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Firebase Cloud and the GDPR – How to be compliant


What is Firebase Cloud?

Firebase is Google’s mobile platform: Firebase Cloud Firestore, Functions and Storage are hosting and backend services, while Firebase Cloud Messaging is a message sending service.

Do I need a Privacy Policy if I use Firebase hosting/backend/message sending services on my website?

Yes, you do.

If you’re using Firebase Cloud Firestore, Functions, Storage and/or Messaging, then add these services to your privacy policy. The personal data collected are various types of data as specified in their Privacy Policy.

Do I need a Cookie Policy if I use Firebase Cloud Firestore, Functions, Storage and/or Messaging on my website?

Yes, you do.

Google may install cookies on your visitors’ devices, as stated in their Privacy Policy. Therefore, you’ll need a Cookie Policy as well.

Not sure if your website is installing cookies?
Check out our guide to identify the cookies your site installs in browsers.

→ How to generate a Cookie Policy in 10 seconds

Do I need a Cookie Banner if I use Firebase Cloud Firestore, Functions, Storage and/or Messaging?

In general, websites that use third-party cookies as well as their own cookies for tracking and analytics must comply with the law and to do so are required to obtain the user’s express consent.

If you operate in the EU or could potentially have EU users, you need to comply with the Cookie Law.

Our Privacy Controls and Cookie Solution complies with provisions of the Cookie Law; it allows you to easily inform users, facilitate their consent and includes the option to preemptively block any scripts that could install cookies prior to consent (required in many EU countries).

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How to Create a GDPR Privacy and Cookie Policy for Firebase Cloud Firestore/Functions/Storage/Messaging

With iubenda, you can easily declare which services your website uses to collect data. You can find the “Firebase Cloud Firestore”, “Firebase Cloud Functions” and “Firebase Cloud Storage” services in the “Hosting and backend infrastructure” section of our Privacy and Cookie Policy Generator (“Firebase Cloud Messaging” is under “Managing contacts and sending messages”). Once selected, you’ll be requested to specify the place of processing.

Not sure what services to select and add to your privacy policy?
Scan your website using the Site Scanner feature of iubenda and get a list of all services used on your website right away.

Trusted by 60.000 clients, iubenda is the easiest and most professional way to generate and manage privacy & cookie policies and terms & conditions, to store and manage user consent, and to comply with the ePrivacy (Cookie Law), the GDPR and the CCPA.