Privacy Notice for Voice and Audio Collection from Children’s Features on the 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 the 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 the 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 voice and 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 ask the Assistant a question. This option is off by default when creating a Google account, and is not required to use the Assistant. If your child’s "Include voice and audio recordings" option under the Web & App Activity setting is checked, when they interact with the 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 voice and audio information by signing into 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 voice and audio activity settings and the voice and audio information 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 the Assistant without a Google Account Managed with Family Link, we briefly collect voice and audio recordings of those interactions. This information is processed to allow for use of the audio feature, so we can fulfill the interaction, and immediately deleted.

Last modified: October 2, 2019