Students Finally Safe From Google’s Ads and Data Collection

google appIt feels good to be a student and on the internet. The latter is a wealth of information and it’s a virtual Pandora’s box for learning – but much less fun if someone is collecting your data or showing you ads. Google finally agrees! In a statement announcing the new policy, Google sheds light on the number of students using its services: 30 millions rely on Google Apps for Education.

Google has not shown ads within the apps, but it was showing them on its search pages. This practice ended last year, and now the company is taking a step towards earning more trust in its vast data collection practices:

  • We’ve permanently removed the “enable/disable” toggle for ads in the Apps for Education Administrator console. This means ads in Apps for Education services are turned off and administrators no longer have the option or ability to turn ads in these services on.
  • We’ve permanently removed all ads scanning in Gmail for Apps for Education, which means Google cannot collect or use student data in Apps for Education services for advertising purposes.


Further, Google Sites using ad-sense will not be able to add more ads, but those that already contain them will remain the same, but they cannot make further edits. This also goes for new sites:

Starting October 10, 2013, it will no longer be possible to modify AdSense ad code on Google Sites pages. However, any ads you’ve previously placed on Google Sites will continue to show, and you’ll be credited for all valid earnings.

No change is required on the part of AdSense users. Any ads that you currently have running will not be altered or removed, though you’ll be free to delete ads yourself. However, it will no longer be possible to edit or add new AdSense ads to your existing Google Sites site or to new pages.


For detailed information about the new policy, visit Google App’s privacy page. If this affects your Google site, we suggest tuning in today for a Hangout session for Q&A:

On Thursday, May 1 at 9:00 am PT, we’ll be hosting a Hangout on Air on our Google for Education G+ page with myself; Jonathan Rochelle, Director of Product Management for Docs and Drive and Hank Thiele, Chief Technology Officer for District 207 in Park Ridge, IL who uses Google Apps. We’ll be discussing these changes and answering your questions. We look forward to hearing from you.