Illegal hacking

What's the policy?

Google AdWords doesn't allow ads or websites that promote hacking by providing instructions or equipment to illegally access or tamper with software, servers, cell phones, or websites.

We've created this policy based on legal factors.

How does this policy differ from country to country?

In addition to the requirements above, there may be further restrictions based on which countries your campaign targets. Click a location below to see additional requirements that you must meet in order for your ad campaign to target that location.

China
Product Allowed?
Eavesdropping devices and services Not allowed
In China, Google doesn't allow eavesdropping devices and services, including phone-tapping devices, cell phone-tapping devices, fax interceptors, and pinhole cameras.
Private servers or game hacks Not allowed
In China, Google doesn't allow private servers or game hacks, such as private servers that offer versions of copyrighted games to users at low costs.
Korea
Product Allowed?
"Auto hunting" software or "auto mouse" Not allowed
In Korea, Google doesn't allow the promotion of "auto hunting" software or "auto mouse."
R4 cards Not allowed
In Korea, Google doesn't allow the promotion of R4 cards.
European Union
Product Allowed?
R4 cards Not allowed
In the European Union, Google doesn't allow the promotion of R4 cards.
Everywhere except the United States
Product Allowed?
Mobile unlocking Allowed
Google allows mobile unlocking everywhere except the United States.

Examples

Product Allowed?
Instructions to illegally access or tamper with software, servers, or websites Not allowed Not allowed
Google doesn't allow the promotion of instructions or equipment to illegally access or tamper with software, servers, or websites.
Captcha test cracks Not allowed Not allowed
Google doesn't allow the promotion of products or services that intend to bypass or "crack" captcha tests.
Satellite TV copyright modifications Not allowed Not allowed
Google doesn't allow the promotion of certain satellite/TV to PC devices, FTA (free-to-air) receiver modification services or decryption key services, cable descramblers, black boxes, and digital cable filters.
DeCSS, CSS, CPRx Not allowed Not allowed
Google doesn't allow the promotion of DeCSS, CSS, and CPRx.
Mod chips Not allowed Not allowed
Google doesn't allow the promotion of certain mod chips.
Phone jammers Not allowed Not allowed
Google doesn't allow the promotion of phone jammers.
Slide cards, HU loaders, HU cards, DSS test cards Not allowed Not allowed
Google doesn't allow the promotion of slide cards, HU loaders, HU cards, and DSS test cards.
SS-Pro2, ISO 7816 Programmers, Smart Card program unloopers Not allowed Not allowed
Google doesn't allow the promotion of SS-Pro2, ISO 7816 Programmers, and Smart Card program unloopers.
Stealth switches Not allowed Not allowed
Google doesn't allow the promotion of "stealth switches" for test cards.
UN-99 devices, DAT devices, blocker devices, DDT devices Not allowed Not allowed
Google doesn't allow the promotion of UN-99 devices, DAT devices, blocker devices, and DDT devices.
Phone tapping, phone interception Not allowed Not allowed
Google doesn't allow phone tapping, including call interception and call log or text messaging interception.
Web monitoring software or devices Not allowed Not allowed
Google doesn't allow web monitoring software or devices that collect, log, or relay information without the user's knowledge.
Flash cards Not allowed Not allowed
Google doesn't allow the promotion of flash cards and storage devices that are explicitly promoted as an illegal circumvention or pirating device.
Mobile unlocking Allowed with limitations
Google allows mobile unlocking everywhere except the United States.
TV tuner cards Allowed
Google allows the promotion of TV tuner cards.
Phone tapping or phone monitoring for children or employees Allowed
Google allows the promotion of phone tapping, phone monitoring, and call recording devices marketed specifically for children or employees.
Phone tapping software or devices for government agencies Allowed
Google allows the promotion of phone tapping software or devices targeted to government entities such as law enforcement agencies.
FTA receivers Allowed
Google allows the promotion of FTA receivers or other FTA hardware. FTA receivers that use illegal encryption technologies aren't allowed.
Web monitoring software or devices marketed specifically for children or employees Allowed
Google allows the promotion of web monitoring software or device marketed specifically for children or employees.

What can I do if my ad gets disapproved?

If your ad gets disapproved for violating this policy, try reviewing the following tips to help resolve your issue:

Disapproval reason What does it mean? What do I do now?
Hacking Your ad or website is promoting unacceptable hacking products or services. Remove all references to hacking products and services from your ad and website. Once you've made any necessary changes, you can then resubmit your ad for review, following the instructions in the section below.
Eavesdropping devices and services Your ad or website is promoting eavesdropping devices or services, which isn't allowed for at least one country in your campaign's targeting. Remove all references to eavesdropping devices and services from your ad and website. You can also choose not to target the countries where this service isn't allowed. Learn how to edit your location targeting. Once you've made any necessary changes, you can then resubmit your ad for review, following the instructions in the section below.
Private Server or Game Hacks Your ad or website is promoting private server or game hacks, which isn't allowed for at least one country in your campaign's targeting. Remove all references to private server or game hacks from your ad and website. You can also choose not to target the countries where this service isn't allowed. Learn how to edit your location targeting. Once you've made any necessary changes, you can then resubmit your ad for review, following the instructions in the section below.

How do I resubmit my ad for review?

If your ad gets disapproved, you can resubmit it for review by simply editing your ad and then saving it. To avoid getting disapproved again, make sure that your ad complies with our policies and that you remove any references to unacceptable content before saving your ad.

Here's how to edit your ad:

  1. Visit your account's Ads tab.
  2. Hover over the table row that lists the ad you want to edit. Click the pencil icon next to your ad, and you'll be able to edit your ad right there.
  3. Click Save when you're done editing your ad.

After editing and saving your ad, the Status column will change from "Disapproved" to another status like "Under review" or "Eligible." We review most ads within 1 business day. Some reviews may take longer because some ads require more complex review.

What can I do if my site gets suspended?

Step 1: Modify your website so that you're no longer promoting any unacceptable hacking products or services. Please note that your entire website needs to comply, not just the landing page from your ad.

Step 2: After making any necessary changes to your site, request a re-review of your site by completing this contact form:
Request a re-review

What happens if I violate this policy?

  • Ad disapproval: Ads that don't follow this policy may get disapproved. A disapproved ad won't be able to run until the policy violation is fixed and the ad is approved.
  • Domain disabling: We may suspend websites that violate this policy, meaning that the website can no longer be advertised with AdWords until the problem is fixed.
  • Account suspension: An account may get suspended if you have several violations or a serious violation. If this happens, all ads in the suspended account will stop running, and we may no longer accept advertising from you. Any related accounts may also get permanently suspended and your new accounts may get automatically suspended at setup. Learn more about suspended accounts.

Contact information

If you still have questions about this policy, you can contact us via the link below. You'll be taken to a form where you can write to us about your issue.
Contact AdWords Support