Afield Trails Privacy Policy

We don’t collect information unless we think it will make a better product for you.

Afield Trails apps are not social apps, so we do not ask for or collect information like names or addresses. We do track common things to help us understand what’s going on with the apps. As a location app, Afield tracks your location, but we only what we need to make the app better. We do not resell your data and do not let third parties use it.

We take precautions to communicate and store all data securely; however, you should remember that no system is 100% safe.

What we record automatically

When you use our mobile apps, Afield Trails will automatically collect information about how you use the app and information about the device. This includes the device type and capabilities, a unique identifier for your device, content accessed, timing information, crash reports, and an approximate location within the park for each event. Search queries that are entered into the app are logged.

This data helps us understand how the apps are being used and how to continue to improve. We also use this to discover problems users are facing and otherwise maintain the apps. The data is shared with third parties only for help analyzing and visualizing the data on our behalf.

Our webpage uses Google Analytics to analyze visitors’ activity on the webpage. See the Google Analytics section below.

Location permissions

The location permission is used to the app can be aware of your location using GPS and other sensors. Location information is extremely important to the app because we try to give you content that is most relevant for where you are! In particular, we use location for:

  • Determining your location, direction, and speed along trails in the trail system covered by the app.
  • Determining if you are nearby or within the area covered by the app.

The app does not communicate your location to any internet service. Whether you are nearby, in, or far from the area covered by the app is included with app usage information.

Android permissions

Your location is monitored in the background so that you do not need to manually start recording your location, and we can provide functionality by knowing the route you have traveled within the region covered by the app. We ask for the RECEIVE_BOOT_COMPLETED permission to make sure the background monitoring continues working after rebooting the device.

The INTERNET and ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE permissions are used for reporting the information described in ‘What we record automatically’ and for periodically updating content and functionality of the app.

Third parties

Google Analytics

Google Analytics uses cookies to help us analyze how users use our website and apps. The information generated by these cookies (including your IP address) is transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your and other users’ use of Afield Trails’ apps and webpage. Learn more about Google Analyics and privacy.

Mail Chimp

Afield Trails’ mailing list is managed using Mail Chimp. It uses information you voluntarily provide to the service, such as your name and email address, and automatically-collected information about your sign up process and your interactions with the emails you receive for use by Afield Traills. Learn more about Mail Chimp’s privacy policy.

Changes and Updates to this Privacy Policy

We may occasionally update this Privacy Policy, and when we do so, we will also revise the last update date set out below. Please be sure to check back here from time to time to ensure that you are aware of any changes to this Privacy Policy. If we make material changes in the way we use personal information, we will notify you by posting an announcement to our mailing list.

Last update: May 21, 2018
Updates for iOS, adding search terms as logged data, and third party section.