Enabling dishonest behavior

We do not allow content that:

  • helps users to mislead others.

    Examples: Creating fake or false documents such as passports, diplomas, or accreditation; sale or distribution of term papers, paper-writing or exam-taking services; information or products for passing drug tests

  • promotes any form of hacking or cracking and/or provides users with instructions, equipment, or software that tampers with or provides unauthorized access to devices, software, servers, or websites.

    Examples: Pages or products that enable illegal access of cell phones and other communications or content delivery systems or devices; products or services that bypass copyright protection, including circumvention of digital rights management technologies; products that illegally descramble cable or satellite signals in order to get free services; pages that assist or enable users to download streaming videos if prohibited by the content provider

  • enables a user, or promotes products and services that enable a user, to track or monitor another person or their activities without their authorization.

    Examples: Spyware and technology used for intimate partner surveillance including but not limited to spyware/malware that enables a user to monitor another person’s texts, phone calls, or browsing history; GPS trackers specifically marketed to spy or track someone without their consent; promotion of surveillance equipment (e.g. cameras, audio recorders, dash cams, nanny cams) marketed with the express purpose of spying

    This does not include (a) private investigation services or (b) products or services designed for parents to track or monitor their underage children.

Tips for understanding this policy

The example image below promotes the purchase of fake IDs, which is a type of content that enables dishonest behavior. Ads may not be placed on pages that sell or promote content that enables dishonest behavior. 

Another example of enabling dishonest content are ads that promote any form of hacking or cracking.

Hacking and cracking content | Google Publisher Policies

The example image below promotes hacking, which is a type of content that enables dishonest behavior. Ads may not be placed on pages that promote any form of hacking or cracking (unauthorized access to software, servers, or websites). 

 

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