Family Link Disclosure for Parents
At Google, your trust is a priority for us and we know that allowing your child to have their own Google Account can be a big decision. This Family Link Disclosure for Parents (“Disclosure”) provides important information you should consider when deciding whether to unlock the doors to the broad ecosystem of Google services. For example, we explain our data collection and use practices for your child’s Google Account in the Privacy Notice for Google Accounts Managed with Family Link section below. Once you create your child’s Google Account, it will be added to your family on Google and you’ll be able to use Family Link’s tools to help you manage the account.
Your Child's Google Account
Keep in mind that your child’s Google Account will be like your own and offers access to many of Google’s products and services, including general audience services that you may use yourself, such as Chrome, Search, Gmail, Google Play, Hangouts, Google Assistant, and YouTube (ages 13+ only). Most of these products and services have not been designed or tailored for children, and your child may use them to communicate with others or to find content that you consider inappropriate.
Your child will be able to use their account to do things like:
- Access and search the internet;
- Send and receive emails, chat messages, video and voice calls;
- Subject to the Google Play approval settings for their account, purchase and download apps and games, music, movies, books, and other content available on Google Play, as well as make in-app purchases; and
- Create, view, share, and receive content, including photos, videos, audio, notes, presentations, documents, and more, some of which may be shared publicly.
As explained in the Privacy Notice for Google Accounts Managed with Family Link below, Google will not serve personalized ads to your child, but your child will still see ads while using Google’s services.
Tools for Parents
After you create your child’s account, you can use Family Link to help you do things like:
- Approve your child’s downloads and purchases from Google Play and limit the visibility of content in the Google Play Store based on maturity ratings;
- Manage settings such as SafeSearch for Google Search;
- Review your child’s app permissions on Android, such as microphone, camera, location, and contacts access;
- Change the content filtering setting and turn search on or off in the YouTube Kids app;
- Reset your child’s Google Account password;
- Set screen time limits on your child’s Android devices;
- See the location of your child’s signed-in and active Android devices;
- Manage the activity settings for your child’s Google Account; and
- Allow a second family member to exercise most of the same controls you have over your child’s account.
These tools can help you set digital ground rules for your family. Some Family Link settings are modifiable on the web, but you’ll need the Family Link app to access the full set of tools. For example, you must download the Family Link app to use features for your child’s Android device like screen time limits or app activity. Please keep in mind these tools have limitations and may require certain settings or circumstances in order to work. For example, you won’t be able to see your child’s device location in the Family Link app, unless the device is on, connected to the internet, and recently active. Additionally, filters like SafeSearch and Chrome website restrictions are not perfect, so explicit, graphic, or other content you may not want your child to see makes it through sometimes.
Google Play Parental Controls & Purchase Approvals
Your child will be able to browse a wide variety of content in the Google Play Store, including titles for apps, movies, books, and music. You should review and adjust your child’s Google Play settings based on what you think is right for them. Keep in mind, these settings depend on maturity ratings provided by third parties that can be incomplete or improperly assigned, so your child may still see listings for content that you consider inappropriate regardless of the settings you choose.
By default, you must review and approve your child’s purchases and downloads. Your child may request content that is designed or intended for more mature audiences, or share information and communicate with others using third-party apps installed on their device, so you should use your discretion when deciding what to approve. For example, they can share photos or videos through third-party apps. Regardless of the approval settings you choose for your child's purchases and downloads, you won't be asked to provide approval in some instances, such as if your child: re-downloads an app or other content; installs an update to an app (even an update that adds content or asks for additional data or permissions); or downloads shared content from your Google Play Family Library.
You can block apps so that they are no longer accessible on your child’s Android device by tapping the “Apps” card in Family Link, selecting the app you want to block and toggling “Allow App” to off. The App will then be hidden, but not deleted from your child’s device, unless you unblock it. If you delete or uninstall an app from your child’s device, your child will be able to reinstall it without additional approval. You can also use Family Link to review the app permissions for your child’s apps.
Privacy Notice for Google Accounts Managed with Family Link (“Privacy Notice”)
This Privacy Notice does not apply to the practices of any third party (non-Google) apps, actions or websites that your child may use. You should review the applicable terms and policies for third party apps, actions, and sites to determine their appropriateness for your child, including their data collection and use practices.
Information We Collect
Information you and your child create or provide to us
For example, when you create a Google Account for your child, we’ll ask for personal information about them, like their first and last name, email address, and birthdate. We also collect the content your child creates, upload, or receives from others when using our services, like when your child sends or receives an email, saves a picture or video in Google Photos, or creates a document in Google Drive.
Information we get from your child’s use of our services
We automatically collect and store certain information about the services your child uses and how your child uses them, like when your child enters a query in Google Search, talks to the Google Assistant, or watches a video on YouTube Kids. This information includes:
Your child’s apps, browsers & devices
We collect information about the apps, browsers, and devices your child uses to access Google services, including unique identifiers, browser type and settings, device type and settings, operating system, mobile network information including carrier name and phone number, and application version number. We also collect information about the interaction of your child’s apps, browsers, and devices with our services, including IP address, crash reports, system activity, and the date, time, and referrer URL of your child’s request. We collect this information when a Google service on your child’s device contacts our servers, for example, when they install an app from the Play Store.
Your child’s activity
We collect information about your child’s activity in our services, which we use to do things like recommend apps they might like on Google Play. Your child’s activity information that we collect may include things like search terms, videos they watch, voice and audio information when they use audio features, people with whom they communicate or share content, and Chrome browsing history they’ve synced with their Google Account. If your child uses our services to make and receive calls or send and receive messages, for example by using Google Hangouts, we may collect telephony log information like their phone number, calling-party number, receiving-party number, forwarding numbers, time and date of calls and messages, duration of calls, routing information, and types of calls. Your child can visit their Google Account to find and manage activity information that’s saved in their account and you can also manage their activity information by signing in to your child’s Google Account.
Your child’s location information
We collect information about your child’s location when they use our services. Your child’s location can be determined by using GPS, IP address, sensor data from their device, and information about things near their device, such as Wi-Fi access points, cell towers, and Bluetooth-enabled devices. The types of location data we collect depends in part on your child’s device and account settings.
Your child’s voice & audio information
We may collect your child’s voice and audio information. For example, if your child uses audio activation commands (e.g., “OK, Google” or touching the microphone icon), a recording of the following speech/audio, plus a few seconds before, will be stored to their account from any of your child’s signed-in devices, when the Voice & Audio Activity setting is enabled.
We use various technologies to collect and store your child’s information, including cookies, pixel tags, local storage, such as browser web storage or application data caches, databases, and server logs.
We do not require your child to provide more personal information than is reasonably necessary to use the Google products and services available for these accounts.
How We Use Information We Collect
We use different technologies to process your child’s information for these purposes. We use automated systems that analyze your child’s content to provide them with things like customized search results or other features tailored to how they use our services. And we analyze your child’s content to help us detect abuse such as spam, malware, and illegal content. We also use algorithms to recognize patterns in data. When we detect spam, malware, illegal content, and other forms of abuse on our systems in violation of our policies, we may disable their account or take other appropriate action. In certain circumstances, we may also report the violation to appropriate authorities.
We may use your child’s information to provide recommendations, personalized content, and customized search results. For example, depending on your child’s settings, Google Play may use information, like apps your child has installed, to suggest new apps they might like.
In addition, we may combine the information we collect among our services and across your child’s devices for the purposes described above. Depending on your child’s account settings, their activity on other sites and apps may be associated with their personal information in order to improve Google’s services.
Google will not serve personalized ads to your child, which means ads will not be based on information from your child’s account. Instead, ads may be based on information like the content of the website or app your child is viewing, the current search query, or general location (such as city or state). When browsing the web or using non-Google apps, your child may encounter ads served by other (non-Google) ad providers, including ads personalized by third parties.
Information Your Child Can Share
Your child will be able to share information, including photos, videos, audio, and location, publicly and with others, when signed in with their Google Account. When your child shares information publicly, it may be accessible through search engines like Google Search.
Information Google Shares
Information we collect may be shared outside of Google in limited circumstances. We do not share personal information with companies, organizations, and individuals outside of Google except in the following cases:
We will share personal information with companies, organizations or individuals outside of Google with consent (as applicable).
With your family group
Your child’s information, including their name, photo, email address, and Play purchases, may be shared with members of your family group on Google.
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;
- enforce applicable Terms of Service, including investigation of potential violations;
- detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues; or
- protect against harm to the rights, property or safety of Google, our users, or the public as required or permitted by law.
We may also 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. We also allow specific partners to collect information from browsers or devices for advertising and measurement purposes using their own cookies or similar technologies.
If your child is signed into YouTube Kids with their Google Account, this Privacy Notice applies. If your child is not signed into YouTube Kids with their Google Account, the YouTube Kids Privacy Notice applies.
Access to Your Child’s Personal Information
You can also use the Family Link app or Family Link settings on the web to edit or modify your child’s Google Account information, review app activity and app permissions, and, if your child’s device is running Android 6.0 or higher, manage your child’s ability to grant certain permissions to apps to do things like access information from your child’s Android device (such as location, microphone, and contacts). You can also use Family Link to help manage your child’s access to certain features, apps, and services on Android.
If at any time you wish to stop further collection or use of your child's information, you can delete your child’s Google Account my clicking “Delete account” on your child’s Account Info page in Family Link or on the Family group page in My Account. Your child’s account information will be permanently deleted within a reasonable period of time.
When Your Child Can Manage Their Account on Their Own
When your child turns 13 (or the relevant age as determined by applicable law in your jurisdiction), they are eligible to manage their account on their own. If your child chooses to manage their Google Account, you will no longer have access to, or be able to exercise control over it, with Family Link. Before your child becomes eligible to manage their own Google Account, we will notify you and your child.
If you have any questions about your child’s Google Account, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here to help. You can find additional information about Family Link and your child’s Google Account in our help center. You can also send us feedback about Family Link or your child’s Google Account in the Family Link app by tapping Menu ☰ > Help & Feedback > Send feedback, or by contacting us by email or at the address below.
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View, CA 94043 USA
Phone: +1 855 696 1131 (USA)
For other countries, visit g.co/ContactFamilyLinkHelp
If you have questions about how Google collects and uses your child’s data, you can contact Google and our data protection office. You can also contact your local data protection authority if you have concerns regarding your rights under local law.