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Google AdSense Terms and Conditions Changes

February 26, 2008

     
11:26 pm on Feb 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Is it juts me?

Just now when I logged in I got a new "Google AdSenseTM Online Standard Terms and Conditions" page from AdSense

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3:19 pm on Mar 11, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I have been doing the same FarmBoy, and I still get the contract. Are you sure you didn't accidentally accept it already?
2:23 pm on Mar 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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This is how I have mine on all my sites, I hope this is ok by Google as it specifically refers to cookies for ad tracking:

Cookies. At times, we will use a feature on your web browser to send your computer a "cookie". We do not use cookies to retrieve any personal information from your computer. We only use cookies to learn ways to enhance our Sites, and to give you better, more personalized service while in our web site. You can reset your browser to refuse all cookies or indicate when a cookie is sent. However, some functions of the Sites will not function if you refuse cookies. These areas of our web site will have information posted about cookies, and when a cookie will be uploaded to your computer. Cookies are also used to track ad codes, they do NOT track personal info as they have no way of attaining your personal info.
3:10 pm on Mar 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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WiseWebDude,

I think you should cover the fact that not just YOUR site is sending Cookies to them, but also 3rd Party sites like Google. I'd recommend to extend your language accordingly.

I guess this is where the privacy advocats actually are concerned. YOU probably can not create a set of data that exactly tracks individual users. Google can (and does).

3:37 pm on Mar 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Zett, true, you're right there. I will amend to include 3rd Party to cover that aspect.

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3:54 pm on Mar 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for that WiseWebDude. I'm going to use something similar to yours, but I don't set cookies myself so I will only refer to 3rd party cookies being set. Good enough for me :)
7:29 pm on Mar 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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How does Google police it?

Much smarter to give a standard policy to copy and paste... then G can bot every adsense site and see if it's there in full.

p/g

7:44 pm on Mar 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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QUOTE - Yet when I login now I don't see the page asking me to accept or decline or delay. - QUOTE

Me too it is gone. And I didn't accept it yet.

7:57 pm on Mar 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Mine is still there.

WiseWebDude - I'm kind of slow but is that your complete policy? I was envisioning pages of hard to read and understand legal type terms. If that is all that is needed I don't see any big problem or concern other than if it has to be linked to each page. Thanks

7:46 pm on Mar 18, 2008 (gmt 0)

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update

[edited by: AdSenseAdvisor at 8:18 pm (utc) on Mar. 18, 2008]

8:46 pm on Mar 18, 2008 (gmt 0)

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In the future we may begin to serve new ad tags that may use web beacons to help advertisers track their metrics.
10:35 pm on Mar 18, 2008 (gmt 0)

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thanks for the response, ASA.
10:22 pm on Mar 20, 2008 (gmt 0)

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"Unfortunately, we can't provide advice as to how you display your privacy policy because this depends on your site. "

Oh come on. A general overall duck out? At least you oculd provide the "bare minimum policy requirements" that are acceptable to Google in order to pass mustard and not be penalized later, or does G really get it's jollys pouncing on unsuspecting webmasters who thought they WERE doing things right. Especially for those who do not currently have ANY policy posted (never used cookies ourselves, don't even know how to and never wanted to) and are starting from scratch. Is it safe to say then that what Google displays themselves is totally sufficient for us or do we need to go above and beyond in originality? BTW, isn't mentioning the fact that some links displayed by Adsense may contain 'whatever' violate the part of the TOS about NOT drawing attention to the ads in any way?

5:26 am on Mar 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Is it safe to say then that what Google displays themselves is totally sufficient for us or do we need to go above and beyond in originality?

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2:36 am on May 14, 2008 (gmt 0)

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So if a site doesn't use cookies or beacons at all and it's just because of adsense, in theory we just should link to Google's privacy policy. Why dump it in our lap, it's Google's problem, not ours.

Why doesn't the corner of every adsense ad have a link to Google's privacy policy?

[edited by: amznVibe at 2:37 am (utc) on May 14, 2008]

6:48 pm on May 14, 2008 (gmt 0)

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ASA

Where is Google's privacy policy relevant to adsense ?
Dito for the one relevant to analytics ?

That way I can link to them and be done with it.

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