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Google is requiring changes in publishers Privacy Policy

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2:50 am on Mar 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Just got an email from the Googleplex.

Publishers are required to update their Privacy Policy to reflect the use of "interest based advertising."

Of course, they cannot suggest any "appropriate language" for the new Privacy Policy...

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3:05 am on Mar 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Yeah, I saw that, just received one myself. Not much help on blogspot or support pages either.. heeh..
3:42 am on Mar 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

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i turned the new feature off
3:51 am on Mar 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I got the email too. I just did the best I could to update my Privacy Policy pages.
4:01 am on Mar 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

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This issue came up before, I added a link to Google's Privacy Policy Page and suggested users read it too for my privacy policy. Later I just deleted it.
5:38 am on Mar 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

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How to Turn this off

I only own some blogger blogs and Not sure what and where to change my privacy policy

can someone give me sample text?

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I found how to disable this.I will wait other users to report any postive of this feature until Turn it on.Changing TOS is another problem with this feature
6:56 am on Mar 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I got the email request to update my privacy policy too this morning, I dug it out of my spam folder, but I have no clue how long it's been running on my sites, I got no warning.

It's a little late, this should have been OPT IN to begin with.

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I got my original Privacy Policy that Jensense posted as an example.

But she has not posted a new one yet.

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I turned it off because I am quite angry that Google should implement something (with legal implications?) like this without an opt in.

Is this just the thin end of the wedge?

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I also got an email request to update my privacy policy, but I disable that feature. Is is okay to turn this off?
8:44 am on Mar 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I'm noexpert butI don't see this as a big problem. I have added the following to my privacy policies.

"Third party advertising companies may also collect information about other sites you have visited in order to display appropriate advertisements on this site."

Added this after the bit that said third parties may use cookies or beacons, and before the bit that explanes a bit more about cookies and a link to a site with more cookie information.

I have updated all my sites even if they don't have Adsense on at present.
As was pointed out when Google last insisted we update our policies,how many people actually read it, and if evryone has a similar sort of thing, it is not going to put people off.

Last time Google asked us to update our privacy policies, I felt they had done me a favour - forcing me to check it was upto date and covering all possibilities.

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To turn the new feature off:
[google.com...]

Google provides some more guidance on what they want from us (actually linked from the email: [google.com...]

But I'm opting out, I don't like them tracking me that way and can't allow them to use it on my site.

Note this though:
[google.com...]

They want us to adapt the privacy policy regardless of turning it off as it seems the turn off of the feature doesn't entirely work or so (it's confusing to say the least)

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I'm noexpert butI don't see this as a big problem.

I agree that it's not a big problem for us to implement but if Google is changing something that may have legal implications for their advertisers and this has an opt out then should they not be offering an opt in before implementation?

What happens to the many advertisers who will not see Google's email about this because it got caught in a spam filter or whatever?

9:58 am on Mar 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

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So, what's in it for me!

I'll probably just leave it on. Maybe I'll even get round to adding a privacy and disclaimer page one day

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"What happens to the many advertisers who will not see Google's email about this because it got caught in a spam filter or whatever?"

I feel it's the publisher's responsibility to set up their email to get every message from the Googleplex. Personally I created a new email just for G which can never get spam b/c it's not used for anything else. Publishers need to realize if they don't have something like this, they could lose their Adsense account.

I had used an email address for AdSense that I used on one website, and it got a ton of spam. I ended up missing the Adsense email, which asked for site changes, and then because I didn't make them, my account was suspended for several days, costing me a bunch of money. That's why I now use an exclusive email address.

p/g

10:37 am on Mar 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Fished it out of the spam folder too. I'm just wsiting for the adsense privacy policy generator tool to update their tool, then get it from there.
11:58 am on Mar 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Never got the email. But then again, I'm in Europe. I do have the option to turn off this feature though. ASA? What should I do? Are interest-based ads also going to be serverd and Europe and should I react accordingly?
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Just a stupid question (but it is good to be 100% sure), if I had turned it off, do I still need to update my privacy policy?
12:37 pm on Mar 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Can someone please tell me where I can update my privacy policy in the Adsense account?
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Just a stupid question (but it is good to be 100% sure), if I had turned it off, do I still need to update my privacy policy?

I hope it doesn't need to be updated. Don't have time to work for Google.

1:05 pm on Mar 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Can someone please tell me where I can update my privacy policy in the Adsense account?

(For at least the US)
[google.com...]

I'm curious if this has already been rolled out, given the recent problems with AdSense lately, and my AdSense down about 10% since, it makes me wonder.

I'm going to turn this off and let others beta test it :). Granted, as a user, I wish I saw ads targeted towards my interests no matter what site I was on. However for that type of information, the ecomm sites I shop on would have to have Adsense on them as well to pick up that data.

Unless they're using Analytics to track as well... =/?

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Thanks.

So by going into your Adsense account, then My Account>Account Settings>Internet-based Ads Preference and choose show or do not show, that is how you update your privacy policy?

Just want to make sure that I am doing the right thing.

[edited by: gouri at 1:45 pm (utc) on Mar. 13, 2009]

1:45 pm on Mar 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

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gouri, your "privacy policy" is one page of your website that you have created and not a page on Google's site.

That is how I have done my privacy policy page.

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Change your privacy policy is not required!

But it is a good thing to inform your visitors. In some country's it is required by law...

Google has nothing to do with it.

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icedowl,

I think I was mistaken. So the privacy policy is a page on your site that contains your own statement that you write.

The sites I work on do not contain a privacy policy page, so if I click show ads for Internet-based Ads Preference can I be a part of the program?

1:58 pm on Mar 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I'm not clear what switching it off on my Adsense account achieves.
Does it stop visits to my site being tracked or does it just mean that I don't get ads displayed based on the tracking?
2:46 pm on Mar 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

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gouri, having a privacy policy is mandatory per google's TOS. At least, as far as I know.
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Just a stupid question (but it is good to be 100% sure), if I had turned it off, do I still need to update my privacy policy?

I hope it doesn't need to be updated. Don't have time to work for Google.

According to this:
[google.com...]
you DO have to update your privacy policy even if you opt out:


I've opted out of ads based on user interest categories. Do I still need to change my privacy policy?

Yes, you'll still need to update your privacy policy. [...]

But that page lacks a lot of clarity on the reason, a bit more explanation of what opting out actually means would be in order.

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