Pinterest is a website that allow you to “Pin” content you see to save for later and use it for whatever you need it for. This can include everything from recipes to fashion.
Personal data collected
Pinterest collects your personal information when you sign up, such as your name, email address, mobile number, profile photo, Pins, comments, photos, and location data. All of this information is optional to share with Pinterest. If you decide to buy something, they will collect your payment information, billing address, mobile number, and details of what you bought. When you link Facebook or other similar third-party services, they collect information from these services, such as your friends or contacts.
Some of your information may be collected automatically, such as IP address, address and activity of websites you visit that have the “save” Pinterest feature, searches, browser type and settings, date and time of your request, how you use Pinterest, device data, cookie data, type of device, operating system, settings, unique device identifiers, and crash data.
Personal data usage
Pinterest uses data to:
- Identify you when you use their website.
- Process your transactions.
- Recommend Pins, boards, topics, or categories that may interest you.
- Show you relevant advertisements.
- Respond to your questions or comments.
- Improve their services and offer new features.
- Suggest people that have similar interests as you.
- Help your friends and contacts find you.
- Analyze how people use their website, for example seeing how two different people use a certain feature, so they can see which one is better.
- Send you updates and news via email or push notifications.
- Prevent fraud and spam.
- Comply with legal requirements.
- Customize the content you view for your interests.
- Identify you across different browser sessions.
Cookies and similar tech
You can create or be added to a secret board, which are only visible to you and anyone else that is authorized to view it. Children under 13 are not allowed to use Pinterest. Contact them if you find a child under 13 is using their website.
Data shared with Pinterest
How to protect your privacy
There are many ways to protect your privacy on Pinterest, such as:
- Editing your profile to change your settings so people can’t find you on their website.
- Unlinking your Facebook or Twitter account from your Pinterest account.
- Opting out of having Pinterest customized based on your preferences.
- Deleting your information.
- Unsubscribing from marketing materials.
- Opting out of Google Analytics.
- Opting out of targeted ads.
- Deleting your account via Account Settings.
How to contact Pinterest about your privacy
You can contact Pinterest via their Data Protection Officer, online form, or through postal mail at:
In the US:
651 Brannan Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Outside the US:
Pinterest Europe Ltd., Palmerston House, 2nd Floor, Fenian Street, Dublin 2, Ireland