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Transparency and privacy

If you believe a Google Customer Reviews participant is in violation of one of the policies below, please let us know by filling out the Google Customer Reviews report violation form so we can investigate.

False and misleading representation

Google Customer Reviews doesn’t allow its participants to display content that misrepresents a product, offering, or material fact. A Google Customer Reviews participant is not allowed to provide an inaccurate product or offering description or knowingly omit any material details of a product or offering. This applies to all product features including but not limited to quality, value, price or history of the good.

Google doesn’t allow merchants to falsely represent other merchants or organizations.

Implied affiliation

Google Customer Reviews doesn't allow content that implies an affiliation, partnership, or any special relationship with Google without explicit authorization from Google. Participants will not issue any press release, announcements, or other promotional materials, related to participation in the Program without Google’s prior approval. Please direct all requests for such approval to press@google.com. Additionally, participants can't imply an affiliation, partnership, or any special relationship with any unrelated third party.

Information harvesting

Google Customer Reviews doesn't allow websites whose primary purpose is to collect personal information. This includes but is not limited to websites offering free gifts or other incentives in exchange for personal information. We refer to this practice as "information harvesting." Examples of free gifts or incentives include: prizes, offers, videos, eBooks, and quiz/survey results.

Websites that are not harvesting information from users, but collect sensitive personal information (such as bank details and credit card numbers) must use a secure processing server (https://) when collecting this information.

Participants remain responsible for ensuring that they are compliant with local laws and regulations on the subject of privacy and data protection. Google may suspend any account or campaign found to be in violation of our policy or the law.

Software principles

Google Customer Reviews doesn't allow websites that distribute harmful or disruptive software onto users' machines. Additionally, Google doesn't allow websites that are misleading or deceptive about the nature of distributed downloads.

This policy is shaped by our corporate Software Principles:

  • Installation - We believe software shouldn't trick you into installing it
  • Upfront disclosure - When an application is installed or enabled, it should inform you of its principal and significant functions
  • Simple removal - It should be easy for you to figure out how to disable or delete an application
  • Clear behavior - Applications that affect or change your user experience should make it clear that they're the reason for those changes
  • Snooping - If an application collects or transmits your personal information such as your address, you should know
  • Keeping good company - Application providers shouldn't allow their products to be bundled with applications that don't meet these guidelines

Some applications may not be malicious in their intent, but are designed to bundle applications, transmit user information, or change computer settings without explicit user acknowledgement. This type of software is considered harmful for the user because it may steal personal and financial information, is typically not easy to uninstall or remove, may change browser settings, and may transmit data to and from other external entities without the user's consent.

Participant privacy practices

Participants must post a privacy policy which accurately discloses their practices regarding the collection, use, and disclosure of information, including personally-identifiable information.

Participants should include the following information in their privacy policies:

  • Third party vendors, including Google, use cookies to serve the badge on your website and to serve ads based on a user's prior visits to your website
  • Users may opt out of Google's use of cookies to serve ads based on a user's prior visits to your website by visiting the Google advertising opt-out page. Alternatively you can point users who wish to opt out of a third party vendor's use of cookies for interest-based advertising to the Network Advertising Initiative opt out page.

Because advertiser sites and laws across countries/territories vary, we're unable to suggest specific privacy policy language. However, you may wish to review resources such as the Network Advertising Initiative (NAI) for guidance on drafting a privacy policy.

Personal information

Advertisers must provide a secure way for customers to purchase products online and systems are expected to follow best practices for privacy and security. If your website collects sensitive personal information, your site must be hosted on a secure server that uses SSL (https). The following information is all considered to be sensitive personal information.

  • Credit and debit card numbers
  • Bank and investment account numbers
  • Checking account numbers
  • Wire transfer numbers
  • National identity, pension, social security, or health care numbers
  • Any other information which is defined as sensitive personal data/information under applicable law

For any page of your website the collects and stores sensitive personal information, your site must be hosted on a secure server that uses SSL (https). In addition, participants must clearly post their terms for opting-in and opting-out of saving payment instruments for future purchases, as applicable.

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