To provide you with the most inspirational, personalised experience on Pinterest, we use information about your activity on Pinterest and off it. For example, if we see that you’re into cooking based on what you save on Pinterest, we may suggest food-related Pins, boards or people that we think you might like. 

As we explain below, you can update your privacy and data sharing settings to adjust what information we collect and how we share and use it.

Privacy and data settings

When you turn on Search Privacy, we let external search engines know to exclude your profile and boards from search results. From your privacy and data settings, you can opt in and out of four different personalisation settings:

Option Use case
Use sites you visit Controls how we use data collected on other websites and apps to improve recommendations and ads on Pinterest
Use partner info Controls how we use info from our partners for personalised ads and recommendations
Improve the ads you see about Pinterest Controls whether we can use your Pinterest activity to show you ads about Pinterest on other websites and apps
Share activity for ads performance reporting Controls whether we can share info about​​​​​​​ you with advertisers, to help them to measure how their ads perform

If you’re located in the UK and you’ve selected that you’re under the age of 18, these settings won't appear for you, and we won't show you ads. Until you're 18, we'll treat your account data as though all of these settings were 'off'.

Simply put, that means we won’t use your data from outside of Pinterest to show you recommendations on Pinterest, and we won’t use your data to show you ads. We also won’t share it with other ad platforms for our own advertising.

We’ll still use your on-Pinterest activity to show you things we think will be relevant, interesting and personal to you, to help you discover and do what you love. 

Your other options

You can edit your profile to change what information about you is displayed on your Pins and public profile. Keep in mind that any info in your profile can be seen by the public. For extra privacy, you can change your name or use secret boards.

You can prevent someone from following you, messaging you or interacting with your Pins by blocking them. You can also save Pins to a Secret Board that only you (and any people you invite) can view. If someone is harassing you, you can report them.

You can also change your notification settings to adjust how often you hear about what’s happening on Pinterest. 

If you’re located in the EU or UK, you can adjust your cookie preferences by visiting your privacy settings and selecting Edit under Cookie Preferences at the bottom of the page.

Our Privacy Policy includes more information about how Pinterest processes your personal data. If you’d like to request, correct or delete your data, you can find out how in our article, Access, edit or delete your personal data, and take a look at our Privacy Policy (under “Your options”) for even more choices. If you live in the EEA or California, review our specific policy sections to learn more about data options available to you.

Finally, if you’re a parent of a teen on Pinterest, there’s more info for you about our age requirements and privacy options.

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