Google Ads Introduces New Policies for Government Documents & Services

Google | March 21, 2020

Google Ads has new policies, going into effect in May, on advertising government documents and official services. Government documents and official services now fall under the ‘other restricted businesses’ policy, which means Google will no longer show ads for them. As stated by Google, this policy applies to the government itself and companies that provide products and services on the government’s behalf.

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Pexip Government Cloud Attains StateRAMP Authorization

PR Newswire | August 07, 2023

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PR Newswire | August 02, 2023

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PRnewswire | August 14, 2023

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