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How You Might Lose Your Google AdSense Account

Do you publish Google AdSense ads on your website? If so, do you recall getting a recent email about the privacy changes at Google? I did and I didn’t really pay much attention to it… until today.

I was reminded today (thanks to Jennifer Slegg via Twitter) that today is that last day in which to make your website compliant with Google’s new privacy requirements for AdSense publishers. I know some of you might be saying “but I don’t have a privacy policy” and if that is you, you might want to read the Google AdSense Program Policies which have stated (at least since August of 2008) that and publisher using AdSense must have a privacy policy.

Not having this in place is just one of a host of reasons that Google could ban you or your website from the AdSense program. If you don’t have a privacy policy in place, Jennifer has a sample privacy policy that you can use on your website.

If you are not able to add the privacy policy to one of your sites, ny advice is to remove the AdSense code from that site as it is not worth the risk all of your sites for just one. When Google removes you from their program, there is no coming back (also spelled out in the guidelines).

Have a profitable day!

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6 Responses to “How You Might Lose Your Google AdSense Account”

  • Thanks – going to make sure that my husband got the email for this, as I am not sure at all if we have this policy or not.

  • I see they have in the last line of the adsense policy that there needs to be a privacy policy, but Google itself is at fault, because when using Google adsense for domains, we have no control over the entire page content, and there is no link to a privacy policy in the page genearated through adsense for domains – example here – crowdanswer.com

  • oldschool:

    @ Evita – glad to help.

    @ 49dollarlogo – I am not familiar with Adsense for Domains as I have not used it. I would imagine they have it covered somehow.

    Sorry for the delay in replying. If you didn’t notice this blog was hit with a WordPress “iframe attack” even though it was fully up to date. Go figure. At least I ended up getting a new look and fee out of it 🙂

  • Hey, I was also following Jennifer Slegg and got reminded of the privacy change in Google Adsense. Checked my email and there it was, might have mistook it for junk mail. Anyway, it took me sometime to setup the privacy policy.

  • Is that just a guideline or do they actually enforce it?

  • anon:

    Even if they don’t enforce it now, I doubt anyone should take a chance and see if they will enforce it in the future. Loosing an Adsense account might mean loses of thousands of dollars.

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