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The Details on ClockShark GPS Tracking

March 20, 2017

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Is the ClockShark App Tracking My Location?

Yes, but only while you are clocked in.

Why Does ClockShark Want My Location?

ClockShark includes location data with each time punch. This gives your company the information it needs for job costing and payroll. Without that data being accurate, it’s hard to stay profitable and keep jobs.

At the same time, you don’t have to try to remember everything. ClockShark keeps track of what got done, when and where as you work. At the end of your shift when you clock out, you’re actually done. Then you get paid!

When is My Location Being Tracked?

At the beginning of your shift, when you go on or come back from a break or lunch and at the end of your shift. GPS Location Data gets saved whenever you clock in or out.

So I’m Not Tracked When I’m Off the Clock?

Exactly right. Where you go on your own time is your business. This is one of the reasons your company chose ClockShark. We value your privacy and only want to make work easier.

Why Does My iPhone Say ClockShark “Always” Wants Access To My Location?

We know this sounds weird. If we only collect location data while you’re clocked in, why do we want access all the time? Here’s the deal.

In order for our GPSTrak and GPSFence features to work, the app needs access to GPS information all the time. We do not save those locations unless you are clocked in.

What is GPSTrak?

GPSTrak is a feature in ClockShark used to track travel time and distance. Like time tracking, we do it so you don’t have to. Not every company needs or uses this feature.

If it’s turned on, GPSTrak monitors location information a few times an hour. This information gets recorded – but ONLY when people are clocked in. Even with GPSTrack on, your location data is not saved if you’re clocked out or on break.

What is GPSFence?

Like GPSTrak, GPSFence is an optional feature in ClockShark. Not every employer uses it.

If enabled, GPSFence monitors your location so when you get to a job site, the app reminds you to clock in. You get another notification when you leave a job site reminding you to clock out or change tasks (if appropriate).

How Does ClockShark Keep Everything Fair?

Paper time sheets can easily cause you to miss hours if you forget to write them all down. ClockShark tracks your hours in real-time so you don’t have to remember everything in order to write it down later.

Of course, the opposite can be true for your employer. A small number of employees dishonestly write down hours on timesheets that they never worked. This costs employers profits, and profits are required to stay in business.

So ClockShark is there to keep things fair for everyone and make sure you get paid all the money you are owed.

How Does This Affect My Battery and Data Usage?

It’s not usually GPS that causes batteries to drain. Most of the time what the phone is doing with the GPS data drains batteries – like running mapping software. ClockShark gets GPS data in the background and doesn’t run complicated software at the same time. So while it does use some power to get a GPS location, with ClockShark, it’s much less than other apps. ClockShark also syncs data between its apps and the cloud, which does use data. Fortunately, it’s a very small amount of data and its only synced when necessary. Most people don’t even notice a change in data usage with ClockShark. ClockShark engineers work hard to keep resource use small without sacrificing the quality of the service.

ClockShark also syncs data between its apps and the cloud, which does use data. Fortunately, it’s a very small amount of data and its only synced when necessary. Most people don’t even notice a change in data usage with ClockShark. ClockShark engineers work hard to keep resource use small without sacrificing the quality of the service.

ClockShark engineers work hard to keep resource use small without sacrificing the quality of the service.