Posted by William Denniss, Product Manager, Identity and Authentication
Lavanya Mahendran, Policy Advisor, Google Cloud Platform and Google APIs
Developers have created an exciting ecosystem of mobile and web applications
that offer a seemingly infinite array of features and services for consumers to
utilize. Today you can download applications that offer to increase your
productivity at work, as well as applications that manage your daily expenses or
help you meditate, and many more.
We know that our users love using these applications, and we recognize that
often Google users want to share their data with these applications to
personalize or enhance the experience. Google provides a rich variety of API
services that developers may access, and we provide developers the ability to
request permission directly from our users when they want to access various
categories of user data.
The privacy and security of our users’ data is very important to us, and we’ve
always expected developers to treat Google user data with transparency and
concern for user choice. Among other things, this means that we’ve long expected
developers to get informed consent when they request access to user data, so
that users understand what data they are sharing and how it will be used.
We’re always looking for ways to make our requirements more accessible to
everyone, including our end-users. To that end, we recently published expanded
policy guidelines for developers who wish to access Google user data using our
API services. We hope this guidance will help developers and Google users
interact in a manner that is informed and overall consistent with user
Read the full Google
API Services User Data policy.
We hope that developers and Google users find this policy guidance helpful. We
believe that transparency around the collection and use of Google user data is
necessary to ensure informed user consent, but also that it genuinely fosters a
helpful and productive dialogue between developers and users that ultimately
benefits the entire ecosystem. Google account users can review and manage the
apps and websites connected to their Google account from the My Account