The YouTube API Services Terms of Service are developers' rules of the road,. but over the four years, no major updates were introduced during these years to API Services Terms of Service.
And with the passing of time, the entire ecosystem of companies supporting YouTube's API Services have grown. So, with that in mind, YouTube team has just updated the YouTube API Services Terms of Service.
The company noted the API Services update is to meet up with usage growth, strengthen user controls and protections even further, and address misuse.
In additon, to Service update, the compnay also introducing new Developer Policies to guide their implementation.
These updated Terms of Service and new Developer Policies will take effect six months from now, on February 10, 2017, the company said, so that "developers have sufficient time to understand and adapt to these changes."
The new developers Policies aim to provide operational guidelines for accessing and using API Services, "covering user privacy and data protection, data storage, interface changes, uploads, comments, and more," added YouTube team.
Additionally, the team has also announced a new certification program dubbed YouTube's Measurement Program that helps participants make informed decisions about YouTube by "providing accurate, consistent, and relevant YouTube measurement data to their clients and users."
This certification program will be launching initially to a few partners before "scaling it more broadly," YouTube team noted.
The core principles behind the updates include:
- To improving the YouTube experience for users and creators— a "Requirement of Minimum Functionality" designed to ensure users have a set of basic functionality around core parts of their YouTube experience is introduced.
- These updated terms serve to strengthen existing user controls and protections even further.
- Fostering a healthy YouTube ecosystem with the updated terms serve to further protect against misuse and protect users, creators, and advertisers.
While ending the post, we understand to provide to provide some helpful links to ensure developers understand better to these changes,