Privacy Notice for audio collection from children’s features on Google Assistant

We want to help parents understand how we collect voice and audio information when people engage with children’s features, like Assistant for Families Actions or YouTube Kids videos, through Google Assistant. In addition to the information provided in the Google Privacy Policy, this Privacy Notice also applies to the use of these features on Google Assistant.

Children under the applicable age in their country whose parents have created their Google Account with Family Link can link their accounts to most Google Assistant-enabled devices. The ‘Include audio recordings’ option under the Web & App Activity setting controls whether voice and audio recordings are stored to your Google Account when you use your voice to interact with Assistant. This option is off by default when creating a Google Account, and is not required to use your Assistant. If your child’s ‘Include audio recordings’ option under the Web & App Activity setting is ticked, when they interact with Assistant on a signed-in device, a recording of their interaction, plus a few seconds before, may be stored with their account.

If you created a new account for your child with Family Link, you can access, update, remove and export your child’s audio recordings by signing in to their Google Account. If you do not remember your child’s password, you can reset it through the Family Link app or via Family Link settings on the web. Once signed in, you can use the various controls described in the Google Privacy Policy (such as Google activity controls) to manage your child’s audio recording settings and the audio recordings stored with their account, including to delete any activity stored in their account.

If your child created their own account prior to the change of the minimum required age in your country, and you later granted permission for your child to keep their account, you may need your child’s permission to reset their password or sign in to their account.

If you interact with children’s features – like Assistant for Families Actions or YouTube Kids videos – on Google Assistant without a Google Account managed with Family Link that has opted in to include audio recordings, we will only briefly collect voice and audio recordings of those interactions. This information is processed to allow for use of the audio feature so that we can fulfil the interaction. The recording is then immediately deleted.

Last modified: 2 September 2021