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For immediate release: January 17, 2012
Meghan Penning

YouTube Agrees to Modified Terms of Service after Negotiations with NASCIO

LEXINGTON, Ky., January 17, 2012 — Following lengthy discussions involving members of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) Social Media Legal Workgroup, YouTube has agreed to modify the terms of service exclusively for state government. The new terms resolve a series of legal issues around indemnification and court of jurisdiction, which posed significant risk to state government.

NASCIO, an association devoted to state CIOs and a leading advocate for technology policy at all levels of government, indicates the agreement will provide state agencies with a quick adoption and safer use of YouTube once formally approved through their state chief information officer.

“Because of the diversity of legal frameworks that exist from state to state, NASCIO’s negotiations with YouTube and other social media providers proved to be longer and more difficult than expected,” said Dugan Petty, NASCIO president and Oregon chief information officer. “We appreciate YouTube’s patience during the discussions and their response to the complex matter in a reasonable and government-friendly manner.”

“While use of YouTube is almost universal across state government, provisions of the standard terms are frequently in strong conflict with state laws and procurement guidelines, presenting significant legal risks to states,” said Doug Robinson, NASCIO executive director. “With the amended terms struck with Facebook last year and now YouTube, we anticipate that other social media providers will agree to make similar modifications to their standard terms and spur adoption of these critical tools. We offer our gratitude to both YouTube and the NASCIO legal team for their efforts.”

For more information about the agreement, contact Jessica Mueller, NASCIO research coordinator at

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers is the premier network and resource for state CIOs and a leading advocate for technology policy at all levels of government. NASCIO represents state chief information officers and information technology executives from the states, territories, and the District of Columbia. The primary state government members are senior officials who have executive level and statewide responsibility for information technology leadership. State officials who are involved in agency level information technology management may participate as state members. Representatives from other public sector and non-profit organizations may also participate as associate members. Private sector firms may join as corporate members and participate in the Corporate Leadership Council. For more information about NASCIO visit

AMR Management Services provides NASCIO’s executive staff. For more information about AMR visit

Contact: Shawn Vaughn
Membership and Communications Coordinator
National Association of State Chief Information Officers
(859) 514-9156


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