Privacy Policy

Read our summary of's Privacy Policy.


  • Stack Overflow does not sell your personal information.
  • Personal data collected includes identity, contact, technical data, and more for service provision.
  • Personal data may be shared with third parties for operational purposes or with advertising partners.
  • International data transfers may occur, which could mean data is subject to different privacy laws.
  • You have rights to access, rectify, or erase your personal data under certain conditions.
  • Cookies and similar technologies are used for functionality, optimization, and personalized advertising.
  • Certain personal data is retained as long as necessary, which may be indefinite for some types of data.
  • Stack Overflow takes measures to protect your personal data with security standards like TLS.
  • California consumers have additional privacy rights under the CCPA.
  • The privacy policy may be updated, and you will be notified of material changes.

Things to watch out for

  • Be cautious of the personal information you share on public platforms as it becomes publicly visible.
  • Understand that by using the services, you consent to international data transfers.
  • Review third-party links and social media connections as they have their own privacy practices.
  • Stack Overflow's use of cookies and tracking technologies for advertising may involve sharing data with third parties.

AI recommendations

When engaging with Stack Overflow, it's important to be mindful of the information you share, especially on public forums, as it can become visible to anyone. If you're concerned about privacy, review your profile settings and adjust them to limit what's publicly displayed. Be aware of the potential for international data transfers and the implications for your data's privacy. If you're a California resident, take note of your additional rights under the CCPA. Lastly, keep an eye out for updates to the privacy policy to stay informed about how your data is used.


What types of personal information does Stack Overflow collect?

Stack Overflow collects identity data, contact data, technical data, billing information, profile information, and more for service provision and optimization.

Can I control how my personal information is used for advertising purposes?

Yes, you can control advertising preferences through your profile settings and opt out of certain third-party advertising services.

How can I exercise my data protection rights with Stack Overflow?

You can access, rectify, or request the deletion of your personal data by contacting Stack Overflow directly or through your account settings, depending on the type of request.

(Last updated: 09th December, 2023)

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