How Your Content is Used

Content you submit may appear on and be used across Google services, including Maps, Search, and YouTube. It may also appear on third–party sites that use Google embeddable widgets or Google Maps Platform. Data associated with your contribution, such as device type, operating system, and the date, time, and precise location where the content was captured, may be used across Google services. If you do not want to share your experience, imagery, video, the date and time, or the location at which the imagery or video was taken, please do not publish it using Google services.

The following attribution practices will apply depending on whether the content is your subjective content or publicly available factual information that you provide, as defined in Google’s Terms of Service:

Your subjective content

If your subjective content—such as a review, media, or place question or answer—is posted, it may appear publicly and be attributed to you. Attribution may include linking the post to your profile name or picture that appears on your Maps profile page, or displaying your profile name or picture with the content. Google will not attribute the content where it is infeasible, such as where space is constrained.

If you delete your content, it will be removed from public view in accordance with the Google Terms of Service.

If your Google Account is restricted from posting reviews or media, your content may be removed from public view.

Publicly available factual information that you provide

Your factual edits on Google services—such as edits to place name, hours, or address—may be displayed on your private profile view, but will not be publicly attributed to you. If you delete an edit, it will no longer appear on your private profile view. Factual edits may be retained but will not be associated with your account.

Emoji reactions

Emoji reactions may appear across Google services. To remove a reaction, tap the reaction icon again.

Beta questions

For beta questions, your answers may not be displayed publicly during the experiment and may only be visible to you or others participating in the experiment. Your answers may be deleted after the experiment is completed.

Machine learning technologies & generative AI experiences

Content you submit, including reactions and related metadata, may be used to provide, develop, and improve Google products, including machine learning technologies and generative AI experiences. 

When your content is used for training purposes to develop and improve Google’s machine learning technologies and generative AI experiences, we take a number of precautions to protect your privacy, including:

  • Disconnecting your content from your account 
  • Using automated tools to help recognize and remove a broad range of potentially identifying information and personal information

Trained reviewers may process your content to help with quality and to improve our machine learning technologies and generative AI experiences. 

Please do not submit content that contains confidential information, or any data you would not want a reviewer to see or Google to use to improve our products, services, and machine-learning technologies.

If you are interested, you can learn more about how generative AI works and review Google’s principles for responsible AI.

Content you submit must satisfy the following policies:

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