Privacy reminder from Google

You might see a privacy reminder from Google when you use a Google service. To be consistent with data protection laws, we're asking Google users to review and agree to certain key points of our Privacy Policy.

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Why am I seeing this reminder?

To be consistent with data protection laws, we're asking Google users to review and agree to certain key points of our Privacy Policy. This isn't about a change to the Privacy Policy.

Understanding your privacy is important. Reviewing the Privacy Policy helps you understand:

  • What information Google collects, why we collect it, and how we use it
  • What choices you have for controlling your information

When will I see this reminder?

You might see the privacy reminder when you're:

  • Signing in to a Google service, like Gmail
  • Using a Google service, like Search, Maps, or YouTube

Note: The Privacy Policy covers many Google services, not just the one you're using when you see it. 

What does the reminder say?

The message you see will be different depending on whether or not you're signed in to your Google Account, because the data Google collects is different in these cases. See what the privacy reminder looks like if you're signed in to your account.

When I see this reminder, what options do I have?

When you read the privacy reminder, you'll have several options.

Once you review the entire reminder and click "I agree" at the bottom, you'll be taken back to the Google service you were using when you saw it.

Note: You have to scroll through the entire reminder before clicking "I agree."

Review the privacy reminder & get back to Google

Read the privacy reminder and scroll to the bottom. After you click "I agree," you'll be taken back to the Google service you were using.

Learn how Google uses data

If you're reading the privacy reminder, scroll to the bottom and click Learn how Google uses data to improve your experience.

Otherwise, learn how Google uses data and keeps information safe at privacy.google.com.

Adjust your privacy settings

Before you click "I agree," you'll have an opportunity to make changes to your privacy settings. The settings you'll see will be different if you're signed in to or signed out of your Google Account.

To change these settings while you're looking at the privacy reminder, scroll to Privacy Controls or Adjust your privacy controls. To learn more about the settings you can change, read the "How do I change my privacy settings?" section below. 

To change these settings if you aren't looking at the privacy reminder, visit your Google Account.

Turn off some Google services

If you're signed in to your Google Account and you have concerns about a specific Google service, like Google+ or Gmail, you can delete that service from your Google Account.

While you're looking at the privacy reminder, scroll to the bottom of the page and click Other Options and then Delete a particular Google service from your account.

To remove services if you aren't looking at the privacy reminder, visit your Google Account.

Take information out of your Google Account

You're in control of your data. You can download your data from many Google services to use it elsewhere, or keep a copy for your records.

Visit the Download your data page to get started. If you have any questions about the process, visit the download your data FAQ.

Delete your Google Account

After reviewing your choices, if you decide you don't want Google to process your data as described in the Privacy Policy, you can delete your Google Account.

If you don't have a Google Account, you can stop using Google services at any time. You can also use many Google services, like Search and Maps, without a Google Account, though you will still see the privacy reminder.

Important: Before you delete your account

If I delete my account, what happens to the content I've purchased?

If you delete your account, you won't be able to access certain content on Google Play or YouTube. This includes things like movie purchases or rentals that haven't expired yet, subscriptions to services like Google Play Music, and apps you’ve bought on Google Play.

How long do I have to make a decision?

If you're signed in to your Google Account

When you see the privacy reminder, take your time to review it and make any changes you want to your Google Account. You'll have the option to adjust your privacy settings, or turn off some Google services. Before you can sign in to use Google services, you need to click "I agree" at the bottom of the reminder.

If you're signed out of your Google Account

If you're signed out, you may see the privacy reminder in various places across Google services. You'll have the option to adjust your privacy settings, or turn off some Google services. You can click on this reminder right away, or come back to it later. However, after a few days, you'll be required to click "I agree" before continuing to use Google services.

Will I see this reminder more than once?

If you're signed in to your Google Account

If you click "I agree" when you're signed in, you won't be asked to review it again on other devices or browsers where you're signed in.

If you're signed out of your Google Account
If you click "I agree" when you're signed out, you may see the reminder more than once if:
  • You're using Google on multiple devices or browsers and aren't signed in
  • You've turned on browser settings that regularly clear your cookies

After I agree, what options do I have?

If you're signed in to your Google Account

When you click "I agree" on a privacy reminder, you agree to certain key points of the Privacy Policy for Google services.

To see the reminder again, read "What does the reminder say?" above. To change your privacy settings at any time, see "How do I change my privacy settings?" below.

If you're signed out of your Google Account
When you click "I agree" on a privacy reminder, you agree to certain key points of the Privacy Policy for all of your signed out Google services. To see the reminder again, read "What does the reminder say?" above.

To read these policies again, check out the Privacy Policy site.  To take back your approval, you'll need to clear your cookies. If you are using Chrome browser, learn how to clear and manage cookies on Chrome. To change your privacy settings at any time, see "How do I change my privacy settings?" below.

Why should I sign in to my Google Account?

If you see the privacy reminder while signed out of your Google Account, you might be prompted to sign in to your Google Account.

If you sign in before accepting the privacy reminder, we can remember that you've seen this reminder before. This means you won't be asked to review it again on any other devices or browsers where you're signed in.

Tip: When you're signed in, you can also manage all of your Google privacy settings and data. This includes things like your searches and browsing activity and places you go.

How do I change my privacy settings?

How to change your settings

If you want to change any of your privacy settings, you can do so at any time.

If you're reading the privacy reminder, scroll to Privacy Controls or Adjust your privacy controls.

At any other time:

Settings you can change while signed in

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Browser settings

To check or change your settings later, visit your Google Account.

Settings you can change while signed out

Some privacy settings are only relevant if you're signed in to your Google Account, so you'll see fewer settings to change if you're signed out. Learn more about privacy settings for when you're signed out of your account.

For example, since you need a Google Account to have a Google+ profile, settings for managing a Google+ profile are only available to people who are signed in.

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Browser settings

To check or change your settings later, visit your Google Account

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