Privacy Policy

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Google respects and protects the privacy of the individuals that use Google’s search engine services (“Google Search Services”). Individually identifiable information about you is not willfully disclosed to any third party without first receiving your permission, as explained in this privacy policy (“Privacy Policy”).

At Google, we strive to develop innovative services to better serve our users. We recognize that privacy is an important issue, so we design and operate our services with the protection of your privacy in mind. This Privacy Policy outlines the types of personal information we gather when you use Google’s services, as well as some of the steps we take to safeguard it.

The following principles apply to the personally identifying information we ask for and that you provide. “Personally identifying information” is information that individually identifies you, such as your name, physical address or email address. You can find more details about the data we collect on particular services by clicking the links on the side of this page.

Data collection

Google and Cookies

Upon your first visit to Google, Google sends a “cookie” a cookie is sent to your computer that uniquely identifies your browser. A cookie is a piece of data that identifies you as a unique user. A “cookie” is a small file containing a string of characters that is sent to your computer when you visit a website. Google uses We use cookies to improve the quality of our service and to better understand our user base more how people interact with us. Google does this by storing user preferences in cookies and by tracking user trends and patterns of how people search. Google will not disclose its cookies to third parties except as required by a valid legal process such as a search warrant, subpoena, statute, or court order.

Most browsers are initially set up to accept cookies. You can reset your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. Be aware, however, that some parts of the Google Search Service may not function properly if you refuse cookies. However, some Google features or services may not function properly without cookies.

What Information Do We Collect? Information sharing

Google does not collect any unique information about you (such as your name, email address, etc.) except when you specifically and knowingly provide such information. Google notes and saves information such as time of day, browser type, browser language, and IP address with each query. That information is used to verify our records and to provide more relevant services to users. For example, Google may use your IP address or browser language to determine which language to use when showing search results or advertisements.

Information security

Updating your information

Links to Other Sites

The sites displayed as search results or linked to by Google Search Services Google’s services are developed by people over whom Google exercises no control. Other links, such as those for the Google-friends mailing list archive, are also on sites not controlled by Google. These other sites may send place their own cookies to users on your computer, collect data, or solicit personal information. Google may choose to exhibit its search results in the form of a “URL redirecter.” When Google uses a URL redirecter, if you click on a URL from a search result, information about the click is sent to Google, and Google in turn sends you to the site you clicked on. Google uses this URL Google may present links in a format that enables us to understand whether they have been followed. We use this information to understand and improve the quality of Google’s search technology. For instance, Google uses this information to this data helps us determine how often users are satisfied with the first result of a query and how often they proceed to later results.

With Whom Does Google Share Information?

Google may share information about you with advertisers, business partners, sponsors, and other third parties. However, we only divulge aggregate information about our users and will not share personally identifiable information with any third party without your express consent. For example, we may disclose how frequently the average Google user visits Google, or which other query words are most often used with the query word “Linux.” Please be aware, however, that we will release specific personal information about you if required to do so in order to comply with any valid legal process such as a search warrant, subpoena, statute, or court order.

Your consent and changes to the Privacy Policy Changes to this Policy

By using the Google Search Services and our web site, you consent to the collection and use of your information as we have outlined in this policy and to our Terms of Service Policy. Google may decide to change this Please note this Privacy Policy will change from time to time. We expect most such changes to be minor, but there may be changes that are more significant. When we do, Regardless, we will post those changes on this page so that you are always aware of the information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances we disclose it and, if the changes are significant, we will also provide a more prominent notice. Each version will be noted at the top of the page. Prior versions of this Privacy Policy will be kept in an archive for you to view.

Who can I ask if I have additional questions?

Feel If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact us any time and we’ll answer any additional questions you may have. Our email address is help@google.com.

For more information about our practices regarding specific information or services that are not covered in this Privacy Policy, click on the links to the side of this page.