Google will no longer allow ads that encourage users to spy on people


In its update, Google enables dishonest behavior policy an ad policy update and they will be applicable from August 11.

Google has announced that it will no longer allow ads on its platform that sell products that sell products or services which that track or monitor people without taking your authorization.

In its update, Google enables dishonest behavior policy an ad policy update and they 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 also said that it will not encourage any spying or monitoring devices without consent or authorization. However, Google adds that this policy will not apply to private investigation services or products or services which are designed for parents to track their underage children.

Apart from this, Google will also stop advertising products that will include spyware/malware that can be used to monitor texts, phone calls, or browsing history, GPS trackers which are specifically marketed to spy or track someone without the consent of the user. 

Not only this,  Google will also stop the promotion of surveillance equipment and this includes cameras, audio recorders, dash cams, nanny cams marketed with the express purpose of spying.

As per a research group in 2018 which was conducted on the “ecosystem of intimate partner surveillance spyware”. The study went on to add that Google ads had search terms with the intention of spying or conducting surveillance, as per CNBC. 

These ads come with marketing tools that were intended to spy on user’s spouses. Some of these ads read, “How to catch a cheating spouse with his cell phone” and “Track My Wife’s Phone — Want to Spy on your Wife? Track your Wife without her knowing. Discover Who Are They messaging. Download! 24-Hour Support Price Superiority No Jailbreaking and App Results Guaranteed.”

“We routinely update our language with examples to help clarify what we consider policy-violating. Spyware technology for partner surveillance was always in the scope of our policies against dishonest behavior,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement.

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