In May 2021, Google Play announced the new Data safety section, which is a developer-provided disclosure for an app's data collection, sharing, and security practices.
This page can help you complete the requirements for this data disclosure in regards to your usage of the Play Games Services Android and/or C++ SDKs. On this page, you can find information on whether and how our SDKs handle end-user data, including examples of applicable configurations or invocations you can control as the app developer.
We aim to be as transparent as possible in supporting you. However, as the app developer, you are solely responsible for deciding how to respond to Google Play's Data safety section form regarding your app's end-user data collection, sharing, and security practices.
How to use the information on this page
This page lists the end-user data collected by only the latest version of the Play Games Services SDKs.
We provide information about data collected automatically and data collected depending on your usage. Automatic collection means that the SDK collects specific data without you invoking any specific method or class in your app. However, in many cases, the data collected by the SDK depends on your app's specific usage of the product, meaning your app's configuration and how you invoke the SDK.
To complete your data disclosure, you can use Android's guide about data types to help you determine which data type best describes the collected data. In your data disclosure, make sure to also account for how your specific app shares and uses the collected data.
Overview of data encryption, data sharing, and data deletion for Play Games Services SDKs
For the collected end-user data listed on this page, Play Games Services encrypts the data in transit using HTTPS.
Game Services data is exposed using a 3rd-party API. Your Play Games Services enabled game can only read/write the signed in player’s data for that game. It cannot access games service data for another game a user plays. When a user logs into your game using Play Games Services, their gamer identity is shared with your Play Games Services enabled game.
Users choose whether their profile is for "Friends only," for "Everyone," or “Only you.” When users choose the "Friends only" visibility, only users added as friends can see game data for the profile. If public, all other users can see game data for the profile. If private, other users can only see that the display name is in use, but not any game/gameplay data.
Users can also choose whether Play Games Services enabled games can access their friends lists (includes only the display name, not the email address) automatically or only when prompted by a game.
If Google collects Play Games Services data for an individual game, users can delete the data through their Play Games profile.
Play Games Services SDKs
Data collected automatically
The Play Games Services SDKs collect the following data automatically.
Collects the following Games account data when a user creates and updates their games account:
Collects analytics data to improve the stability of our SDKs and make product improvements.
Collects diagnostics data to improve the stability of our SDKs and make product improvements.
Data collected depending on your usage
Depending on how you configure or invoke the Play Games Services SDKs and the product's features, your app may collect end-user data that needs to be included in your data disclosure. The following table lists examples of end-user data that can be collected depending on your usage, but make sure to account for any data collected by your specific usage.
Cumulative data generated by users during gameplay and stored on Google's servers for game analytics. The player data to collect is defined by your app. This might include metrics such as how often users do the following (examples only):
Service data when a user progresses through a game. For example:
Metagame data when a user progresses through a game. For example:
Save game data when a user progresses through a game: