We are currently looking into how the soon to be released privacy settings for users will affect our apps, specifically Tempo Timesheets and Tempo Planner. We are particularly interested in the default state, and the admin tools provided to control these privacy settings for managed accounts.
Our understanding of Atlassian’s plans for introducing the user privacy settings is that for personal accounts, the defaults (other than email) will be public, but for managed accounts the defaults will be private, at least for full name and avatar. Furthermore, our understanding is that 3rd party apps visibility will be limited to public information.
So our concerns are mainly related to how the display of user information will change in our apps when these changes are rolled out. For example, will the full name and avatar of managed users be replaced with public name (which is basically a nickname) and the “obfuscated” avatar, respectively?
How will this appear to users relying on extracting time tracking reports for their employees? Will they no longer see the full name and avatar of their employees - unless each one of them makes changes to their privacy settings?
How will this appear to the end user of the app looking at information about him/herself? In Tempo we have a page which is dedicated to users’ time tracking and planning information. Will an end user looking at this page for him/herself only see the public name (nickname) and avatar placeholder?
Secondly we are concerned about availability of tools for administrators of managed accounts to control which user attribute privacy settings are editable by the end user. In a business environment we don’t think hiding users (employees!) full name in a business application will be useful, or indeed welcomed by their employer. To be fair - in last weeks webinar it was stated that these tools will be available from launch, so perhaps this is not a concern any more.
I would love the get some insights from Atlassian about how these changes will affect business users of Jira. What we are really trying to understand better is how our apps will be affected, particularly for existing users, at time of launch.
It would also be very interesting to hear from other vendors with similar concerns.