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Should I take the time to read the new Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service?
Absolutely! Legal documents can make for dry reading, but these really matter. So whether you are new to Google or a long-time user, please take the time to get to know our practices. In case you’re pressed for time, here are answers to some of your questions.
What’s different about the new Privacy Policy?
First, we’ve rewritten the main Google Privacy Policy from top to bottom to be simpler and more readable. The new policy replaces more than 60 existing product-specific privacy documents. This all should make it easier for you to learn about what data we collect and how we use it.
Second, the new policy reflects our efforts to create one beautifully simple, intuitive user experience across Google. It makes clear that, if you have a Google Account and are signed in, we may combine information you’ve provided from one service with information from other services. In short, we can treat you as a single user across all our products.
What’s different about the new Google Terms of Service?
We’ve rewritten them, too—to make them more readable and to reduce the repetition and legalese. The terms explain more simply the legal terms associated with the use of our services, including how we treat content that users submit. We’ve also consolidated many of our terms, with most products now using the Google Terms of Service and dozens fewer products than before using additional or separate terms.
What should I expect to see change as a result of this?
Over time you can expect to see better search results, ads and other content when you’re using Google services. A more consistent user experience across Google might mean that we give you more accurate spelling suggestions because you’ve typed them before. Or maybe we can tell you that you’ll be late for a meeting based on your location, your calendar and the local traffic conditions. Google users still have to do too much heavy lifting, and we want to do a better job of helping them.
We’ll continue to work hard to make sure that any innovation is balanced with the appropriate level of privacy and security for our users, as we promise in our Privacy Principles.
What if I don’t want to use Google under the new Privacy Policy and Terms of Service?
If you continue to use Google services after March 1, you’ll be doing so under the new Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. If you’d prefer to close your Google Account, you can follow the instructions in our help center. We remain committed to data liberation, so if you want to take your information elsewhere you can.
Under the new Privacy Policy and Terms of Service, will my private information in Google services remain private?
Yes. As before, we won’t share our users’ personal information without their permission except in very limited circumstances like a valid court order. For more detail, please read the section of the new Privacy Policy called “Information we share.”
Will Google sell my personal information to third parties?
No. We don’t sell our users’ personal information. It’s simply not how we operate.
Why are you keeping privacy notices for some products, like Books and Chrome, but not others?
In some cases, such as for financial services like Google Wallet, a product may be regulated by industry-specific privacy laws and require detailed descriptions of our practices. In others, like Chrome, we simply wanted to explain our privacy practices specific to those products in more detail. In these cases we chose to keep product-specific notices rather than clutter up the main Privacy Policy.
How can I see what Google knows about me?
Google Dashboard is a good start. It shows you what information is stored in your Google Account and enables you to change your privacy settings for many products from one central location.
We try hard to be transparent about the information we collect, and to give you meaningful choices about how it is used. To learn about more of the tools Google offers to help you manage your privacy, visit Good to Know.
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