Hi all, over the holidays, a few of us at AppSheet have been hard at work to ensure that the apps you build on AppSheet are suitably architected for the business environment of 2020 — especially with respect to privacy and compliance. In Europe, there are GDPR requirements while in the US, California is introducing its CCCA laws this year.
Starting today, we are gradually rolling out a change that ensures that every AppSheet app will automatically launch such an end-user consent dialog when user X first uses app Y. AppSheet will automatically detect what information the app will access and will prompt the user for appropriate consent. The ToS and PP of each app are customizable by each app creator. You can find the ability to do so on the Info -> Properties pane of the app editor.
If the user does consent, then the app functions normally as it did before. If the user does not consent, then they will not be able to proceed to use the app.
For some, this may seem like an unnecessary level of friction and we understand that sentiment. However, since the vast majority of our customers are businesses for whom topics like compliance and privacy are important and in some cases issues of law, we believe it is important to enforce this change uniformly across the platform.
As always when we make significant changes, we want to make sure we share our motivations and the principles behind the changes, and gladly welcome your feedback and suggestions for improvement. We realize that this consent dialog is not yet localized (it is only in English at the moment) and there may be layout improvements that we can refine as we learn from you.