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WELCOME TO THE GOOGLEGOOGLE PRIVACY POLICY

An updated version of	When you use our Privacy Policy takes effect on May 25, 2018. See the updated version of the policyservices, you’re trusting us with your information. We understand this is a big responsibility and work hard to protect your information and put you in control.

	When you use Google services, you trust us with your information. This	This Privacy Policy is meant to help you understand what datainformation we collect, why we collect it, and what we do with it. This is important; we hope you will take time to read it carefully. And remember,how you can find controls to manage your informationupdate, manage, export, and protectdelete your privacy and security at My Account.information.

PRIVACY POLICY	Effective May 25, 2018 | Archived versions | Download PDF

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	There are many different ways you can use our services – to search for and share information, to communicate with other people or to create new content. When you share information with us, for example by creating a Google Account, we can make those services even better – to show you more relevant search results and ads, to help you connect with people or to make sharing with others quicker and easier. As you use our services, we want you to be clear how we’re using information and the ways in which you can protect your privacy.	Introduction

	Our Privacy Policy explains:	Information Google collects

	 What information we collect and why we collect it.
	 How we use that information.
	 The choices we offer, including how to access and update information.	Why Google collects data

	We’ve tried to keep it as simple as possible, but if you’re not familiar with terms like cookies, IP addresses, pixel tags and browsers, then read about these key terms first. Your	Your privacy matters to Google so whether you are new to Google or a long-time user, please do take the time to get to know our practices – and if you have any questions contact us.Back to topcontrols

INFORMATION WE COLLECT	Sharing your information

	We collect	Keeping your information to provide better services to all of our users – from figuring out basic stuff like which language you speak, to more complex things like which ads you’ll find most useful, the people who matter most to you online, or which YouTube videos you might like.secure

	We collect	Exporting & deleting your information in the following ways:

	INFORMATION YOU GIVE US. For example, many of our services require you to sign up for a Google Account. When you do, we’ll ask for personal information, like your name, email address, telephone number or credit card to store	Compliance & cooperation with your account. If you want to take full advantage of the sharing features we offer, we might also ask you to create a publicly visible Google Profile, which may include your name and photo.regulators

	INFORMATION WE GET FROM YOUR USE OF OUR SERVICES. We collect information about the services that you use and how you use them, like when you watch a video on YouTube, visit a website that uses our advertising services, or view and interact with our ads and content. This information includes:	About this policy

	DEVICE INFORMATION	Related privacy practices

	We collect device-specific information (such as your hardware model, operating system version, unique device identifiers,build a range of services that help millions of people daily to explore and mobile network information including phone number). Google may associate your device identifiers or phone numberinteract with your Google Account.the world in new ways. Our services include:

	LOG INFORMATION	 Google apps, sites, and devices, like Search, YouTube, and Google Home
	 Platforms like the Chrome browser and Android operating system
	 Products that are integrated into third-party apps and sites, like ads and embedded Google Maps

	When you	You can use our services or viewin a variety of ways to manage your privacy. For example, you can sign up for a Google Account if you want to create and manage content provided by Google,like emails and photos, or see more relevant search results. And you can use many Google services when you’re signed out or without creating an account at all, like searching on Google or watching YouTube videos. You can also choose to browse the web privately using Chrome in Incognito mode. And across our services, you can adjust your privacy settings to control what we automatically collect and store certainhow your information in server logs. This includes:is used.

	 details of how you used our service, such	To help explain things as your search queries.
	 telephony log information like your phone number, calling-party number, forwarding numbers, time and date of calls, duration of calls, SMS routing information and types of calls.
	 Internet protocol address.
	 device event information suchclearly as crashes, system activity, hardware settings, browser type, browser language, the datepossible, we’ve added examples, explanatory videos, and time of your request and referral URL.
	 cookies that may uniquely identify your browser or your Google Account.definitions for key terms. And if you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, you can contact us.

	LOCATION INFORMATIONINFORMATION GOOGLE COLLECTS

	When	We want you use Google services,to understand the types of information we may collect and process information about your actual location. Weas you use various technologies to determine location, including IP address, GPS, and other sensors that may, for example, provide Google with information on nearby devices, Wi-Fi access points and cell towers.our services

	UNIQUE APPLICATION NUMBERS	We collect information to provide better services to all our users — from figuring out basic stuff like which language you speak, to more complex things like which ads you’ll find most useful, the people who matter most to you online, or which YouTube videos you might like. The information Google collects, and how that information is used, depends on how you use our services and how you manage your privacy controls.

	Certain services include	When you’re not signed in to a unique application number. This number and information about your installation (for example,Google Account, we store the operating system type and application version number) may be sentinformation we collect with unique identifiers tied to Google when you installthe browser, application, or uninstall that service or when that service periodically contacts our servers, such as for automatic updates.device you’re using. This helps us do things like maintain your language preferences across browsing sessions.

	LOCAL STORAGE	When you’re signed in, we also collect information that we store with your Google Account, which we treat as personal information.

	We may collect and store information (including personal information) locally on your device using mechanisms such as browser web storage (including HTML 5) and application data caches.THINGS YOU CREATE OR PROVIDE TO US

	COOKIES AND SIMILAR TECHNOLOGIES	When you create a Google Account, you provide us with personal information that includes your name and a password. You can also choose to add a phone number or payment information to your account. Even if you aren’t signed in to a Google Account, you might choose to provide us with information — like an email address to receive updates about our services.

	We and our partners use various technologies toalso collect and store informationthe content you create, upload, or receive from others when using our services. This includes things like email you visit a Google service,write and this may include using cookies or similar technologies to identify your browser or device. We also use these technologies to collectreceive, photos and store information whenvideos you interact with services we offer to our partners, such as advertising services or Google features that may appear on other sites. Our Google Analytics product helps businessessave, docs and site owners analyze the traffic to their websitesspreadsheets you create, and apps. When used in conjunction with our advertising services, such as those using the DoubleClick cookie, Google Analytics information is linked, by the Google Analytics customer or by Google, using Google technology, with information about visits to multiple sites.comments you make on YouTube videos.

	Information we collect when you are signed in to Google, in addition to information we obtain about you from partners, may be associated with your Google Account. When information is associated with your Google Account, we treat it as personal information. For more information about how you can access, manage or delete information that is associated with your Google Account, visit the Transparency and choice section of this policy.Back to topINFORMATION WE COLLECT AS YOU USE OUR SERVICES

HOW WE USE INFORMATION WE COLLECTYOUR APPS, BROWSERS & DEVICES

	We usecollect information about the information we collect from all of our services to provide, maintain, protectapps, browsers, and improve them,devices you use to develop new ones, and to protectaccess Google and our users. We also use this information to offer you tailored content –services, which helps us provide features like giving you more relevant search resultsautomatic product updates and ads.dimming your screen if your battery runs low.

	We may use the	The information we collect includes unique identifiers, browser type and settings, device type and settings, operating system, mobile network information including carrier name you provide for your Google Profile across all ofand phone number, and application version number. We also collect information about the services we offer that require a Google Account. In addition, we may replace past names associated withinteraction of your Google Account so that you are represented consistently across allapps, browsers, and devices with our services. If other users already have your email, or other information that identifies you, we may show them your publicly visible Google Profile information, such as your nameservices, including IP address, crash reports, system activity, and photo.the date, time, and referrer URL of your request.

	If you have	We collect this information when a Google Account, we may displayservice on your Profile name, Profile photo, and actionsdevice contacts our servers — for example, when you take oninstall an app from the Play Store or when a service checks for automatic updates. If you’re using an Android device with Google or on third-party applications connectedapps, your device periodically contacts Google servers to provide information about your Google Account (such as +1’s, reviews you writedevice and comments you post) inconnection to our services, including displaying in adsservices. This information includes things like your device type, carrier name, crash reports, and other commercial contexts. We will respect the choices you make to limit sharing or visibility settings in your Google Account.which apps you've installed.

	When you contact Google, we keep a record of your communication to help solve any issues you might be facing. We may use your email address to inform you about our services, such as letting you know about upcoming changes or improvements.YOUR ACTIVITY

	We usecollect information collected from cookies and other technologies, like pixel tags, to improveabout your user experience and the overall quality ofactivity in our services. One of the productsservices, which we use to do this on our own services is Google Analytics. For example, by saving your language preferences, we’ll be able to have our services appear in the languagethings like recommend a YouTube video you prefer. When showing you tailored ads,might like. The activity information we will not associate an identifier from cookies or similar technologies with sensitive categories, such as those based on race, religion, sexual orientation or health.collect may include:

	Our automated systems analyze your content (including emails) to provide	 Terms you personally relevant product features, such as customized search results, tailored advertising,for
	 Videos you watch
	 Views and spaminteractions with content and malware detection.ads
	 Voice and audio information when you use audio features
	 Purchase activity
	 People with whom you communicate or share content
	 Activity on third-party sites and apps that use our services
	 Chrome browsing history you’ve synced with your Google Account

	We may combine personal information from one service with information, including personal information, from other Google	If you use our services – for example to make it easier to share things with people you know. Depending on your account settings, your activity on other sites and appsreceive calls or send and receive messages, we may be associated withcollect telephony log information like your personal information in order to improve Google’s servicesphone number, calling-party number, receiving-party number, forwarding numbers, time and date of calls and messages, duration of calls, routing information, and the ads delivered by Google.types of calls.

	We will ask for	You can visit your consent before usingGoogle Account to find and manage activity information for a purpose other than those that are set outthat’s saved in this Privacy Policy.your account.

	Google processes personal information on our servers in many countries around the world. We may process your personal information on a server located outside the country where you live.Back	Go to topGoogle Account

TRANSPARENCY AND CHOICEYOUR LOCATION INFORMATION

	People have different privacy concerns. Our goal is to be clear about what	We collect information we collect, so that you can make meaningful choices about how it is used. For example,your location when you can:use our services, which helps us offer features like driving directions for your weekend getaway or showtimes for movies playing near you.

	 Review and update your Google activity controls to decide what types of data, such as videos you’ve watched on YouTube or past searches, you would like saved with your account when you use Google services. You	Your location can also visit these controls to manage whether certain activity is stored in a cookie or similar technology on your device when you use our services while signed-out of your account.
	 Review and control certain types of information tied to your Google Account by using Google Dashboard.
	 View and edit your preferences about the Google ads shown to you on Google and across the web, such as which categories might interest you, using Ads Settings. You can also visit that page to opt out of certain Google advertising services.
	 Adjust how the Profile associatedbe determined with your Google Account appears to others.
	 Control who you share information with through your Google Account.
	 Take information associated with your Google Account out of manyvarying degrees of our services.
	 Choose whether your Profile name and Profile photo appear in shared endorsements that appear in ads.accuracy by:

	You may	 GPS
	 IP address
	 Sensor data from your device
	 Information about things near your device, such as Wi-Fi access points, cell towers, and Bluetooth-enabled devices

	The types of location data we collect depend in part on your device and account settings. For example, you can turn your Android device’s location on or off using the device’s settings app. You can also setturn on Location History if you want to save and manage your browserlocation information in your account.
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	In some circumstances, Google also collects information about you from publicly accessible sources. For example, if your name appears in your local newspaper, Google’s Search engine may index that article and display it to block all cookies,other people if they search for your name. We may also collect information about you from trusted partners, including cookies associatedmarketing partners who provide us with information about potential customers of our business services, and security partners who provide us with information to protect against abuse. We also receive information from advertisers to provide advertising and research services on their behalf.

	We use various technologies to collect and store information, including cookies, pixel tags, local storage, such as browser web storage or application data caches, databases, and server logs.

WHY GOOGLE COLLECTS DATA

	We use data to indicate when a cookie is being setbuild better services

	We use the information we collect from all our services for the following purposes:

PROVIDE OUR SERVICES

	We use your information to deliver our services, like processing the terms you search for in order to return results or helping you share content by us. However, it’s importantsuggesting recipients from your contacts.

MAINTAIN & IMPROVE OUR SERVICES

	We also use your information to rememberensure our services are working as intended, such as tracking outages or troubleshooting issues that many ofyou report to us. And we use your information to make improvements to our services — for example, understanding which search terms are most frequently misspelled helps us improve spell-check features used across our services.

DEVELOP NEW SERVICES

	We use the information we collect in existing services to help us develop new ones. For example, understanding how people organized their photos in Picasa, Google’s first photos app, helped us design and launch Google Photos.

PROVIDE PERSONALIZED SERVICES, INCLUDING CONTENT AND ADS

	We use the information we collect to customize our services for you, including providing recommendations, personalized content, and customized search results. For example, Security Checkup provides security tips adapted to how you use Google products. And Google Play uses information like apps you’ve already installed and videos you’ve watched on YouTube to suggest new apps you might like.

	Depending on your settings, we may not function properlyalso show you personalized ads based on your interests. For example, if you search for “mountain bikes,” you may see an ad for sports equipment when you’re browsing a site that shows ads served by Google. You can control what information we use to show you ads by visiting your cookiesad settings.

	 We don’t show you personalized ads based on sensitive categories, such as race, religion, sexual orientation, or health.
	 We don’t share information that personally identifies you with advertisers, such as your name or email, unless you ask us to. For example, if you see an ad for a nearby flower shop and select the “tap to call” button, we’ll connect your call and may share your phone number with the flower shop.

	Go to Ad Settings

MEASURE PERFORMANCE

	We use data for analytics and measurement to understand how our services are disabled.used. For example, we analyze data about your visits to our sites to do things like optimize product design. And we also use data about the ads you interact with to help advertisers understand the performance of their ad campaigns. We use a variety of tools to do this, including Google Analytics. When you visit sites that use Google Analytics, Google and a Google Analytics customer may not rememberlink information about your activity from that site with activity from other sites that use our ad services.

COMMUNICATE WITH YOU

	We use information we collect, like your email address, to interact with you directly. For example, we may send you a notification if we detect suspicious activity, like an attempt to sign in to your Google Account from an unusual location. Or we may let you know about upcoming changes or improvements to our services. And if you contact Google, we’ll keep a record of your request in order to help solve any issues you might be facing.

PROTECT GOOGLE, OUR USERS, AND THE PUBLIC

	We use information to help improve the safety and reliability of our services. This includes detecting, preventing, and responding to fraud, abuse, security risks, and technical issues that could harm Google, our users, or the public.
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	We use different technologies to process your information for these purposes. We use automated systems that analyze your content to provide you with things like customized search results, personalized ads, or other features tailored to how you use our services. And we analyze your content to help us detect abuse such as spam, malware, and illegal content. We also use algorithms to recognize patterns in data. For example, Google Translate helps people communicate across languages by detecting common language preferences.Backpatterns in phrases you ask it to translate.

	We may combine the information we collect among our services and across your devices for the purposes described above. For example, if you watch videos of guitar players on YouTube, you might see an ad for guitar lessons on a site that uses our ad products. Depending on your account settings, your activity on other sites and apps may be associated with your personal information in order to improve Google’s services and the ads delivered by Google.

	If other users already have your email address or other information that identifies you, we may show them your publicly visible Google Account information, such as your name and photo. This helps people identify an email coming from you, for example.

	We’ll ask for your consent before using your information for a purpose that isn’t covered in this Privacy Policy.

YOUR PRIVACY CONTROLS

	You have choices regarding the information we collect and how it's used

	This section describes key controls for managing your privacy across our services. You can also visit the Privacy Checkup, which provides an opportunity to review and adjust important privacy settings. In addition to these tools, we also offer specific privacy settings in our products — you can learn more in our Product Privacy Guide.

	Go to Privacy Checkup

MANAGING, REVIEWING, AND UPDATING YOUR INFORMATION

	When you’re signed in, you can always review and update information by visiting the services you use. For example, Photos and Drive are both designed to help you manage specific types of content you’ve saved with Google.

	We also built a place for you to review and control information saved in your Google Account. Your Google Account includes:

PRIVACY CONTROLS

ACTIVITY CONTROLS

	Decide what types of activity you’d like saved in your account. For example, you can turn on Location History if you want traffic predictions for your daily commute, or you can save your YouTube Watch History to get better video suggestions.

	Go to Activity Controls

AD SETTINGS

	Manage your preferences about the ads shown to you on Google and on sites and apps that partner with Google to show ads. You can modify your interests, choose whether your personal information is used to make ads more relevant to you, and turn on or off certain advertising services.

	Go to Ad Settings

ABOUT YOU

	Control what others see about you across Google services.

	Go to About You

SHARED ENDORSEMENTS

	Choose whether your name and photo appear next to your activity, like reviews and recommendations, that appear in ads.

	Go to topShared Endorsements

INFORMATION YOU SHARE

	Many of our services let	Control whom you share information with others. Remember that when you share information publicly, it may be indexable by search engines, including Google. Our services provide you with different optionsthrough your account on sharing and removing your content.Back to topGoogle+.

ACCESSING AND UPDATING YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION	Go to Information You Share

	Whenever you use our services, we aim to provide you with access to your personal information. If that information is wrong, we strive to give you ways to update it quickly or to delete it – unless we have to keep that information for legitimate business or legal purposes.WAYS TO REVIEW & UPDATE YOUR INFORMATION

	We aim to maintain our services in a manner that protects information from accidental or malicious destruction. Because of this, after you delete information from our services, we may not immediately delete residual copies from our active servers and may not remove information from our backup systems.Back to topMY ACTIVITY

INFORMATION WE SHARE	My Activity allows you to review and control data that’s created when you use Google services, like searches you’ve done or your visits to Google Play. You can browse by date and by topic, and delete part or all of your activity.

	We	Go to My Activity

GOOGLE DASHBOARD

	Google Dashboard allows you to manage information associated with specific products.

	Go to Dashboard

YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION

	Manage your contact information, such as your name, email, and phone number.

	Go to Personal Info

	When you’re signed out, you can manage information associated with your browser or device, including:

	 Signed-out search personalization: Choose whether your search activity is used to offer you more relevant results and recommendations.
	 YouTube settings: Pause and delete your YouTube Search History and your YouTube Watch History.
	 Ad Settings: Manage your preferences about the ads shown to you on Google and on sites and apps that partner with Google to show ads.

EXPORTING, REMOVING & DELETING YOUR INFORMATION

	You can export a copy of content in your Google Account if you want to back it up or use it with a service outside of Google.

	Export your data

	You can also request to remove content from specific Google services based on applicable law.

	To delete your information, you can:

	 Delete your content from specific Google services
	 Search for and then delete specific items from your account using My Activity
	 Delete specific Google products, including your information associated with those products
	 Delete your entire Google Account

	Delete your information

	And finally, Inactive Account Manager allows you to give someone else access to parts of your Google Account in case you’re unexpectedly unable to use your account.
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	There are other ways to control the information Google collects whether or not you’re signed in to a Google Account, including:

	 Browser settings: For example, you can configure your browser to indicate when Google has set a cookie in your browser. You can also configure your browser to block all cookies from a specific domain or all domains. But remember that our services rely on cookies to function properly, for things like remembering your language preferences.
	 Device-level settings: Your device may have controls that determine what information we collect. For example, you can modify location settings on your Android device.

SHARING YOUR INFORMATION

WHEN YOU SHARE YOUR INFORMATION

	Many of our services let you share information with other people, and you have control over how you share. For example, you can share videos on YouTube publicly or you can decide to keep your videos private. Remember, when you share information publicly, your content may become accessible through search engines, including Google Search.

	When you’re signed in and interact with some Google services, like leaving comments on a YouTube video or reviewing a song in Play, your name and photo appear next to your activity. We may also display this information in ads depending on your Shared endorsements setting.

WHEN GOOGLE SHARES YOUR INFORMATION

	We do not share your personal information with companies, organizations andorganizations, or individuals outside of Google unless one ofexcept in the following circumstances applies:cases:

	WITH YOUR CONSENT

	We will	We’ll share personal information with companies, organizations or individuals outside of Google when we have your consentconsent. For example, if you use Google Home to do so. We require opt-in consent for therequest a ride from a ride-sharing service, we’ll get your permission before sharing ofyour address with that service. We’ll ask for your explicit consent to share any sensitive personal information.

	WITH DOMAIN ADMINISTRATORS

	If your Google Account is managed for you byyou’re a domain administrator (for example,student or work for an organization that uses Google services (like G Suite users) thenSuite), your domain administrator and resellers who provide user support tomanage your organizationaccount will have access to your Google Account information (including your email and other data). Your domain administratorAccount. They may be able to:

	 view statistics regardingAccess and retain information stored in your account, like your email
	 View statistics regarding applicationsyour account, like how many apps you install.install
	 change your account password.
	 suspend or terminate your account access.
	 access or retain information stored as part of your account.
	 receiveReceive your account information in order to satisfy applicable law, regulation, legal processprocess, or enforceable governmental request.request
	 restrictRestrict your ability to delete or edit your information or privacy settings.

	Please refer to your domain administrator’s privacy policy for more information.settings

	FOR EXTERNAL PROCESSING

	We provide personal information to our affiliates orand other trusted businesses or persons to process it for us, based on our instructions and in compliance with our Privacy Policy and any other appropriate confidentiality and security measures. For example, we use service providers to help us with customer support.

	FOR LEGAL REASONS

	We will share personal information with companies, organizations or individuals outside of Google if we have a good-faith belief that access, use, preservationpreservation, or disclosure of the information is reasonably necessary to:

	 meetMeet any applicable law, regulation, legal processprocess, or enforceable governmental request. We share information about the number and type of requests we receive from governments in our Transparency Report.
	 enforce applicable Terms of Service, including investigation of potential violations.
	 detect,Detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, securitysecurity, or technical issues.
	 protectProtect against harm to the rights, property or safety of Google, our usersusers, or the public as required or permitted by law.

	We may share non-personally identifiable information publicly and with our partners  like publishers, advertisersadvertisers, developers, or connected sites.rights holders. For example, we may share information publicly to show trends about the general use of our services. We also allow specific partners to collect information from your browser or device for advertising and measurement purposes using their own cookies or similar technologies.

	If Google is involved in a merger, acquisitionacquisition, or asset sale, we willsale of assets, we’ll continue to ensure the confidentiality of anyyour personal information and give affected users notice before personal information is transferred or becomes subject to a different privacy policy.Back to toppolicy.

INFORMATION SECURITYKEEPING YOUR INFORMATION SECURE

	We work hardbuild security into our services to protect Google and our users from unauthorized access to or unauthorized alteration, disclosure or destruction ofyour information we hold. In particular:

	 We encrypt many of	All Google products are built with strong security features that continuously protect your information. The insights we gain from maintaining our services using SSL.
	 We offer you two step verification when you access your Google Account,help us detect and a Safe Browsing feature in Google Chrome.
	 We review our information collection, storage and processing practices, including physicalautomatically block security measures, to guard against unauthorized access to systems.
	 We restrict access to personal information to Google employees, contractors and agents who need tothreats from ever reaching you. And if we do detect something risky that we think you should know that information in order to process it for us,about, we’ll notify you and who are subject to strict contractual confidentiality obligations and may be disciplined or terminated if they failhelp guide you through steps to meet these obligations.stay better protected.

Back	We work hard to topprotect you and Google from unauthorized access, alteration, disclosure, or destruction of information we hold, including:

WHEN THIS PRIVACY POLICY APPLIES	 We use encryption to keep your data private while in transit
	 We offer a range of security features, like Safe Browsing, Security Checkup, and 2 Step Verification to help you protect your account
	 We review our information collection, storage, and processing practices, including physical security measures, to prevent unauthorized access to our systems
	 We restrict access to personal information to Google employees, contractors, and agents who need that information in order to process it. Anyone with this access is subject to strict contractual confidentiality obligations and may be disciplined or terminated if they fail to meet these obligations.

	Our Privacy Policy applies to all of the services offered by Google LLC and its affiliates, including YouTube, services Google provides on Android devices, and services offered on other sites (such as our advertising services), but excludes services that have separate privacy policies that do not incorporate this Privacy Policy.EXPORTING & DELETING YOUR INFORMATION

	Our Privacy Policy does not apply to services offered by other companies	You can export a copy of your information or individuals, including products or sites that may be displayed to you in search results, sites that may includedelete it from your Google services, or other sites linked from our services. Our Privacy Policy does not cover the information practices of other companies and organizations who advertise our services, and who may use cookies, pixel tags and other technologies to serve and offer relevant ads.Back to topAccount at any time

COMPLIANCE AND COOPERATION WITH REGULATORY AUTHORITIES	You can export a copy of content in your Google Account if you want to back it up or use it with a service outside of Google.

	We regularly review our compliance with our Privacy Policy. We also adhere to several self regulatory frameworks, including the EU-US and Swiss-US Privacy Shield Frameworks. When we receive formal written complaints, we will contact the person who made the complaint to follow up. We work with the appropriate regulatory authorities, including local	Export your data protection authorities, to resolve any complaints regarding the transfer of personal data that we cannot resolve with our users directly.Back to top

CHANGES	To delete your information, you can:

	Our Privacy Policy may change	 Delete your content from specific Google services
	 Search for and then delete specific items from time to time. We will not reduce your rights under this Privacy Policy withoutaccount using My Activity
	 Delete specific Google products, including your explicit consent. We will post any privacy policy changes on this page and, if the changes are significant, we will provide a more prominent notice (including, for certain services, email notification of privacy policy changes). We will also keep prior versions of this Privacy Policy in an archive forinformation associated with those products
	 Delete your review.Back to topentire Google Account

SPECIFIC PRODUCT PRACTICES	Delete your information

	The following notices explain specific privacy practices with respect	In some cases, we retain data for limited periods when it needs to certain Google products and services that you may use:be kept for legitimate business or legal purposes. You can read about Google’s data retention periods, including how long it takes us to delete your information.

	 Chrome	We try to ensure that our services protect information from accidental or malicious deletion. Because of this, there may be delays between when you delete something and when copies are deleted from our active and backup systems.

COMPLIANCE & COOPERATION WITH REGULATORS

	We regularly review this Privacy Policy and make sure that we process your information in ways that comply with it.

DATA TRANSFERS

	We maintain servers around the world and your information may be processed on servers located outside of the country where you live. Data protection laws vary among countries, with some providing more protection than others. Regardless of where your information is processed, we apply the same protections described in this policy. We also comply with certain legal frameworks relating to the transfer of data, such as the EU-US and Swiss-US Privacy Shield Frameworks.

	When we receive formal written complaints, we respond by contacting the person who made the complaint. We work with the appropriate regulatory authorities, including local data protection authorities, to resolve any complaints regarding the transfer of your data that we cannot resolve with you directly.

ABOUT THIS POLICY

WHEN THIS POLICY APPLIES

	This Privacy Policy applies to all of the services offered by Google LLC and its affiliates, including YouTube, Android, and services offered on third-party sites, such as advertising services. This Privacy Policy doesn’t apply to services that have separate privacy policies that do not incorporate this Privacy Policy.

	This Privacy Policy doesn’t apply to:

	 The information practices of other companies and organizations that advertise our services
	 Services offered by other companies or individuals, including products or sites that may include Google services, be displayed to you in search results, or be linked from our services

CHANGES TO THIS POLICY

	We change this Privacy Policy from time to time. We will not reduce your rights under this Privacy Policy without your explicit consent. We always indicate the date the last changes were published and we offer access to archived versions for your review. If changes are significant, we’ll provide a more prominent notice (including, for certain services, email notification of Privacy Policy changes).

RELATED PRIVACY PRACTICES

SPECIFIC GOOGLE SERVICES

	The following privacy notices provide additional information about some Google services:

	 Chrome & the Chrome OSOperating System
	 Play Books
	 Payments
	 Fiber
	 Project Fi
	 G Suite for Education
	 YouTube Kids
	 Google Accounts Managed with Family Link

	For more information about some of our most popular services, you can visit the Google Product Privacy Guide.Back to topOTHER USEFUL RESOURCES

OTHER USEFUL PRIVACY AND SECURITY RELATED MATERIALS	The following links highlight useful resources for you to learn more about our practices and privacy settings.

	Further useful privacy and security related materials	 Your Google Account is home to many of the settings you can be founduse to manage your account
	 Privacy Checkup guides you through key privacy settings for your Google Account
	 Google’s policiessafety center offers advice for staying safe & secure
	 Google's privacy site provides more information about how we keep your information private and safe
	 Privacy & Terms provides more context regarding this Privacy Policy and principles pages, including:our Terms of Service

	 Information about our technologiesTechnologies and principles, which includes, among other things,Principles includes more information onabout:

	 how Google uses cookies.
	 technologies we useTechnologies used for advertising.Advertising
	 how weHow Google uses pattern recognition to recognize patternsthings like faces.
faces in photos
	 A page that explains what data is shared with Google when you visit websites that use our advertising, analytics and social products.
	 The Privacy Checkup tool,How Google uses data when you use our partners' sites or apps

ADS YOU’LL FIND MOST USEFUL

	For example, if you watch videos about baking on YouTube, you may see more ads that relate to baking as you browse the web. We also may use your IP address to determine your approximate location, so that we can serve you ads for a nearby pizza delivery service if you search for “pizza.” Learn more about Google ads and why you may see particular ads.

THE PEOPLE WHO MATTER MOST TO YOU ONLINE

	For example, when you type an address in the To, Cc, or Bcc field of an email you're composing, Gmail will suggest addresses based on the people you contact most frequently.

PHONE NUMBER

	If you add your phone number to your account, it can be used for different purposes across Google services, depending on your settings. For example, your phone number can be used to help you access your account if you forget your password, help people find and connect with you, and make the ads you see more relevant to you. Learn more

PAYMENT INFORMATION

	For example, if you add a credit card or other payment method to your Google Account, you can use it to buy things across our services, like apps in the Play Store. We may also ask for other information, like a business tax ID, to help process your payment. In some cases, we may also need to verify your identity and may ask you for information to do this.

	We may also use payment information to verify that you meet age requirements, if, for example, you enter an incorrect birthday indicating you’re not old enough to have a Google Account. Learn more

DEVICES

	For example, we can use information from your devices to help you decide which device you’d like to use to install an app or view a movie you buy from Google Play. We also use this information to help protect your account.

ANDROID DEVICE WITH GOOGLE APPS

	Android devices with Google apps include devices sold by Google or one of our partners and include phones, cameras, vehicles, wearables, and televisions. These devices use Google Play Services and other pre-installed apps that include services like Gmail, Maps, your phone’s camera and phone dialer, text-to-speech conversion, keyboard input, and security features.

VIEWS AND INTERACTIONS WITH CONTENT AND ADS

	For example, we collect information about views and interactions with ads so we can provide aggregated reports to advertisers, like telling them whether we served their ad on a page and whether the ad was likely seen by a viewer. We may also measure other interactions, such as how you move your mouse over an ad or if you interact with the page on which the ad appears.

SYNCED WITH YOUR GOOGLE ACCOUNT

	Your Chrome browsing history is only saved to your account if you’ve enabled Chrome synchronization with your Google Account. Learn more

SERVICES TO MAKE AND RECEIVE CALLS OR SEND AND RECEIVE MESSAGES

	Examples of these services include:

	 Google Hangouts, for making domestic and international calls
	 Google Voice, for making calls, sending text messages, and managing voicemail
	 Project Fi, for a phone plan

SENSOR DATA FROM YOUR DEVICE

	Your device may have sensors that can be used to better understand your location and movement. For example, an accelerometer can be used to determine your speed and a gyroscope to figure out your direction of travel.

INFORMATION ABOUT THINGS NEAR YOUR DEVICE

	If you use Google’s Location services on Android, we can improve the performance of apps that rely on your location, like Google Maps. If you use Google’s Location services, your device sends information to Google about its location, sensors (like accelerometer), and nearby cell towers and Wi-Fi access points (like MAC address and signal strength). All these things help to determine your location. You can use your device settings to enable Google Location services. Learn more

PUBLICLY ACCESSIBLE SOURCES

	For example, we may collect information that’s publicly available online or from other public sources to help train Google’s language models and build features like Google Translate.

PROTECT AGAINST ABUSE

	For example, information about security threats can help us notify you if we think your account has been compromised (at which point we can help you take steps to protect your account).

ADVERTISING AND RESEARCH SERVICES ON THEIR BEHALF

	For example, advertisers may upload data from their loyalty-card programs so that they can better understand the performance of their ad campaigns. We only provide aggregated reports to advertisers that don’t reveal information about individual people.

DELIVER OUR SERVICES

	Examples of how we use your information to deliver our services include:

	 We use the IP address assigned to your device to send you the data you requested, such as loading a YouTube video
	 We use unique identifiers stored in cookies on your device to help us authenticate you as the person who should have access to your Google Account
	 Photos and videos you upload to Google Photos are used to help you create albums, animations, and other creations that you can share. Learn more
	 A flight confirmation email you receive may be used to create a “check-in” button that appears in your Gmail

ENSURE OUR SERVICES ARE WORKING AS INTENDED

	For example, we continuously monitor our systems to look for problems. And if we find something wrong with a specific feature, reviewing activity information collected before the problem started allows us to fix things more quickly.

MAKE IMPROVEMENTS

	For example, we use cookies to analyze how people interact with our services. And that analysis can help us build better products. For example, it may help us discover that it’s taking people too long to complete a certain task or that they have trouble finishing steps at all. We can then redesign that feature and improve the product for everyone.

CUSTOMIZED SEARCH RESULTS

	For example, when you’re signed in to your Google Account and have the Web & App Activity control enabled, you can get more relevant search results that are based on your previous searches and activity from other Google services. You can learn more here. You may also get customized search results even when you’re signed out. If you don’t want this level of search customization, you can search and browse privately or turn off signed-out search personalization.

PERSONALIZED ADS

	You may also see personalized ads based on information from the advertiser. If you shopped on an advertiser's website, for example, they can use that visit information to show you ads. Learn more

SENSITIVE CATEGORIES

	When showing you personalized ads, we use topics that we think might be of interest to you based on your activity. For example, you may see ads for things like "Cooking and Recipes" or "Air Travel.” We don’t use topics or show personalized ads based on sensitive categories like race, religion, sexual orientation, or health. And we require the same from advertisers that use our services.

MAY LINK INFORMATION

	Google Analytics relies on first-party cookies, which means the cookies are set by the Google Analytics customer. Using our systems, data generated through Google Analytics can be linked by the Google Analytics customer and by Google to third-party cookies that are related to visits to other websites. For example, an advertiser may want to use its Google Analytics data to create more relevant ads, or to further analyze its traffic. Learn more

SAFETY AND RELIABILITY

	Some examples of how we use your information to help keep our services safe and reliable include:

	 Collecting and analyzing IP addresses and cookie data to protect against automated abuse. This abuse takes many forms, such as sending spam to Gmail users, stealing money from advertisers by fraudulently clicking on ads, or censoring content by launching a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack.
	 The “last account activity” feature in Gmail can help you find out if and when someone accessed your email without your knowledge. This feature shows you information about recent activity in Gmail, such as the IP addresses that accessed your mail, the associated location, and the date and time of access. Learn more

DETECT ABUSE

	When we detect spam, malware, illegal content, and other forms of abuse on our systems in violation of our policies, we may disable your account or take other appropriate action. In certain circumstances, we may also report the violation to appropriate authorities.

COMBINE THE INFORMATION WE COLLECT

	Some examples of how we combine the information we collect include:

	 When you’re signed in to your Google Account and search on Google, you can see search results from the public web, along with relevant information from the content you have in other Google products, like Gmail or Google Calendar. This can include things like the status of your upcoming flights, restaurant, and hotel reservations, or your photos. Learn more
	 If you have communicated with someone via Gmail and want to add them to a Google Doc or an event in Google Calendar, Google makes it easy to reviewdo so by autocompleting their email address when you start to type in their name. This feature makes it easier to share things with people you know. Learn more
	 The Google app can use data that you have stored in other Google products to show you personalized content, depending on your key privacy settings. For example, if you have searches stored in your Web & App Activity, the Google app can show you news articles and other information about your interests, like sports scores, based your activity. Learn more
	 Google’s safety center, which providesIf you link your Google Account to your Google Home, you can manage your information and get things done through the Google Assistant. For example, you can add events to your Google Calendar or get your schedule for the day, ask for status updates on your upcoming flight, or send information like driving directions to your phone. Learn more

YOUR ACTIVITY ON OTHER SITES AND APPS

	This activity might come from your use of Google services, like from syncing your account with Chrome or your visits to sites and apps that partner with Google. Many websites and apps partner with Google to improve their content and services. For example, a website might use our advertising services (like AdSense) or analytics tools (like Google Analytics), or it might embed other content (such as videos from YouTube). These services may share information about your activity with Google and, depending on your account settings and the products in use (for instance, when a partner uses Google Analytics in conjunction with our advertising services), this data may be associated with your personal information.

	Learn more about how Google uses data when you use our partners' sites or apps.

PARTNER WITH GOOGLE

	There are over 2 million non-Google websites and apps that partner with Google to stay safeshow ads. Learn more

SPECIFIC GOOGLE SERVICES

	For example, you can delete your blog from Blogger or a Google Site you own from Google Sites. You can also delete reviews you’ve left on apps, games, and secure online.other content in the Play Store.

RELY ON COOKIES TO FUNCTION PROPERLY

	For example, we use a cookie called ‘lbcs’ that makes it possible for you to open many Google Docs in one browser. Blocking this cookie would prevent Google Docs from working as expected. Learn more

LEGAL PROCESS, OR ENFORCEABLE GOVERNMENTAL REQUEST

	Like other technology and communications companies, Google regularly receives requests from governments and courts around the world to disclose user data. Respect for the privacy and security of data you store with Google underpins our approach to complying with these legal requests. Our legal team reviews each and every request, regardless of type, and we frequently push back when a request appears to be overly broad or doesn’t follow the correct process. Learn more in our Transparency Report.

SHOW TRENDS

	When lots of people start searching for something, it can provide useful information about particular trends at that time. Google Trends samples Google web searches to estimate the popularity of searches over a certain period of time and shares those results publicly in aggregated terms. Learn more

SPECIFIC PARTNERS

	For example, we allow YouTube creators and advertisers to work with measurement companies to learn about the audience of their YouTube videos or ads, using cookies or similar technologies. Another example is merchants on our shopping pages, who use cookies to understand how many different people see their product listings. Learn more about these partners and how they use your information.

SERVERS AROUND THE WORLD

	For example, we operate data centers located around the world to help keep our products continuously available for users.

THIRD PARTIES

	For example, we process your information to report use statistics to rights holders about how their content was used in our services. We may also process your information if people search for your name and we display search results for sites containing publicly available information about you.

APPROPRIATE SAFEGUARDS

	For example, we may anonymize data, or encrypt data to ensure it can’t be linked to other information about you. Learn more

ENSURE AND IMPROVE

	For example, we analyze how people interact with advertising to improve the performance of our ads.

CUSTOMIZING OUR SERVICES

	For example, we may display a Google Doodle on the Search homepage to celebrate an event specific to your country.

AFFILIATES

	An affiliate is an entity that belongs to the Google group of companies, including the following companies that provide consumer services in the EU: Google Commerce Ltd, Google Payment Corp, and Google Dialer Inc. Learn more about the companies providing business services in the EU.

ALGORITHM

	A process or set of rules followed by a computer in performing problem-solving operations.

APPLICATION DATA CACHE

	An application data cache is a data repository on a device. It can, for example, enable a web application to run without an internet connection and improve the performance of the application by enabling faster loading of content.

BROWSER WEB STORAGE

	Browser web storage enables websites to store data in a browser on a device. When used in "local storage" mode, it enables data to be stored across sessions. This makes data retrievable even after a browser has been closed and reopened. One technology that facilitates web storage is HTML 5.

COOKIES AND SIMILAR TECHNOLOGIES

	A cookie is a small file containing a string of characters that is sent to your computer when you visit a website. When you visit the site again, the cookie allows that site to recognize your browser. Cookies may store user preferences and other information. You can configure your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, some website features or services may not function properly without cookies. Learn more about how Google uses cookies and how Google uses data, including cookies, when you use our partners' sites or apps.

DEVICE

	A device is a computer that can be used to access Google services. For example, desktop computers, tablets, smart speakers, and smartphones are all considered devices.

NON-PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION

	This is information that is recorded about users so that it no longer reflects or references an individually-identifiable user.

IP ADDRESS

	Every device connected to the Internet is assigned a number known as an Internet protocol (IP) address. These numbers are usually assigned in geographic blocks. An IP address can often be used to identify the location from which a device is connecting to the Internet.

PIXEL TAG

	A pixel tag is a type of technology placed on a website or within the body of an email for the purpose of tracking certain activity, such as views of a website or when an email is opened. Pixel tags are often used in combination with cookies.

PERSONAL INFORMATION

	This is information that you provide to us which personally identifies you, such as your name, email address, or billing information, or other data that can be reasonably linked to such information by Google, such as information we associate with your Google Account.

SENSITIVE PERSONAL INFORMATION

	This is a particular category of personal information relating to topics such as confidential medical facts, racial or ethnic origins, political or religious beliefs, or sexuality.

SERVER LOGS

	Like most websites, our servers automatically record the page requests made when you visit our sites. These “server logs” typically include your web request, Internet Protocol address, browser type, browser language, the date and time of your request, and one or more cookies that may uniquely identify your browser.

	A typical log entry for a search for “cars” looks like this:

	123.45.67.89 - 25/Mar/2003 10:15:32 -
http://www.google.com/search?q=cars -
Firefox 1.0.7; Windows NT 5.1 -
740674ce2123e969

	 123.45.67.89 is the Internet Protocol address assigned to the user by the user’s ISP. Depending on the user’s service, a different address may be assigned to the user by their service provider each time they connect to the Internet.
	 25/Mar/2003 10:15:32 is the date and time of the query.
	 http://www.google.com/search?q=cars is the requested URL, including the search query.
	 Firefox 1.0.7; Windows NT 5.1 is the browser and operating system being used.
	 740674ce2123a969 is the unique cookie ID assigned to this particular computer the first time it visited Google. (Cookies can be deleted by users. If the user has deleted the cookie from the computer since the last time they’ve visited Google, then it will be the unique cookie ID assigned to their device the next time they visit Google from that particular device).

UNIQUE IDENTIFIERS

	A unique identifier is a string of characters that can be used to uniquely identify a browser, app, or device. Different identifiers vary in how permanent they are, whether they can be reset by users, and how they can be accessed.

WE KEEP YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION PRIVATE AND SAFE — AND PUT YOU IN CONTROL.	Unique identifiers can be used for various purposes, including security and fraud detection, syncing services such as your email inbox, remembering your preferences, and providing personalized advertising. For example, unique identifiers stored in cookies help sites display content in your browser in your preferred language. You can configure your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. Learn more about how Google uses cookies.

	Learn more about	On other platforms besides browsers, unique identifiers are used to recognize a specific device or app on that device. For example, a unique identifier such as the Advertising ID is used to provide relevant advertising on Android devices, and can be managed in your device’s settings. Unique identifiers may also be incorporated into a device by its manufacturer (sometimes called a universally unique ID or UUID), such as the IMEI-number of a mobile phone. For example, a device’s unique identifier can be used to customize our commitmentsservice to your privacy and security.device or analyze device issues related to our services.

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