In order to help users understand how your app collects and shares data, app owners must enter data safety details of their app within the Google Play developer console prior to being able to publish. With this information, users will be able to learn about some of the data types the app may collect, and whether that data is linked to them or used to track them.

The information below describes data collection and sharing performed by the app when using the standard building blocks provided by our platform. If you're using web service blocks to extend your app's functionality, then please make sure to take this into account when answering the data safety questions posed by Google.


The data safety details can be provided through the Google Play developer console. To do so, please login on https://play.google.com/apps/publish/?hl=en with your Google Play developer account. Please make sure that the account you're using to log in with has at least an Admin role. Any other role is insufficient to perform the required actions.


When logged in, open your app from the App Overview page. Once opened, you'll find the Data Safety questions via the App Content page listed in the bottom of the left-side menu. Open this page and click the 'Start' button to start the data safety questionnaire.



 


After clicking the Start button, you'll be shown a page with information about the Data Safety questionnaire. After reading the information, use the Next button in the bottom-right corner of the screen to continue.



 


After clicking Next, you will be presented with three questions which can all be answered with 'Yes'.


 



 


Click the Next button in the bottom-right corner of the screen to continue to the next page. On this page you will have to select all data types that are collected or shared by the app. You can use the 'Show' button to the right side of the data type group to select the specific data type(s). There are a number of data types which are collected by all apps created with AppMachine, which we will list below.


If you've added any custom functionality to the app through which data is collected or shared, then please make sure to also select the data types which are used for this functionality.


  • Location
    All AppMachine Android apps use the 'Approximate Location' and 'Precise Location' in order to allow app owners to send location-based push notifications to their app users. Other than that, functionality like maps and location-based lock blocks also require the use of this permission.


  • Personal info
    Whether or not you enable the checkboxes in this section depends on the functionality you've added to the app. For example, if the app contains a Contact Form through which personal information is provided, then enable the boxes for the information that the user can provide within the app. Additionally, if users can  -or are required to- login to the app, then you'll have to check the boxes concerning the collection of names and email addresses. 


  • Financial info
    The 'Financial info' option in this section concerns payments which are handled through means other than a payment service. For example, if your app contains a manual payment option, then the 'Payment Info' option has to be checked. If your app uses PayPal checkouts, then you do not have to check this box, because these payments are handled by PayPal without you ever seeing the users payment information.

    If your app collects or shares any other type of financial information from its users, then check the appropriate box(es) accordingly.


  • Health and fitness
    If your app collects or shares any health or fitness related information of the user, for example medical records, symptoms, exercise or physical activity, then check the appropriate box(es) accordingly.

    Health and fitness information is not collected or shared by AppMachine-created Android apps through standard functionality.


  • Messages
    If your app collects or shares any information of the user related to messages, for example email, SMS/MMS, or other messaging data, then check the appropriate box(es) accordingly.

    Messages data (Emails, SMS/MMS, or other forms of messaging) is not collected or shared by AppMachine-created Android apps through standard functionality.


  • Photos and videos
    If your app collects or shares any photos and videos provided by the user, then check the appropriate box(es) accordingly. For example, if your app uses a Form block through which a photo can be uploaded.


  • Audio files
    If your app collects or shares any audio related data provided by the user, for example voice recordings, music file uploads, or other audio files, then check the appropriate box(es) accordingly.

    Audio related data is not collected or shared by AppMachine-created Android apps through standard functionality.


  • Files and docs
    If your app collects or shares any file related data provided by the user, for example document uploads, then check the appropriate box(es) accordingly.

    File related data is not collected or shared by AppMachine-created Android apps through standard functionality.


  • Calendar
    If your app collects or shares any data related to the app users' calendar, then check this option.

    Note that this does not concern a calendar / events block in the app, as this block only displays events created by the app developer. This only concerns collecting or sharing data belonging to the app user.


  • Contacts
    Contact related data is not collected or shared by AppMachine-created Android apps through standard functionality.


  • App activity
    All AppMachine-created Android apps track user interaction for analytic purposes. Within this section you'll have to select the options 'App interactions' and 'Other actions'.


  • Web browsing
    Web browsing related data is not collected or shared by AppMachine-created Android apps through standard functionality.


  • App info and performance
    All AppMachine-created Android apps track app performance for analytic purposes. Within this section you'll have to select the 'Crash logs' option.


  • Device or other IDs
    All AppMachine-created Android apps support push notifications to be sent to the app user. In order to be able to do this, a Device ID is required. Therefor, within this section you'll have to select the 'Device or other IDs' option.


After selecting all the options applicable to your Android app, you can use the Next button to continue. On the next page, you'll have to answer questions on how data is used and handled for each of the options selected on the previous page. The data which is collected and shared by AppMachine by default is listed below. 


  • Location: Approximate location

    Is this data collected, shared, or both?Collected
    Is this data processed ephemerally?No
    Is this data required for your app, or can users choose whether it's collected?Users can choose whether this data is collected.
    Why is this user data collected?App functionality
    Analytics


  • Location: Precise location

    Is this data collected, shared, or both?Collected
    Is this data processed ephemerally?No
    Is this data required for your app, or can users choose whether it's collected?Users can choose whether this data is collected.
    Why is this user data collected?App functionality
    Analytics


  • App info and performance: Crash logs


    Is this data collected, shared, or both?Collected
    Is this data processed ephemerally?No
    Is this data required for your app, or can users choose whether it's collected?Data collection is required.
    Why is this user data collected?Analytics


  • App activity: App interactions


    Is this data collected, shared, or both?Collected
    Is this data processed ephemerally?No
    Is this data required for your app, or can users choose whether it's collected?Data collection is required.
    Why is this user data collected?Analytics


  • App activity: Other actions


    Is this data collected, shared, or both?Collected
    Is this data processed ephemerally?No
    Is this data required for your app, or can users choose whether it's collected?Data collection is required.
    Why is this user data collected?Analytics


  • Device or other IDs


    Is this data collected, shared, or both?Collected
    Is this data processed ephemerally?No
    Is this data required for your app, or can users choose whether it's collected?Data collection is required.
    Why is this user data collected?App functionality
    Analytics
    Developer communications
    Account management



All other data type collecting and sharing is dependant of whether you've added functionality to the app that requires the user to provide this information. 


When you've finished providing the answers on how data is used and handled by your app, then you can use the Next button in the bottom-right corner of the screen to continue to the Preview page.


Lastly, on the Preview page, use the Save button in the bottom-right corner to complete the data safety questionnaire.