Managing Data Collection Settings

When you install Qt Creator as a part of Qt installation, you are asked whether you allow it to collect pseudonymous information about your system and Qt Creator use. If you decline, the plugin is not installed and no analytics data is collected.

If you accept, all collected and transmitted data is fully transparent to you. You can change the settings for collecting and transmitting data any time. By default, no data is collected and you have to select a telemetry mode for data collection to begin.

Principles of Data Collection

No personal data, such as names, IP addresses, MAC addresses, or project and path names are collected. However, QUuid objects are used to identify data records that belong to one user. The objects cannot be converted back to the actual values from which they were generated.

For more information about Qt privacy policy, select Legal Notice and Privacy Policy.

Collecting Usage Statistics

The telemetry plugin uses the KUserFeedback framework to collect the usage data. The library has been designed from the user data privacy point of view and Qt Creator respects the same privacy rules.

The data is transmitted to the backend storage using an encrypted connection. The storage is located in the same Heroku backend as the Qt installer backend. Physically, data is stored in the Amazon cloud.

Specifying Telemetry Settings

To determine what data is transmitted to the backend storage:

  1. Select Tools > Options > Telemetry > Usage Statistics.

    "Telemetry settings"

  2. In the Telemetry mode list, select the mode that determines what kind of data is collected.
  3. In the Data sources list, select entries to view exactly what data is collected. Deselect check boxes for data that you do not want to transmit to the backend storage.

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