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I am working on a simple app to get started in Android. I am trying to understand what information is shared with a developer from the Play Store as a result of downloading an app but I am finding it difficult to find specifics - for example if the IP address or unique device identifier is shared. I am working in the UK only to start with so need to respect users privacy and comply with EU GDPR and the US Safe Harbor Framework.

Have found this link https://developer.android.com/training/id-auth/identify but it does not have specific information about what is available on the API.

  • Though developer-oriented questions are off-topic on this site, what this question asks for is relevant for end-users as well – after all, it is their personal data. So I'm asking close-voters to refrain from close-voting this – and Dave to shift the focus to the user (and away from your privacy-policy ;) You could also check details on the "Developer Console" (as far as I've heard, that's where the developer should receive such data), and possibly answer your own question :) – Izzy Aug 28 '18 at 13:35
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    OK thanks Izzy. I will have a look at the links you have suggested and rephrase the question. – Dave Tallett Aug 28 '18 at 13:51
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I have looked at the link to the Developer Console but until I have an app published there is nothing to see for example the content of reports.

The Google Privacy policy talks about developers and then gives an example of data shared with G Suite domain administrators.

Shared with domain administrators - If you’re a student or work for an organisation that uses Google services (such as G Suite), your domain administrator and resellers who manage your account will have access to your Google Account. They may be able to: Access and retain information stored in your account, such as your email View statistics regarding your account, such as how many apps you install Change your account password Suspend or terminate your account access Receive your account information in order to satisfy applicable law, regulation, legal process or enforceable governmental request Restrict your ability to delete or edit your information or your privacy settings

The same sort of approach would be useful for app developers.

In the section about Partners Google says the following -

WHO ARE GOOGLE’S PARTNERS?

Google works with businesses and organisations in a variety of ways. We refer to these businesses and organisations as 'partners'. For example, over 2 million non-Google websites and apps partner with Google to show ads. Millions of developer partners publish their apps on Google Play. Other partners help Google with securing our services; information about security threats can help us notify you if we think your account has been compromised (at which point we can help you take steps to protect your account).

Note that we also work with trusted businesses as 'data processors' rather than partners, meaning that they process information on our behalf, to support our services, based on our instructions and in compliance with our Privacy Policy and other appropriate confidentiality and security measures. The Google Privacy Policy has more information about how we use data processors. Information collected or received by Google’s advertising partners Specific partners, listed below, can collect or receive non-personally identifiable information about your browser or device when you use Google sites and apps. These partners collect this information for advertising and ad measurement purposes, using their own cookies or similar technologies. For example, we allow YouTube creators and advertisers to work with measurement companies to learn about the audience of their YouTube videos or ads, using cookies or similar technologies. You can learn more about how these specific partners collect and use your information:

Nielsen

comScore

Integral Ad Science

DoubleVerify

Oracle Data Cloud

Kantar

RN SSI Group

YouTube also allows advertisers and creators to serve advertisements directly, using their own ad-serving technologies, outside EEA countries.

Another example is merchants on our shopping pages who use cookies to understand how many different people see their product listings. We don’t share information that personally identifies you with our advertising partners, such as your name or email, unless you ask us to share it. For example, if you see an ad for a nearby flower shop and select the 'tap to call' button, we’ll connect your call and may share your phone number with the flower shop.

You can read more about the information that Google collects, including from partners, in the Privacy Policy.

As you can see these extracts are talking about advertising mostly and for my purposes I will not be serving adverts to start with. I will come back to this answer in the future if I get more specific information.

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