Feed-based program policies

We may change our policies at any time, and it’s your responsibility to keep up-to-date with and adhere to the policies posted here. We’ll notify account holders via email upon changes to these policies. 

Digital file types accepted for Google News

Google currently accepts PDF and RePub files for magazine content and RSS feeds for news content.

Reporting for Google News purchases

Google makes reports of sales of Google News magazines and news content available on Google News via our Partner Center. Such reports include details regarding list price, and for magazines, whether the purchase type is for a subscription versus single issue, currency, refunds, and other metrics determined by Google, on a per issue and per transaction basis. Google also reports sales tax collection and customer usage details.

Refund policy

Google grants a timely refund request when digital content purchased on Google News doesn’t perform as stated, but the determination of whether digital content performs as stated is at Google's sole discretion. Google may also consider factors other than the performance of the digital content, such as whether an error was made during the sale and whether the refund request appears to be abusive.

When a refund is granted, the sale transaction is reversed: the user's access to the digital content is discontinued, the user's money is credited, and your account is debited. Users may, in some cases, retain limited access to refunded digital content if they’ve already downloaded a copy to a reading device.

Content policies

Digital content that you sell on Google News must comply with the Google News content policies.

Buyer currency

Google News may permit you, at Google’s discretion, to list prices for your digital content and a user may purchase your digital content, in a currency different from that of your designated bank account ("User Currency Purchase Transaction"). For any User Currency Purchase Transaction, you’ll be paid in the currency of your designated bank account (which must be US dollars unless otherwise permitted by Google), based on an exchange rate that will be applied to the purchase amount (denominated in buyer currency) at the time the transaction is submitted.

For example, if you price your interactive magazines in Canadian dollars for a Canada user as permitted by Google, and your bank account is located in the United States, Google pays you in US dollars. The exchange rate is determined by a financial institution utilized by Google to calculate exchange rates, and may be adjusted based on market conditions without notice. If a User Currency Purchase Transaction is subsequently subject to refund, reversal, chargeback or other adjustment, Google applies the same exchange rate and currency that applied to the original User Currency Purchase Transaction in calculating the refund, reversal, chargeback or other adjustment. Google reserves the right to impose fees on this currency conversion.

Price changes for subscriptions

Currently, users auto-renew subscriptions at the current rate even if the store price has changed during the subscription term. In the future, we may offer the ability to increase the price of subscription upon its renewal by the user. In that case, a notice will be sent to subscribers upon a renewal if the price has changed during the subscription term allowing the subscriber to elect to renew at the new rate. When this feature is provided, publishers will be required to provide Google with price changes more than 45 days prior to the renewal date for these changes to be sent to existing subscribers. If price changes aren’t received by this time, the subscriber will auto-renew at the current rate.

Discount prices for print subscribers

You may offer a discount for subscriptions on Google News for users that have an existing print or digital subscription for that content. Google verifies the user’s print subscription with the publisher or print fulfillment houses before providing a discounted price. Once a user’s print or digital subscription is verified and that user has purchased a subscription at the discounted price, the user’s subscription renews at the discounted price until cancelled. Eventually, Google will periodically re-verify the existence of the print or digital subscription, and if unable to re-verify, will cancel the Google News subscription.

Default prices

For non-agency publishers, if you don’t set a list price for single issues or subscriptions of your digital content, Google may set a default price independently.

Spam

Do not spam. This includes sending unwanted promotional or commercial content, or unwanted or mass solicitation.

Ads on News content

Publisher-sold ads on Google News are a premium advertising offering that provides additional revenue opportunities for publishers. Publishers have the option to place their own ads into the News edition of their publication, as well as control the percentage of ads placed by Google, subject to a revenue share arrangement with Google.

Google News ads must adhere to the policies outlined in our advertising policies,  including the following:

Data protection

If you access, use, or process personal information made available by Google that directly or indirectly identifies an individual and that originated in the European Union, then you'll do the following:

  • Comply with all privacy, data security, and data protection laws, directives, regulations, and rules in any applicable jurisdiction
  • Use or access Personal Information only for purposes consistent with the consent obtained by the individual to whom the Personal Information relates
  • Implement appropriate organizational and technical measures to protect the Personal Information against loss, misuse, and unauthorized or unlawful access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction
  • Provide the same level of protection as required by the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield principles

You’ll regularly monitor your compliance with this obligation and immediately notify Google in writing if you can no longer meet (or if there is a significant risk that you can no longer meet) this obligation. In such cases, you’ll either cease processing personal information or immediately take other reasonable and appropriate steps to remedy the failure to provide an adequate level of protection.

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