Understand network connections to third-party servers

Google Earth can load data from third-party servers. A server is considered "third-party" if it isn’t owned and operated by Google. Features like Tile Overlays and KML Network Links within Earth projects may link to resources on a third-party server. Learn more about Tile Overlays.

If an Earth project triggers a network connection to a third-party server, a notification appears on your screen. The notification only appears the first time content is loaded from a new domain.

Tip: Always use content from trusted sources. Third-party servers can monitor network traffic and may be able to infer information about your use of Google Earth. For example, when a Tiled Overlay is active, a third-party server could monitor individual tile loads from your IP address and learn what geographic regions you viewed.

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