Our privacy policy describes how we collect and use information, and what choices you have. One way we collect information is through the use of a technology called “cookies.” We use cookies for all kinds of things on Pinterest. But before we get to that:

What’s a cookie?

In real life, it’s a delicious baked good. You can find lots of delicious cookie recipes on Pinterest.

But in technology, a cookie is something completely different. When you go online, you use a program called a “browser” (like Apple’s Safari or Google’s Chrome). Most websites store a small amount of text in the browser—and that text is called a “cookie.”

How Pinterest uses cookies

We use cookies for lots of essential things on Pinterest—like helping you log in and tailoring your Pinterest experience. Here’s a chart that explains how we use cookies.

What we use cookies for

…and how

Personalization
Cookies help us remember which Pins, boards, people or websites you’ve interacted with so we can show you related content you might like.
 
We also use cookies to help advertisers show you interesting ads. For example, if you bought a tent from an advertiser, they could ask us to show you an ad for a camping stove. Learn more about the types of information advertisers share with us.
Preferences
We use cookies to remember your settings and preferences, like the language you prefer and your privacy settings. 
Log in 
Cookies let you log in and out of Pinterest. 
Security
Cookies are just one way we protect you from security risks. For example, we use them to detect when someone might be trying to hack your Pinterest account or spam the Pinterest community.
Analytics
We use cookies to make Pinterest better. For example, these cookies tell us how many people use a certain feature and how popular it is, or whether people open an email we send.
 
We also use cookies to help advertisers understand who sees and interacts with their ads, and who visits their website or purchases their products.
Service providers
Sometimes we hire security vendors or use third-party analytics providers to help us understand how people are using Pinterest. Just like we do, these providers may use cookies. Learn more about the third party providers we use.

Where we use cookies

We use cookies on pinterest.com, in our mobile applications, and in our products and services (like ads, emails and applications). We also use them on the websites of partners who use Pinterest’s save button, Pinterest widgets, or ad tools like conversion tracking.

Your options

There are a few ways you can choose how cookies are used on Pinterest:

1 In the Personalization section of your settings, you can decide whether we use info from our partners and other services to customize Pinterest for you. Learn more.  

2 Your browser probably gives you cookie choices. For example, most browsers let you block “third party cookies,” which are cookies from sites other than the one you’re visiting. Those options vary from browser to browser, so check your browser settings for more info. 

Some browsers also have a privacy setting called “Do Not Track,” which we support. This setting is another way for you to decide whether we use info from our partners and other services to customize Pinterest for you. Learn more.