Intent to Experiment: Cross App and Web Attribution Measurement

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Nan Lin

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May 1, 2023, 9:12:43 AM5/1/23
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john...@chromium.org, cshar...@chromium.org, lin...@chromium.org


Explainer

https://github.com/WICG/attribution-reporting-api/blob/main/app_to_web.md


Specification

https://wicg.github.io/attribution-reporting-api/#cross-app-and-web (a rough shell at this point)


Summary

Currently, the Attribution Reporting API supports attributing events within a single browser instance. This proposal expands the scope of attribution to allow attributing conversions that happen on the web to events that happen off the browser, within other applications such as mobile applications.

The proposal here takes advantage of OS-level support for attribution. In particular, it gives the developer an option to allow events on the mobile web to be joinable with events in Android’s Privacy Sandbox, although support for other platforms could also be implemented in the future.

The experiment will be on Android T devices only.


Blink component

Internals>AttributionReporting 


TAG review

https://github.com/w3ctag/design-reviews/issues/724 (Attribution Reporting API)


TAG review status

Pending


Risks
Interoperability

There are several other different attribution measurement proposals from a variety of browser vendors and companies, each offering different forms of privacy and utility:


Safari has proposed and implemented Private Click Measurement.

Mozilla has proposed Interoperable Private Attribution.

Microsoft has proposed a few ideas (MaskedLARK, Bucketization).


The following signals are for the Attribution Reporting API, we haven’t requested signals separately for the cross app and web extension yet.


Gecko: No official position


WebKit: No official position


Web developers: TBD


Ergonomics

N/A


Activation

A successful API flow involves enabling Measurement API on Android and registering events on the web to pass to Android. Android is responsible for the actual attribution and reporting.


WebView Application Risks

N/A


              Security

Security considerations are detailed here.


Privacy

Privacy considerations are detailed here.


Goals for experimentation

For experimentation with the new extension of the Attribution Reporting API, we hope to see that the measurement data made available through the API provides useful ad conversion data cross app and web.


Experiment Configuration

The origin trial for this experiment will be separate from existing Privacy Sandbox APIs to reduce risks for other APIs in case of bugs in this origin trial.


The new origin trial will support third-party origin trial configurations. To ensure that developers can run this experiment without concern for crash/breakage, this origin trial will be available for a subset of users by default. Initially, the Cross App And Web Attribution Measurement API will only be enabled on 50% Canary/Dev Chrome channels. As we gain confidence that the API is working properly by monitoring feature usage, we will enable the API for the Beta Chrome channel and eventually the Stable Chrome channel.


The Attribution Reporting API will be fully enabled (app-to-web, web-to-app, web-to-web) with the new origin trial token.


Ongoing technical constraints

None.


Debuggability

The Attribution Reporting API utilizes DevTools and an internal page (chrome://attribution-internals) to facilitate testing and integration. Debug reports are supported (and when configured in a third-party context, require third-party cookies to be available).


The debugging information for OS registrations will be displayed in DevTools and in chrome://attribution-internals as well. Android Measurement is also implementing a similar debugging reports framework to facilitate cross app and web testing.


Will this feature be supported on all six Blink platforms (Windows, Mac, Linux, Chrome OS, Android, and Android WebView)?

No, only on Android for this experiment.


Is this feature fully tested by web-platform-tests?

No, web platform tests are not supported for Android.


Flag name

privacy-sandbox-ads-apis


Requires code in //chrome?

No. 


Launch bug

https://launch.corp.google.com/launch/4238495


Estimated milestones

We hope to start the Origin Trial sometime during M114 beta (M114 to M119 inclusive). 


Link to entry on the Chrome Platform Status

https://chromestatus.com/feature/4994430156668928


Links to previous Intent discussions

Attribution Reporting API Intent to experiment:

https://groups.google.com/a/chromium.org/g/blink-dev/c/jEnNpideO1Y/m/NXiiV_nnDwAJ


Mike Taylor

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May 1, 2023, 10:03:58 AM5/1/23
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LGTM to experiment from M114 to M119 inclusive.

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