Privacy Policy

The definitions used in HackerNews's Terms of Use are incorporated in this privacy policy (the "Privacy Policy") by reference including but not limited to the definition of "Site". HackerNews provides the Site as a platform and toolset for creating, viewing and sharing posts that are openly available to the general public by default and may be immediately viewed by other Site users and the general public.

This Privacy Policy describes how and when HackerNews collects, uses, maintains and shares your information when you use the Site. HackerNews receives your information through our Site, and from our partners and other third parties. When using the Site, you consent to the collection, transfer, manipulation, storage, disclosure and other uses of your information as described in this Privacy Policy.

If you have any questions or comments about this Privacy Policy, please contact us at: info[at]

Information Collection and Use

Information Collected Upon Registration: When you create, modify or reconfigure an Account, you provide information to us such as your name, username, password, and email address. Some of this information that you provide to us is personal information. Personal information is information through which you can be identified such as your name, email address, photograph, and telephone number. Some of the information that you provide to us (for example, your name and username) is listed publicly on the Site including on your profile page and in search results. Some Site access and functions do not require registration.

Additional Information: As part of your account, you may provide us with profile information to make public, such as but not limited to information about you, your social media affiliations, your website, your interests and/or pictures. Subject to this Privacy Policy, we may use your contact information to send you information about our Site, to market to you and to help others find your Account, including through third-party services, client applications and the like. If you email us, we may keep your entire message, email address and contact information. If you connect your Account to your account on another service in order to cross-post between the Site and that service, the other service may send us your registration or profile information on that service and other information that you authorize. As a result, we may have access to certain information associated with your social media account such as your name, email address, photograph, birthday, location, and people you follow or like. This information enables cross-posting and helps us improve the Site. For information on controlling access to your personal information through social networking sites, you should review their privacy policies and terms of use.

Subscribing, Lists and other Public Information: Our Site is designed to help you share information with other Site users and the general public. Most of the information you provide us is information you are asking us to make public. This includes without limitations your interactions and use of the Site generally, the URLs you frequent and posts you view, the posts you create and the metadata you provide with posts, your creation of and interactions with communities, your interactions with posts including sharing, voting and replying, who and what you subscribe to including people, communities, and tags, your Site achievements and such other information that is ascertainable from your use of the Site and/or the Site toolset. Our default is almost always to make the information you provide public, but we generally give you settings and options should you chose to use them to make some of the information more private than public within the parameters of the Site. Your public information is broadly and instantly disseminated. Your public user profile information and public posts may be searchable by search engines, and accessed, viewed and shared by the general public. When you share information or content like photos, videos, text, and links via the Site, you should think carefully about what you are making public.

Gender Information: We use and store information about your gender to provide features of our Site, and to improve and customize the Site, for example and without limitation, to provide relevant content like local trends, stories, advertisements, and suggestions for subscribing to various people, and communities.

Links: We may keep track of how you interact with links across our Site, including our email notifications, third-party services, and client applications, by redirecting clicks or through other means. We do this to help improve our Site, to provide more relevant advertising, and to be able to share aggregate click and/or usage statistics such as how many times a particular link was clicked on.

Tracking Technologies including Cookies: Like many websites, we may use (or authorize third parties to use) cookies , web beacons, pixel tags and other technologies ("Tracking Technologies") to collect additional information (including information about you, your online behavior, your computer or your mobile device, and your website usage data) and to improve our Site. However, we do not require cookies for certain parts of our Site. A cookie is a small data file that is transferred to your computer's hard disk. We may use both session cookies and persistent cookies to better understand how you interact with our Site, to monitor aggregate usage by our users and web traffic routing on our Site, and to customize and improve our Site. Most Internet browsers automatically accept cookies. You can instruct your browser, by changing its settings, to stop accepting cookies or to prompt you before accepting a cookie from the websites you visit. However, some functions on our Site may not function properly if you disable cookies.

Log Data: Our servers automatically record information ("Log Data") created by your use of the Site. Log Data may include, without limitation, information such as your IP address, browser type, operating system, the referring web page, pages visited, location, your mobile carrier, device and application IDs, search terms, and cookie information. We receive Log Data when you interact with our Site, for example and without limitation, when you visit our Site, sign into our Site, interact with our email or message notifications, use your Account, use your Account to authenticate to a third-party website or application, or visit a third-party website that includes a Site button or widget. HackerNews uses Log Data to provide functions and services on our Site and to measure, customize, and improve them. We will either delete Log Data or remove any common account identifiers, such as your username, full IP address, or email address, after 18 months or such longer period as we deem appropriate.

Third-Parties: HackerNews uses a variety of third-party services to help provide our Site, such as hosting our various blogs and wikis, and to help us analyze and understand the use of our Site and users, such as Google Analytics. These third-party service providers may collect information sent by your browser as part of a web page request, such as cookies or your IP address.

Your Consent: We may share or disclose your information at your direction, such as when you authorize a third-party web client or application to access your Account.

Service Providers: We engage service providers to perform functions and provide services to us. We may share your private personal information with such service providers subject to confidentiality obligations consistent with this Privacy Policy, and on the condition that the third parties use your private personal data only on our behalf and pursuant to our instructions, except as may otherwise be required by applicable law.

Law and Harm: Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Privacy Policy, we may preserve or disclose your information if we believe that it is reasonably necessary to comply with a law, regulation or legal request; to protect the safety of any person; to address fraud, security or technical issues; or to protect HackerNews's rights or property. Nothing in this Privacy Policy is intended to limit any legal defenses or objections that you may have to a third party's, including a government's, request to disclose your information.

Business Transfers: In the event that HackerNews is involved in a bankruptcy, merger, acquisition, reorganization or sale of some or all of our assets, your information may be sold or transferred as part of that transaction. The promises in this Privacy Policy will apply to your information as transferred to the new entity.

Non-Private or Non-Personal Information: Subject to the limitations set forth in the "Personal Information" section below with respecting to marketing, we may share or disclose your non-private, aggregated or otherwise non-personal information, such as your public user information including, without limitation, profile information, public posts, comments and replies, the people you subscribe to or that subscribe to you, the communities of which you are a member, the communities you create, your achievements, your rank on the leader board, your information and creations that are intended to be accessed and used by other Site users and/or the number of users who clicked on a particular link.

Personal Information: We may share or disclose your personal information and information collected through Tracking Technologies with third parties for marketing and non-marketing purposes. For example, personal information and information collected through Tracking Technologies may be shared with our affiliates and business partners for joint marketing purposes or for their own marketing purposes. We may also license and sell information collected through Tracking Technologies to third parties for marketing and non-marketing purposes. In addition, we may merge personal information with information collected through Tracking Technologies and with information that we may obtain from other sources and, as a result, such information may become personal information. If you do not want us to use or share your personal information for marketing purposes (i.e., to market to you), you may opt-out in accordance with the "How to Opt-Out" section below. Please note that even if you opt-out, we may still use or share your personal information for non-marketing purposes such as fulfilling your requests, responding to your inquiries, etc.

How to Opt-Out: If you do not want personal information that we collect about you to be used for our own marketing purposes or to be shared with third parties for their marketing purposes, you can opt-out of such use and sharing by emailing your request to us.

Modifying Your Personal Information: If you are a registered user of our Site, we provide you with tools and account settings to access or modify the personal information you provided to us and associated with your Account.

Deleting Your Posts: The method for deleting one or more of your posts that you want to remove from public or private viewing on the Site is to access a post through the edit function and delete it; otherwise the post will remain public and viewable by other Site users and the general public.

Our Policy Towards Children: Our Site is not directed to or intended for use by persons under 13. If you are the parent or legal guardian of a person under 13 and believe that he or she has provided us with personal information, please notify us. We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13. If we are notified that a child under 13 has provided us with personal information, we will take steps to remove such information and terminate the child's Account.

Visitors Outside of the United States: Our server is located in the United States, which may not offer the level of privacy protection as great as that offered in other jurisdictions. We make no representations that the practices described in this Privacy Policy are compliant with laws outside of the United States. Any information that you provide to us may be transferred to and processed in the United States. By using this Site, you consent to your information being collected, used and transferred as disclosed herein.

Changes to this Privacy Policy. We may revise this Privacy Policy from time to time. The most current version of the Privacy Policy will govern our use of your information and will always be at You agree to be responsible for checking the Privacy Policy from time to time and to review any additions or revisions. If we make a change to this Privacy Policy that, in our sole discretion, is material, we may, also in our sole discretion, notify you via message on Site or email to the email address associated with your Account. By continuing to access or use the Site after those changes become effective, you agree to be bound by the revised Privacy Policy.


April 28th, 2015