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Time Recording: GDPR | EU and UK user consent policy

User consent
As per EU regulation and this Google Ads Blog, Google requires all partners to gather user consent when showing advertisement.
The "Time Recording" app is affected by this, as we're exclusively using the Google AdMob Android SDK to show ads.
The screenshots below show how to opt in into non-personalised ads.

Consent is valid for 13 months
As stated on this page, your consent expires after 13 months; you'll be prompted to renew your consent after expiration.

Can users opt out and *not* consent?
No, this is not supported. You'll keep seeing the prompt until you consent.

Why is there a "Pro Upgrade" option?
"Pro Upgrade" disables advertisement in "Time Recording". If you don't want to see advertisement, or if you don't want to consent to the terms in the given consent form, then "Pro Upgrade" is the only way to continue using the "Time Recording" app.
Note: there are two options for going ad-free ("Pro Upgrade in Free" and "Pro Version"), more info see here.

Show the consent form again
After initial approval the consent form can be changed via "Data administration".
Caution: this form is provided by Google, previous settings are NOT retained.

Non-personalised ads

Option 1: The easy way. This requires Android 12 or newer.
• On the consent form, press "Consent" to allow personalised ads.
• Then go to the Android System settings, search for "Privacy" or "Ads", and delete your advertising ID. This overrides the app-specific ads personalisation. Note this is a system wide change and affects other apps with ads on your device as well.
• These screenshots are as of May 2024 from a Pixel Phone with Android 14. Navigation path, screen layout and wording can be different on your device.

Option 2: Use the Google consent form
The following screenshots show the minimum required consent options for non-personalised ads.
Caution: this form is provided by Google ("User Messaging Platform" Android SDK); its usability is horrible and beyond our control:
• The list of vendors is NOT sorted alphabetically, and you CANNOT search.
• The form is reverted to initial state whenever you open it again.
→ These screenshots are as of February 03, 2024. Google can change the content of these forms at any time.

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