At a glance: Fields in some raw data reports are restricted due to privacy limitations. In other cases, partners require redacting the media source when sharing postbacks to third-party platforms. This article describes the restrictions and their implications.
Raw data restriction
AppsFlyer restricts the availability of some fields in raw data reports to preserve user privacy. This is in accordance with the advertiser's AAP setting or according to data sharing policies of the ad networks that provide the data. The restrictions differ depending on the report type and the restriction reason. The restrictions affect raw data provided using raw data delivery tools.
Media source restrictions
The following table lists restrictions per media source.
- Aggregated and analytics data from the AppsFlyer platform is available without limitation
Postback restrictions on third-party platforms:
- Postbacks for events restricted by media sources, as described in the table below, aren't sent to third-party platforms (such as analytics and marketing platforms).
- Further postback restrictions may apply for other events
|Media source||Attribution type restriction|
|Starting September 4, 2023: Click-through and view-through attribution|
|Roku OneView||Click-through and view-through for all platforms (CTV and mobile)|
Starting October 17, 2023, click-through and view-through attribution is limited. The following fields are populated in raw data delivery tools:
TikTok for Business
In some cases, Twitter doesn't allow raw data to be made available on the AppsFlyer platform. In these cases, the events don't appear in raw data reports.
Raw data context
Field-level restriction of raw data depends on the context of the data, as listed in the table that follows.
|Restriction type||Reports impacted|
|Restricted media source: Where the user came from||
Delivery of raw data
User-level attribution data in AppsFlyer is available using the following raw data delivery tools:
- Data Locker
- Raw data Pull API
- Push API
- Dashboard export page
- Postbacks to networks
- Get conversion data (GCD) API in the context of the client-side user-level data API
Unavailable attribution fields
The following fields are unavailable when the media source is restricted:
|Display name||API name|
|Attribution lookback window||af_attribution_lookback|
|Sub site ID||af_sub_siteid|
|Sub param [n] (n=1-5)||af_sub[n] (n=1-5)|
|Attributed touch time||attributed_touch_time|
|Attributed touch type||attributed_touch_type|
|Contributor [n] media source (n=1-3)||
|Contributor [n] partner (n=1-3)||
|Contributor [n] campaign (n=1-3)||contributor[n]_campaign (n=1-3)|
|Contributor [n] match type (n=1-3)||contributor[n]_match_type (n=1-3)|
|Contributor [n] touch time (n=1-3)||contributor[n]_touch_time (n=1-3)|
|Contributor [n] touch type (n=1-3)||contributor[n]_touch_type (n=1-3)|
|Install app store||install_app_store|
|Keyword match type||keyword_match_type|
|Network account ID||network_account_id|
|Store product page||store_product_page|
When identifier restriction applies, the fields listed in the table that follows are the only fields available in the raw data reports.
What events are restricted?
Restricted events, as detailed in the table above, may include conversions (installs and re-engagements) and associated in-app events to which the restricting ad network is attributed.
How does the restricted media source impact raw data reports?
- The media source field is populated with restricted.
- The attribution fields listed in this article are either empty or populated with null.
Report example: Installs restricted raw data in a CSV file. Other raw data reports are populated in a similar manner.
How does the restricted media source impact postbacks sent to partners?
Postbacks sent to partners don't include attribution fields.
How do restricted events impact postbacks to third-party platforms?
Postbacks for attributed ad networks listed in the table above aren't sent to third-party platforms.
Do non-restricted events impact postbacks to third-party platforms?
In some cases, postbacks for non-restricted events sent to third-party platforms don't include the media source. This means attribution is credited as organic.
What about the data of assists that form part of the attribution?
Data related to assists is regarded as attribution data and isn't available.