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YouTube updates terms on facial data collection, monetisation, and tax on US earnings

YouTube on Wednesday notified its non-US users that it is updating its Terms of Service on the collection of facial recognition data, the company's right to monetize, and tax-withholding on US earnings. The new terms will take effect on 1 June 2021 for users outside the US. YouTube notified a similar update to US users in November 2020. What are the changes? 1. Facial recognition restrictions: Although the terms already state that you cannot collect any information that might identify a person without their permission, it did not specifically mention facial recognition information. The updated terms make that explicitly clear. 2. YouTube's right to monetise non-partners: YouTube has clarified that it has the right to monetise all content on the platform by showing ads on videos from channels that are not in the YouTube Partner Programme (YPP) as well. Previously, creators had to join YPP in order to allow ads to be served on their channel and these creators earned a certain share of the ad revenue. To join YPP, creators must have either 4,000 valid public watch hours in the last 12 months or more than 1,000 subscribers. But now ads can be shown on channels that are not part of YPP, and the creators will not earn any share of the ad revenue from this. 3. Royalty payments and tax withholding: Revenue payments from Google to creators on earnings generated from US viewers will be considered royalties from a US tax perspective, and Google will withhold taxes on these earnings as required by law.…

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