Understanding the basics of privacy on YouTube apps

Keeping you safe online is core to everything we do — it is our commitment to be transparent about the data we use while giving you choice and control over it. As YouTube’s apps are updated with new features or bug fixes in Apple’s App Store, you’ll find our app page listings now include App Privacy Details. These labels include all categories of data that could be collected via every available feature and service in the app for all viewers, creators, and partners. Not all features are available to or used by every user. To learn more about Apple’s App Privacy Details program, please visit Apple’s blog.

The data you provide to Google and YouTube helps us improve your experience when using our services. You can control your YouTube privacy settings by visiting Your Data in YouTube or your Google Account.

How YouTube may use data across apps and websites owned by other companies

When you use YouTube, we offer you settings to control what data and activity can be used to personalize ads within YouTube. On iOS devices, YouTube may use information, such as Identifier for Advertisers (IDFA), for personalized advertisements and ad-related measurement. However, as we announced on January 27, 2021, along with the rest of Google, YouTube will no longer be using this information in the near future. To learn more about data collection and advertising on YouTube and Google services, including on Android devices, visit our Privacy Policy. To opt out of ads personalization or see your controls and ads information, visit Google Ad Settings.

How YouTube may use data linked to your account

YouTube uses your data to improve your experience, like reminding you what you’ve watched, and giving you more relevant recommendations and search results. Your activity and information can also be used to personalize ads within YouTube and other Google Services. You can manage activity data in Your Data in YouTube.

How YouTube may use aggregated data

In order to constantly improve our services, we use anonymized, aggregated YouTube data to improve the experience for all users. For example, we use diagnostics to understand the health of the YouTube app, fix bugs, and improve speed and performance.

How YouTube helps you control your privacy and security

We’re continuously working to keep you in control of your privacy and security on YouTube — whether that’s helping you manage your settings with proactive tools, or making those settings easier to use in our products. For example, we offer data minimization tools like auto-delete, which give you the choice to have YouTube automatically delete your data after a certain amount of time, and you can manage your activity data in Your Data in YouTube.

How YouTube may use your search and watch history, and how you can control it

YouTube uses search and watch history to improve your experience, for example to make it easier to find videos you recently watched or to improve your recommendations. Search and watch history can also be used to show you relevant and useful ads. You can view or delete data from your search and watch history in Your Data in YouTube to make recommendations and ads more relevant to you.

How YouTube may use your location data

YouTube may use location information to show you relevant video recommendations or search results according to where you are. For example, if you’re searching for news on YouTube, your search results may include top news specific to your country. Also, if you grant permission, your live streams and video uploads can be tagged with location data to help viewers find your content. 

As another example, YouTube Music uses aggregated location data to show you features such as global and country top charts. YouTube Music may also use more precise location data, if you have previously opted in, for personalized location-based recommendations. For more information on updating your location settings on YouTube Music, please refer to our Help Center article

You can view, clear, or choose to auto-delete your location history in Your Data in YouTube.

How YouTube may use your personal information

Your personal information includes information like your name and photo. You can decide what personal information you make visible to others across Google services by managing personal information in your Google Account.

YouTube does not sell your personal information

We do not sell your personal information to anyone. We use the information we collect to customize our services for you, including providing recommendations, personalizing search results, and serving relevant ads. While these ads help fund our services and make them free for everyone, your personal information is not for sale.

How YouTube may use content, such as videos and photos, that you choose to upload

Only content that you decide to upload is stored by YouTube and linked to your YouTube channel. Who gets to see this content is based on video privacy settings that you choose. Based on your video privacy settings, content that you have uploaded can be made visible or recommended to other viewers. Learn more about how to change your video privacy settings here. Learn more about how to manage and edit content using YouTube Studio on Desktop or Mobile here

What happens to your content and associated data after you delete a video 

If you choose to delete a video from YouTube, that video will be permanently deleted -- it cannot be recovered later and that video will no longer be searchable within YouTube. Data associated with the video, such as watch time, will still be part of aggregate reports. Learn more about how to manage and edit content using YouTube Studio on Desktop or Mobile here. Learn more about how to delete and replace videos here.   

What happens when you delete your YouTube channel

At any time, you can choose to close or delete your YouTube channel. This will permanently delete your content, including all videos, comments, messages, and playlists, and you will no longer be able to comment or publish content.

Please see our Privacy Policy for more details on how we use data on YouTube and across Google.

 

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