Saturday, March 14, 2009

AdSense webmasters told to update privacy policies

Google has just sent webmasters who use Google's AdSense a notice suggesting that privacy policies need to be updated because the ad service is going to be much more targeted. Here's what landed in my inbox:


We're writing to let you know about the upcoming launch of interest-based advertising, which will require you to review and make any necessary changes to your site's privacy policies. You'll also see some new options on your Account Settings page.

Interest-based advertising will allow advertisers to show ads based on a user's previous interactions with them, such as visits to advertiser website and also to reach users based on their interests (e.g. "sports enthusiast"). To develop interest categories, we will recognize the types of web pages users visit throughout the Google content network. As an example, if they visit a number of sports pages, we will add them to the "sports enthusiast" interest category. To learn more about your associated account settings, please visit the AdSense Help Center at

As a result of this announcement, your privacy policy will now need to reflect the use of interest-based advertising. Please review the information at to ensure that your site's privacy policies are up-to-date, and make any necessary changes by April 8, 2009. Because publisher sites and laws vary across countries, we're unfortunately unable to suggest specific privacy policy language.

For more information about interest-based advertising, you can also visit the Inside AdSense Blog at

We appreciate your participation and look forward to this upcoming enhancement.


The Google AdSense Team

Here's more information, from Google, about the AdSense and privacy: Google Advertising Cookie and Privacy Policies - AdSense Help.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Google does let web site owners opt out of the program. It would be nice if someone developed a logo to put on a page to indicate that it's not a participant.