Permission settings and confidentiality on Android

 

Don’t worry, FAIRTIQ uses personal data exclusively for detecting your journeys and finding the right tickets. We do not sell your personal data.

 

What Permission settings should I enable on Android?

This answer is exclusively for Android users. For iPhone/iOS users, please refer to this page.

  • Location preferences: Set to “Allow all the time” to make sure FAIRTIQ can track your location and detect the right journey while you are using another app (so-called “background data”). 
  • Physical activity: Set to “Allow”, so that FAIRTIQ can detect footsteps and remind you to check-out when you have reached your destination.
  • Notifications: Allow notifications, so that FAIRTIQ can send you check-out reminders as well as price summary of your journey. 
  • Mobile data: Set to On, so that your mobile phone can communicate with FAIRTIQ during the journey, to guarantee a valid ticket. FAIRTIQ typically uses 1MB of data per hour.
  • Battery Saving Mode: Deactivate it when you travel with FAIRTIQ, as it stops access to your locations data... Especially if you are using a Huawei, Xiaomi, OnePlus or Oppo.

The easiest way to make sure all these permissions are enabled is to re-install the FAIRTIQ app and authorise all accesses.

 

Will FAIRTIQ still work if I use location preference “Allowed only while in use” or “Denied”? 

No, FAIRTIQ will not work. 

With these location preferences, FAIRTIQ cannot access “background data”: your location if the app is not visible on the screen (for example if you are using another app). Therefore, FAIRTIQ is not able to make sure to detect the right journey and to guarantee a valid ticket.

 

So, when does FAIRTIQ access my location?

FAIRTIQ only tracks your data when the app is open or when a journey is ongoing. 

  • FAIRTIQ starts accessing your location when you open the app. 
  • FAIRTIQ stops accessing your location when the journey is finalized: 5 minutes after the price is displayed, the latest.

 

What happens to my personal data?

We do not sell your personal data. At FAIRTIQ, we care a lot about data privacy and comply with all national and international standards such as the GDPR. We also are in communication with data protection agency as well as consumer protection entities.

Here is some more information about this topic:
Our promise to you on our website
An overview of our Privacy Policy
A blog article about data privacy written by our CTO

 

This setting uses a lot of battery. What can I do?

We measured the battery usage of FAIRTIQ on the various phone models and operating systems. On average we noted that FAIRTIQ uses around 3% per hour. The battery empties much faster if other apps/features are used alongside FAIRTIQ.

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