Pinterest updating privacy policy soon; stresses 'Do Not Track' support

Summary:Embarrassed about what you're really pinning to Pinterest boards? Or maybe a little paranoid? There are a few more new privacy options that might be of interest.

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Pinterest has unveiled a number of new changes set to roll out in the coming weeks that could affect how users both discover and share traffic.

For one, the social network has emphasized it supports Do Not Track, an online service and a preference that users can opt-in on their browsers to signal to Web sitest that they don't want the sites collecting certain kinds of data about them.

Furthermore, Pinterest is updating its privacy policy. Effective August 26, one of the more notable revisions concerns how Pinterest obtains technical information when members use its products or visit websites and apps with Pinterest features.

Pinterest has also added the following two bullet points to reiterate Do Not Track and other privacy measure support under the heading, "What choices do you have about your information?"

  • Choose whether Pinterest will be customized for you using information from off-Pinterest websites or apps. If you have a Pinterest account and don’t want your off-Pinterest data to be used to tailor your experience, you can visit your account settings and update your “Personalization” preferences. If you don’t have a Pinterest account, or don’t want us to customize Pinterest for you when you’re signed out, you can opt out here.
  • Also, we support the Do Not Track browser setting, and you can learn more about how it affects our collection and use of off-Pinterest data.

As for discovering content, some of the UI changes headed to the boards include a new Edit button for editing one's home feed across both desktop and mobile channels.

Screenshot via The Pinterest Blog

Topics: Privacy, Apps, Security, Social Enterprise, Start-Ups

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Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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