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Google Certified CMP Enforcement for AdSense, Ad Manager, and AdMob

Google is about to introduce a significant policy change that will impact publishers who serve ads to users in the EEA and the UK. This change is aimed at enhancing data privacy and ensuring compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requirements.

Effective January 16, 2024, Google is mandating the use of a Google-certified Consent Management Platform (CMP) for publishers utilizing its advertising products, including AdSense, Ad Manager, and AdMob. This mandate extends to Android app developers who monetize their applications through Google’s AdMob platform.

Understanding Consent Management Platform (CMP)

Consent Management Platform (CMP) is specialized tools designed to enable website and app developers to collect and manage user consent concerning data processing activities, particularly in the context of targeted advertising. Under regulations like GDPR, user consent is very important. Publishers are obligated to provide users with transparent and easily comprehensible information about data collection and processing. Users must be given the option to either grant or deny consent for these activities.

The Reason Google Is Imposing This Requirement

Is because of its commitment to ensuring robust data privacy practices. By implementing a CMP, publishers can empower users in the EEA and the UK to have a clear, informed, and autonomous choice, concerning how their personal data is used for advertising purposes.

The Enforcement Timeline

It’s crucial for publishers to be aware of the timeline for Google’s enforcement of this CMP requirement. Enforcement will commence on January 16, 2024, affecting a small percentage of traffic in the EEA and the UK initially. After that, Google will gradually expand this enforcement, with the aim of covering all traffic in these regions by the end of February 2024. 

Publishers are strongly advised to have a certified CMP in place by the initial enforcement date to ensure that their monetization remains unaffected.

Key Implications for Android App Developers Using AdMob

Android app developers who rely on AdMob for monetization must pay attention to Google’s CMP enforcement, as it directly affects their revenue and user experience. 

1. Compliance is Mandatory

It is imperative for Android app developers serving ads to users in the EEA and the UK to comply with Google’s requirement to use a certified CMP. Failure to do so, may result in ad serving limitations, negatively impacting monetization efforts.

2. Ad Types and Eligibility

Upon enforcement, if an ad request for EEA or UK traffic is sent to Google and does not use a TCF-certified CMP, the eligibility for personalized and non-personalized ads will be restricted. Only limited ads will be eligible to serve on Ad Manager and AdMob, while no ads will serve on AdSense. 

3. Prepare for Transition

To avoid disruptions in monetization and revenue losses, Android app developers should prepare for this transition by ensuring they have a certified CMP in place well before the enforcement deadline of January 16, 2024. This proactive approach will help maintain a smooth user experience and uninterrupted ad serving.

As the January 16, 2024, deadline approaches, it is essential for publishers and app developers to stay informed and take the necessary actions to adapt to these new requirements. Google’s commitment to data privacy and user consent underscores the importance of these changes in the evolving landscape of digital advertising.

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