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Youtube is a video-sharing service provided by Google. The service enables the sharing of video material publicly or privately through a link. Watching videos does not require registration, but in order to upload or comment videos a Google account is needed.

Terms of Service & Privacy Policy

Evaluation (2 Feb 2017)

  • Google has unified the majority of its services (Gmail, Google Drive, Google+, YouTube) under a single Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.
  • Google collects vast amounts of information of the users which it uses to tailor advertising to single specific users. The collected information includes device information, log information, location information, unique application numbers, local storage and cookies. With the use of cookies, Google also tracks users on other websites.
  • Registration asks to input first name, last name, birthday and gender in addition to creating the username and password.
  • (plus) The users retains ownership of any intellectual property rights to uploaded content.
  • (plus) Notices of changes are posted by at least 14 days in advance.
  • (plus) If a service is discontinued, “reasonable advance notice and a chance to get information out of that Service”.
  • (minus) Google receives a license to use all uploaded content in current and future services. This license continues even if you stop using the service.
  • (minus) Google collects vast amounts of information of the users.
  • (minus) Google tracks users on other websites.
  • (minus) Google can share personal information with the consent of the user. Google can also share or publish aggregated data that does not identify a person.
  • (minus) Google may stop providing services at any time.


  • Streaming videos does not require an account. When uploading content and commenting, a Google account is required.



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