Welcome to Google+!
Thanks for using Google+. Google+ is a service provided by Google LLC ("Google"), located at 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, United States.
By using Google+, you are agreeing to these terms. Please read them carefully.
When using Google+, you must comply with the User Content and Conduct Policy.
Do not misuse Google+; for example, do not interfere with Google+ or try to access it using a method other than the interface and the instructions that we provide. You may use Google+ only as permitted by law, including applicable export and control laws and regulations.
Using Google+ does not give you ownership of any intellectual property rights in Google+ or the content that you access. You may not use content from Google+ unless you obtain permission from its owner or are otherwise permitted by law. These terms do not grant you the right to use any branding or logos used in Google+. Do not remove, obscure, or alter any legal notices displayed in, or along with, Google+.
Google+ displays some content that is not Google’s. This content is the sole responsibility of the entity that makes it available. We may review this content to determine whether it is illegal (e.g. child sexual abuse imagery) or if it violates our Terms and Policies (e.g., harassment, bullying and threatening behavior), and we may remove or block content that we reasonably believe violates our Terms and Policies or the law. But that does not necessarily mean that we review content, so please do not assume that we do.
When you take action on another user’s content or take action in another person’s space on Google+, the owner of the content or the owner of the space (or their designee) may have the ability, in-product, to remove, block, or otherwise moderate your content (e.g., the owner of a post may be able to remove your comment on their post or an owner or moderator of a Google+ Community may be able to remove your post from their Community). If Google, as the provider of the Google+ service, removes or blocks your content in accordance with the paragraph above, we'll notify you with the reason for our action unless we reasonably believe that to do so would cause Google or another person legal liability, would compromise an investigation, would compromise the operation of any Google products, services or systems, would cause harm to our users, or would be in breach of the law or the direction of a legal enforcement authority. You can appeal the decisions taken by us as the provider of the Google+ service here.
In connection with your use of Google+, we may send you service announcements, administrative messages, and other information. You may opt out of some of those communications.
Google+ is available on mobile devices. Do not use it in a way that distracts you and prevents you from obeying traffic or safety laws.
Your Google Account
You'll need a Google Account in order to use Google+. You may create your own Google Account, or your Google Account may be assigned to you by an administrator, such as your employer or educational institution. If you're using a Google Account assigned to you by an administrator, different or additional terms may apply, and your administrator may be able to access or disable your account.
To protect your Google Account, keep your password confidential. You are responsible for the activity that happens on or through your Google Account. Try not to reuse your Google Account password on third-party applications. If you learn of any unauthorized use of your password or Google Account, follow these instructions.
Privacy and Copyright Protection
Google’s Privacy Policies explain how we treat your personal data and protect your privacy when you use Google+. By using Google+, you agree that Google can use such data in accordance with our Privacy Policies.
We respond to notices of alleged copyright infringement and terminate accounts of repeat infringers according to the process set out in the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
We provide information to help copyright holders manage their intellectual property online. If you think that somebody is violating your copyright and want to notify us, you can find information about submitting notices, and Google’s policy about responding to notices, in our Help Centre.
Google+ allows you to upload, submit, store, send, or receive content. You retain ownership of any intellectual property rights that you hold over this content. In short, what belongs to you stays yours.
When you upload, submit, store, send, or receive content to or through Google+, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes that we make so that your content works better with our services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display, and distribute such content. The rights that you grant in this license are for the limited purpose of operating, promoting, and improving our services, and to develop new ones. This license continues even if you stop using Google+, unless you delete your content. Make sure that you have the necessary rights to grant Google this license for any content that you submit to Google+.
Our automated systems analyse your content (including emails) to provide you with personally relevant product features, such as custom search results, tailored advertising, and spam and malware detection. This analysis occurs as the content is sent, received, and when it is stored.
If you have a Google Account, we may display your profile name, profile photo, and any actions that you take on Google+, Google, or on third-party applications connected to your Google Account (such as +1s, reviews that you write, and comments that you post) in our services, including displaying in ads and other commercial contexts. We'll respect the choices that you make to limit sharing or visibility settings in your Google Account. For example, you can choose your settings so that your name and photo don't appear in an ad.
When Google+ requires or includes downloadable software, this software may be updated automatically on your device once a new version or feature is available. Some services may let you adjust your automatic update settings.
Google gives you a personal, worldwide, royalty-free, non-assignable, and non-exclusive license to use the software provided to you by Google as part of Google+. This license is for the sole purpose of enabling you to use and enjoy the benefit of Google+, as provided by Google, in the manner permitted by these terms. You may not copy, modify, distribute, sell, or lease any part of Google+ or the software included, nor may you reverse engineer or attempt to extract the source code of that software, unless laws prohibit those restrictions or you have our written permission.
Open-source software is important to us. Some software used in Google+ may be offered under an open-source license that we'll make available to you. There may be provisions in the open-source license that expressly override some of these terms.
Modification and Termination
We are constantly changing and improving Google+. We may add or remove functionalities or features, and we may suspend or stop Google+ altogether.
You can stop using Google+ at any time, although we'd be sorry to see you go. We may suspend or stop providing Google+ to you if you materially or repeatedly breach the Terms and Policies, or if we are investigating suspected misconduct. We'll notify you of the reason for our action unless we reasonably believe that to do so would cause Google or another person legal liability, would compromise an investigation, would compromise the operation of any Google products, services or systems, would cause harm to our users, or would be in breach of the law or the direction of a legal enforcement authority. You can appeal the decisions taken by us as the provider of the Google+ service here. If your entire Google Account is suspended, you can appeal the decision here.
We believe that you own your data, and preserving your access to such data is important. If we discontinue Google+, where reasonably possible, we'll give you reasonable advance notice and a chance to remove information from it.
Our Warranties and Disclaimers
We provide Google+ using a commercially reasonable level of skill and care, and we hope you'll enjoy using it. But there are certain things that we do not promise about Google+.
For example, unless expressly stated, we do not make any commitments about the content within the Services, the specific functions of the Services or their reliability, availability, or ability to meet your needs.
If you're using the Services for a personal purpose, then nothing in these terms or any additional terms will limit any legal rights that you may have under consumer law and which may not be limited or excluded by contract.
Nothing in these terms is intended to exclude or limit the liability of Google and its suppliers and distributors for death or personal injury, fraud, or any liability that cannot be excluded by law. Nothing in these terms will affect your statutory rights.
Google and Google’s suppliers and distributors will not be responsible for (a) losses that were not caused by our breach of these terms; or (b) losses relating to any business of yours, including lost profits, revenues or data, financial losses, or indirect, special, consequential, exemplary, or punitive damages.
If the services are not performed with reasonable care and skill, we will, where possible, offer to re-perform them for you. For business users, where re-performance is not possible, Google and its suppliers’ and distributors’ total liability to you under these terms, whether based in contract or tort (including negligence), will be limited to the amount that you paid us to use Google+.
If you're using Google+ on behalf of a business, that business accepts these terms. It will hold harmless and indemnify Google and its affiliates, officers, agents and employees from any claim, action or proceedings arising from, or related to, the use of Google+ or violation of these terms, including any liability or expense arising from claims, losses, damages, judgements, litigation costs, and legal fees.
About these Terms
We may modify the Terms and Policies to, for example, reflect changes to the law or changes to Google+. You should look at the Terms and Policies regularly. We’ll post notice of modifications to these terms on this page. We’ll post notice of modifications to the other Terms and Policies on their relevant pages. Changes will not apply retrospectively and will become effective no earlier than fourteen days after they are posted. However, changes addressing new functions for Google+ or changes made for legal reasons will be effective immediately. If you do not agree to the modified terms, you should discontinue your use of Google+.
If there is any inconsistency between these terms and the other Terms and Policies, the other Terms and Policies will prevail to the extent of the inconsistency.
These terms govern the relationship between Google and you. They do not create any third-party beneficiary rights.
If you do not comply with these terms and we do not take action immediately, this doesn’t mean that we are giving up any rights that we may have (such as taking action in the future).
If it turns out that a particular term is not enforceable, this will not affect any other terms.
If you live in the European Union, the laws and courts of your country of residence will apply to any disputes arising out of, or relating to, the Terms and Policies or the Google+ service, and you can bring legal proceedings in your local courts.
For information about how to contact Google, please visit our contact page.