Effective Date: September 7, 2019
Information Google Collects
We collect information to provide better Services to all our users. When you’re signed in, we collect information that we store with your Google account.
Things You Create or Provide to Us
When you create a Google account, submit or access Content (as defined in the Terms of Service) or otherwise use the Services, you provide us with personal information that includes your name and a password. You may also provide your mailing address and home/mobile phone number, or other personal information.
Why Google Collects Information
Google uses the information we collect for the following purposes:
Provide Our Services
We use your information to deliver our Services, like providing you access to the Fusion Tables Archive Tool and to create archives of your tables and support map visualizations of such archives. For example is that we use unique identifiers stored in cookies on your device to help us authenticate you as the person who should have access to your Google account.
Maintain & Improve Our Services
We also use your information to ensure our Services are working as intended, such as tracking outages or troubleshooting issues that you report to us. For example, we continuously monitor our systems to look for problems. And if we find something wrong with a specific feature, reviewing activity information collected before the problem started allows us to fix things more quickly.
And we use your information to make improvements to our Services – for example, to understand and analyze the usage trends and preferences of our Google account members and to improve the way the Services work and look.
We use data for analytics and measurement to understand how our Services are used. For example, we analyze data about your visits to our sites to do things like optimize product design, monitor and analyze the operation and effectiveness of the Services and related activities, and monitor aggregate site usage metrics such as total number of visitors and pages viewed. We use a variety of tools to do this, including Google Analytics. Google Analytics relies on first-party cookies, which means the cookies are set by Google. You can opt-out from Google Analytics by clicking here.
Communicate with You
We use the information we collect, like your email address, to interact with you directly. For example, we may send you a notification if we detect suspicious activity on your account, or we may let you know about upcoming changes or improvements to our Services. We will also use your email address to contact you to address intellectual property infringement, rights of privacy, or defamation issues; or regarding Content. And if you contact Google, we’ll keep a record of your request to help solve any issues you might be facing.
Protect Google, Our Users, and the Public
We use information to help improve the safety and reliability of our Services. This includes detecting, preventing, and responding to fraud, abuse, security risks, and technical issues that could harm Google, our users, or the public. For example, we collect and analyze IP addresses and cookie data to protect against automated abuse. This abuse can take many forms, such as sending spam to Google users or launching a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack.
When we detect spam, malware, illegal content, and other forms of abuse on our systems in violation of our policies, we may disable your account or take other appropriate action. In certain circumstances, we may also report the violation to appropriate authorities.
Managing and Deleting Your Information
Managing, Reviewing, and Updating Your Information
When you’re signed into your Google account, you can always review and update information by visiting your account profile.
Exporting, Removing & Deleting Your Information
You can export a copy of content in your Google account if you want to back it up or use it with a service outside of Google by contacting us here. You may update, correct, or delete your profile information and preferences at any time by accessing your account settings page or editing your Google account profile through the Services.
You can also delete your Content, visualizations, and maps by using the available tools in our Services. If desired, you can delete your entire Google account by choosing that option in your account settings page.
Information Retained Until You Remove It
As we have described above, you can delete your entire Google account or selectively delete your discussion posts, uploaded datasets, and kernels by using the available tools in our Services. In some cases, rather than provide a way to delete data, we store it for a predetermined period of time. For each type of data, we set retention timeframes based on the reason for its collection.
Information Retained For Extended Time Periods for Limited Purposes
Sometimes business and legal requirements require us to retain certain information for specific purposes for an extended period of time. For example, when you submit an entry in a competition, we may retain this information for a longer period of time to guard against cheating, for example, or for legal purposes. Reasons we might retain some data for longer periods of time include:
Security, fraud & abuse prevention
Complying with legal or regulatory requirements
Ensuring the continuity of our services
Enabling Safe and Complete Deletion
When you delete data in your Google account, we immediately start the process of removing it from the product and our systems. First, we aim to immediately remove it from view. For example, if you delete a post you made, we will immediately remove that from the public-facing Services website.
We then begin a process designed to safely and completely delete the data from our storage systems. Safe deletion is important to protect our users and customers from accidental data loss. Complete deletion of data from our servers is equally important for users’ peace of mind. This process generally takes around 2 months from the time of deletion. This often includes up to a month-long recovery period in case the data was removed unintentionally.
Each of our storage systems from which data gets deleted has its own detailed process for safe and complete deletion. This might involve repeated passes through the system to confirm all data has been deleted, or brief delays to allow for recovery from mistakes. As a result, deletion could sometimes take longer when extra time is needed to safely and completely delete the data.
Our services also use encrypted backup storage as another layer of protection to help recover from potential disasters. Data can remain on these systems for up to 6 months.
As with any deletion process, things like routine maintenance, unexpected outages, bugs, or failures in our protocols may cause delays in the processes and timeframes defined in this article. We maintain systems designed to detect and remediate such issues.
When Google Shares Your Information
We are not in the business of selling your information. We do, however, disclose your personal information in connection with developing and maintaining the Services. We share your personal information in the following cases:
With your consent
We’ll share personal information outside of Google when we have your consent.
For external processing
For legal reasons
We will share personal information outside of Google if we have a good-faith belief that access, use, preservation, or disclosure of the information is reasonably necessary to:
Meet any applicable law, regulation, legal process, or enforceable governmental request.
Detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, abuse, security, or technical issues.
Protect against harm to the rights, property or safety of Google or our affiliates, our users, or the public as required or permitted by law.
Protect the security or integrity of the Services and to protect or enforce third party rights.
We may share non-personally identifiable information publicly and with our partners — like publishers, advertisers, developers, or rights holders. For example, we share information publicly to show trends about the general use of our Services.
Our Commitment to Children’s Privacy
Protecting the privacy of children is especially important. For that reason, Google does not knowingly collect or maintain personal information from persons under 13 years old, and no part of the Services is directed to persons under 13. IF YOU ARE UNDER 13 YEARS OF AGE, PLEASE DO NOT USE OR ACCESS THE SERVICES AT ANY TIME OR IN ANY MANNER.
If Google learns that personal information of children under 13 years old has been collected on the Services without verifiable parental consent, then Google will take the appropriate steps to delete this information. If you are a parent or guardian and discover that your child under the age of 13 has obtained a user account on the Services, then you may alert Google at Google Support and request that Google delete that child’s personal information from its systems. If you are between the ages of 13 and 16 years old, you may not use the Services until Google has received verifiable parental consent for your use of the Services. More information on the parental consent process can be found at Google Support.
Your information may be processed on servers located outside of the country where you live. Data protection laws vary among countries, with some providing more protection than others. Regardless of where your information is processed, we apply the same protections described in this policy. We transfer your personal data from the European Union to the United States in accordance with standard contractual clauses we entered into. The standard contractual clauses can be read here.
When we receive formal written complaints, we respond by contacting the person who made the complaint. We work with the appropriate regulatory authorities, including local data protection authorities, to resolve any complaints regarding the transfer of your data that we cannot resolve with you directly.
If European Union (EU) data protection law applies to the processing of your information, you can exercise your right to request access to, update, remove, and restrict the processing of your information. You also have the right to object to the processing of your information or export your information to another service. Please visit Google Support to exercise these rights.
If you have any questions, you may contact our data protection office at data-protection-office@Google.com. If you have concerns regarding your rights under local law, you can contact your local data protection authority. Google has appointed Google Ireland Ltd. to act as its local representative under Article 27 of the EU General Data Protection Regulation. Google Ireland Ltd.’s address is Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland.
We process your information for the purposes described in this policy, based on the following legal grounds:
With your consent
We ask for your agreement to process your information for specific purposes and you have the right to withdraw your consent at any time. You can manage these settings in your Google account.
When we’re pursuing legitimate interests
We process your information for our legitimate interests while applying appropriate safeguards that protect your privacy. This means that we process your information for things like:
Providing, maintaining, and improving our Services to meet the needs of our users
Understanding how people use our Services to ensure and improve the performance of our Services
Providing advertising to make many of our Services freely available for users
Detecting, preventing, or otherwise addressing fraud, abuse, security, or technical issues with our Services
Protecting against harm to the rights, property or safety of Google, our users, or the public as required or permitted by law
Performing research that improves our Services for our users and benefits the public
Google Contact Information
Specific Contact Emails:
General Privacy: firstname.lastname@example.org
Data Protection Office: email@example.com