Google’s new Terms and Conditions from today: What does it mean for users?

New terms and conditions of Google are coming into effect from 31 March and the company has been alerting its users about the changes by sending details in the mail. According to the published policies, a total of four changes are being made, which claims to improve readability and communication for users (in terms of language).

Apart from this, Google is also covering its other products like Drive and Chrome, but no changes are expected in its privacy policies. All these are unlikely to make a big difference for end-users.

In an alert sent to its users, Google said, “We are updating our terms of service. Get to know our new rules before they go into effect on 31 March 2020 ”

It is likely that these amendments are being implemented after several data-related incidents have surfaced in the last few years and the European Union has besieged the company.

Emphasizing the need for these changes, Google said, “These changes reflect an evolving regulatory environment as well as our current efforts to simplify how we communicate with users”.

Changes to Google’s Terms and Conditions

  • Better readability: While our terms remain a legal document, we have done our best to make them easier to understand by adding links to useful information and providing definitions.
  • Better communication: We have clearly explained when we will make changes to our services (such as adding or removing a feature) and when we will restrict or terminate the access of a user. When a change negatively affects your experience of our services, we will do our best to inform you.
  • Adding Google Chrome, Google Chrome OS and Google Drive to the Terms: Our improved terms now cover Google Chrome, Google Chrome OS and Google Drive, which also have service specification terms and policies that help you understand those services Which are unique.
  • No change in our privacy policy: We are not making any change in Google privacy policy and we have not made any change in the behavior of your information. As a reminder, you can always go to your Google account to review your privacy settings and how your data is used.

How will your privacy be affected?

Google says that it is not making any changes in the privacy policy, but it is giving users the option to monitor the data accumulated by the company and remove things if necessary.

Interestingly, Google is giving people a chance to not accept these terms and conditions and prevent them from using any of their platforms. Google has mentioned here, “If you do not agree to the new terms, you should remove your content and stop using the services.”

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