One line summary is that Playground does not store, nor sell your personal information. Some third parties do access some of your data on Playground behalf for ads, crash analytics and stats purposes (Google, Amazon, Flurry ,Fabric and Facebook) – read further for more details. This personal info are things based on so called Advertising ID (which you can reset) and can be treated similar to what cookies enable in web browsers.
What I store offline are anonymized usage stats (e.g. what melodies are played most in the piano app, what are the most beloved coloring pages and what colors are being used in a coloring app etc). I use this data to improve my apps – but there is no information that can identify its source – its just a report like: “someone has selected ‘happy birthday’ in little piano”.
As for the terms of service listed below – we do what we can to make the apps as error-free as possible – yet you are on your own risk and the apps + this site is provided on “as-is” basis.
Finally – for the kids usage – all the apps should be enjoyed under direct supervision of a caregiver (i.e. parent).
More info below….
While Playground Apps do not store any of your personal information, due to usage of external libraries (Google Ads) and the way Google Play store operates (paid apps only) you should be aware of the following.
1) Free apps (iOS, Android and Windows Phone) do use Google Ads and Facebook Ads hence you are subject to http://www.google.com/policies/and http://www.admob.com/home/privacy and http://facebook.com/privacy – I believe you are subject to those whenever you use internet anyway 🙂
In some apps I also experiment with Amazon Mobile Ads – still, not storing the data on my end – this makes you subject to http://www.amazon.com/b/?&node=5160028011 and http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=468496
2) Paid apps for Android – your email address is reported within Google Sales report. It is not being downloaded or stored elsewhere. Will not be shared, sold, etc. Also, the standard Sales Report consist of your Country, City and Postal Code (one you entered when registering your phone in Google Play I believe) – this data is downloaded but discarded for Tax processing.
4) Finally – apps I develop using Corona SDK use Corona analytics to track app usage (no PII data). For that – check https://amplitude.com/privacy. Again – I do not download nor share that data with anyone.
For all of the above – I do not store results offline, do not sell, distribute them – they remain in the system of record by Google, Admob, Amazon, Flurry. Fabric, Corona, Facebook or Amplitude.
Net – I believe there is no harm done to your privacy – other than by above linked policies by external parties. No offline storage outside of their services. No sale of any data.
PS. There is a smal fraction of anonymous data (I cannot track where it comes from) I use for tracking app usage (coloring page selected, colors used) that is stored offline but this piece has no personal info stored whatsoever. This is tracked so I can improve based on app usage patterns.
Terms of Service
All the apps are provided “as-is” … which can be treated as “while it seems to work well for thousands of people, you never know if it will work for you so: test it, and expect no more than what your tests results show”.
Especially – you are encouraged to try a free version prior a purchase.
While Playground strives to make its applications and information on this website as error free, functional and accurate as possible, Playground makes no claims, promises, or guarantees about the accuracy, functionality, completeness, or adequacy of the contents of this site or any of applications published. Playground expressly disclaims liability for errors and omissions. No warranty of any kind, implied, expressed, or statutory, including but not limited to the warranties of non-infringement of third party rights, title, merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose or freedom from computer virus, is given. Net – you use the apps and this webpage at your own risk.
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The following code libraries are being used – most of the cases in a slightly updated form than the public sources below (all are either using Apache or MIT License).
- HoloColorPicker (https://github.com/LarsWerkman/HoloColorPicker)
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