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Now Google bans ads for products and services that track or monitor people

Now Google bans ads for products and services that track or monitor people

Google in its update to enabling dishonest behaviour policy an ad policy update said that this will be applicable from August 11. “The updated policy will prohibit the promotion of products or services that are marketed or targeted with the express purpose of tracking or monitoring another person or their activities without their authorization,” Google said.

Google in its ad policy has emphasised that it will not encourage any sort of spying or monitoring devices without the consent or authorisation. However, Google also said that this policy will not apply to private investigation services or products or services designed for parents to track or monitor their underage children. Other than for purposes stated above Google will stop advertising products that will include spyware/malware that can be used to monitor texts, phone calls, or browsing history, GPS trackers specifically marketed to spy or track someone without their consent.

Google will also stop the promotion of surveillance equipment which includes cameras, audio recorders, dash cams, nanny cams marketed with the express purpose of spying. A research group in 2018 conducted a study on the "ecosystem of intimate partner surveillance spyware". The study found that many Google ads had search terms with the intention of spying or conducting surveillance, CNBC noted. Read More...

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