Government

TURKEY— Website owners in Turkey may have struggled to gain access to their Google Analytics traffic stats since last week after the government banned a number of IP addresses the search giant uses.

A Google spokesman confirmed reports had been received “that some Google applications are unable to be accessed in Turkey”.

“We are working to get our services back up as soon as possible,” the company added.

Google said the access problems appeared to be linked to the ongoing ban on YouTube in the country. The ban dates back to 2007, when the government took offence to a video posted on the site that allegedly insulted Turkey’s founding father Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

TechCrunch reports that as part of its efforts to block YouTube, the Turkish government last week attempted a blanket ban of a range of IP addresses, including those used by Google Analytics, Docs, Translate and Books, among others.