Comply with EU user consent policy

Under Google’s updated EU User Consent Policy, you must make certain disclosures to your users in the European Economic Area (EEA) and the UK and obtain their consent for the use of cookies or other local storage where legally required, and for the collection, sharing, and use of personal data for ads personalization.

This policy reflects the requirements of the EU ePrivacy Directive and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

To support publishers in meeting their duties under this policy, Google offers the ad serving options described below for users in the EEA and the UK. If you don’t make any changes as described below, the commonly used set of ad technology providers will continue to be used.

The EEA includes the European Union member states and Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway.

Get started

  1. Sign in to your AdSense account.
  2. Click Blocking controls and then Content and then All sites and then EU user consent.The “EU user consent” page appears. Update the settings for the sections on this page as described below.

Note that these settings only apply to AdSense for content. For AdSense for search settings, see Ads personalization settings in Google’s publisher ad tags.

Select the type of ads you want to show

You can choose to serve non-personalized ads to all of your users in the EEA and the UK using the “Non-personalized ads” setting below. However, if you want to give each of your users a choice between personalized and non-personalized ads, select “Personalized ads” and follow the instructions for serving non-personalized ads on a per-request basis.

Personalized ads

Google can continue to show personalized ads as well as non-personalized ads to your users in the EEA and the UK. This is the setting that will be used unless you make a change on this page.

Personalized ads reach users based on their interests, demographics, and other criteria. Because ad technology providers may collect, receive, and use personal data from users in personalized ads, you must clearly identify all such ad technology providers when you obtain user consent for the collection, sharing, and use of personal data for ad personalization.

Non-personalized ads

Google will show all your users in the EEA and the UK non-personalized ads only.

Non-personalized ads are targeted using contextual information rather than the past behavior of a user. Although these ads don’t use cookies for ads personalization, they do use cookies to allow for frequency capping, aggregated ad reporting, and to combat fraud and abuse. Consent is therefore required to use cookies for those purposes from users in countries to which the EU ePrivacy Directive’s cookie provisions apply.

If you already opted out of personalized advertising, you should still select the Non-personalized ads option here to ensure that only non-personalized ads are shown. Google will apply the more restrictive settings.

Select ad technology providers (for personalized ads)

To help with compliance under Google’s updated EU User Consent Policy, you have the option to select your preferred ad technology providers from a list of companies that have provided us with information about their compliance with the GDPR – all of whom also have to comply with our data usage policy to ensure publisher data is protected.

If you select these ad technology providers (including Google and other ad networks and vendors), they may use data about your users for the purposes of ad personalization and measurement.

  1. Click Download a CSV with revenue data to help you choose which ad technology providers to select.
    Note: The revenue data for ad technology providers are approximate and overlaps; multiple ad technology providers can be involved in a single impression. In those cases, the revenue impact is double-counted across multiple rows.
  2. Choose a commonly used set of ad technology providers or create a custom set:
    • Commonly used set of ad technology providers: This is the setting that will be used unless you make a change on this page.
    • Custom set of ad technology providers: Select your preferred ad technology providers.
  3. Clearly identify the providers you select for your users, and obtain users’ consent in line with Google’s EU User Consent Policy.

You could do this by listing your chosen ad technology providers in a consent flow, or listing your chosen providers on a separate page of your site to which you direct your users from a consent flow.

In either case, to comply with Google’s EU User Consent Policy, you should link to the details provided by each provider that describes their activities. You will find the relevant URLs in the CSV files that are available (either for your customized list or for the commonly-used provider’s list).

Set up consent gathering

You can create your own consent dialog that displays a message on your site(s) asking your users in the EEA and the UK for consent. Learn more about passing consent signals to AdSense.For more information and help with EU user consent, see our GDPR troubleshooter.

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