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Google Video Player Privacy Notice

January 6, 2006

The Google Privacy Policy describes how we treat personal information when you use Google's products and services, including information provided when you use the Google Video Player. The following are our privacy practices that are specific to the Google Video Player.

Personal information

  • You can download free videos from Google Video without having a Google Account or providing account information to Google.
  • You need a Google Account to purchase content to play on the Google Video Player. Google asks for some personal information when you create a Google Account, including a user ID and a password, which is used to protect your account from unauthorized access. A Google Account allows you to access many of our services that require registration.
  • Google takes steps to protect copyrighted content by embedding the Google Account information of the person who downloads each copy-protected video, in encrypted form, in the video itself. When you play a copy-protected video, the Player will send this encrypted information to Google, including the identity of the video, to confirm that the copy is authorized.
  • When you download free videos or purchase non-copy-protected videos, no account information will be embedded in the video. Windows-compatible Video Players may contact Google's servers to finalize the download process when you play the video.
  • Google receives standard log information when the Player contacts Google's servers during the download process and when confirming authorization to view copy-protected content.
  • When you buy videos on Google Video, we process the payment and related personal information as described in the Google Account Purchases Privacy Policy

  • In addition to using Account information to protect copyrighted content, we use information about aggregate Video Player usage to improve the quality of the Player and other Google services.

Information sharing and onward transfer

  • We may share aggregate statistics about video downloads and other Google Video Player usage with our business partners. We will not share personally identifying information with these partners or any third parties, except under the narrow circumstances described in the Google Privacy Policy.

Your choices

  • You can terminate your Google Account at any time as described here.

More information

Google adheres to the US Safe Harbor privacy principles. For more information about the Safe Harbor framework or our registration, see the Department of Commerce's web site. Further information about the Google Video Player is available here.
For more information about our privacy practices, go to the full privacy policy. If you have additional questions, please contact us any time. Or write to us at:
Privacy Matters
c/o Google Inc.
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View CA 94043 (USA)

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