Google Further Tightens Personalized Ad Policies

The longstanding Google policies disallow personalization based on sensitive categories like the race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, national origin or disability

Google has announced to further tighten its ad policies around housing, employment and credit opportunities in order to prohibit advertisers from discriminating against users. The company is introducing a new personalized advertising policy for certain types of ads.

"This policy will prohibit impacted employment, housing, and credit advertisers from targeting or excluding ads based on gender, age, parental status, marital status, or ZIP Code," explained Scott Spencer, Vice President of Product Management, Ads Privacy and Safety.

Google to Tighten Ad policies

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The Google logo is pictured atop an office building in Irvine, California, US August 7, 2017 (Mike Blake/File Photo/Reuters)

This is in addition to the longstanding Google policies prohibiting personalization based on sensitive categories like race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, national origin or disability. "While the changing circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic and business continuity issues for many advertisers make precise timelines difficult, we plan to roll out this update in the US and Canada as soon as possible," Spencer said in a statement on Thursday.

"We also give users control over the kinds of ads they see, including the ability to opt out of seeing any personalized ads. Our ads policies apply to all the ads we serve and if we find ads that violate our policies, we take action," he added.

Google has been working closely with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on these changes for some time. "These changes complement our work with businesses, governments, and community organizations to distribute $1 billion we committed for Bay Area housing," said Google.