Medium Privacy Policy

  1. Medium Privacy Policy
  2. Data Protection Statement for European Union Users
  3. Consumer Privacy for California Users
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1. Medium Privacy Policy

  • fight spam and other forms of abuse
  • generate aggregate, non-identifying information about how people use the Services

2. Data Protection Statement for European Union Users

Description of Processing Activity
Medium collects and stores personal information about its users to customize their reading experience and enable personalized distribution of content. It shares minimal data with its service providers.

  • Gather usage statistics of services
  • Provide customized reading experience
  • Publish and distribute user-generated content
  • Provide access to paid content
  • Pay authors in Partnership Program for certain content
  • Fight spam, fraud, and other abuse of services
  • IP address
  • Browser information
  • DNT status
  • Display name
  • Bio
  • Avatar image
  • Email address (non-public)
  • Session activity (security)
  • Linked social media accounts (optional)
  • IP address
  • Browser information
  • Reading history (on Medium network only)
  • Network interactions (recommends, follows, etc.)
  • Posts, responses, or series published by user
  • Business information, if applicable
  • Security
  • Analytics
  • Communication & Support
  • Payment Processors
  1. You may correct information associated with your account from the Settings page, and the Customize Your Interests page to update your interests.
  2. You may withdraw consent by deleting your account at any time through the Settings page, which will erase your personal information completely within 14 days (except to the extent Medium is prevented by law from deleting your information).
  3. You may object at any time to the use of your personal data by contacting privacy@medium.com. If your complaint relates to alleged misuse of your personal data by a third party, it may result in suspension of that post or account in keeping with relevant law, public interest, our contractual obligations, and the rights of expression and access to information of others.
  4. Under EU law you have the right to lodge a complaint regarding the processing of your personal data by Medium with the dedicated Supervisory Authority of your EU member state.

3. Consumer Privacy for California Users

If you are a California resident, the processing of certain personal data about you may be subject to the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) and other applicable California state privacy laws. Beginning January 1, 2020, the CCPA gives you certain rights with respect to the processing of your personal data (known as “personal information,” as described in the CCPA).

This section provides additional privacy disclosures and informs you of key additional rights as a California resident:

Under the CCPA, you have a right to request information about our collection, use, and disclosure of your personal information over the prior 12 months, and ask that we provide you with the following information:

  1. Categories of and specific pieces of personal information we have collected about you.
  2. Categories of sources from which we collect personal information.
  3. Purposes for collecting, using, or selling personal information.
  4. Categories of third parties with which we share personal information.
  5. Categories of personal information disclosed about you for a business purpose.
  6. If applicable, categories of personal information sold about you and the categories of third parties to which the personal information was sold, by category or categories of personal information for each third party to which the personal information was sold.

To make a verifiable request for information about the personal information we have collected about you, please access your account profile to make a request by going to your Settings page here, scrolling down to Accounts section, and clicking on Download.zip button to make a request to download your information. You may also email us at privacy@medium.com.

Under the CCPA, you also have a right to request that we delete personal information, subject to certain exceptions. You may exercise your right to delete if you have a Medium account by going to your Settings page here, scrolling down to ‘Delete account’ and clicking on ‘Delete account.’ You may also email us at privacy@medium.com.

We do not knowingly collect household data. If all the members of a household makes a Right to Know or Right to Delete request, we will respond as if the requests are individual requests.

If you do not have a Medium account, we will not have enough information about you to verify your Right to Know and Right to Delete requests since we do not keep sufficient information to reidentify and link you to a prior visit to Medium. You may make a verifiable consumer request related to your personal information twice per 12-month period. We will not discriminate against you for exercising any of your rights under the CCPA.

You may designate, in writing or through a power of attorney document, an authorized agent to make requests on your behalf to exercise your rights. Before accepting such a request from an agent, we will require that the agent provide proof you have authorized them to act on your behalf, and we may need you to verify your identity directly with us.

In the last 12 months, Medium has disclosed certain data from the following categories of personal information to the categories of recipients listed above in the ‘Categories of Recipients’ for one or more business purposes:

Logged in users:

  • Username
  • Display name
  • Avatar image
  • Email address (non-public)

Members:

  • Billing information and history

Partner authors:

  • Bank account for payments
  • Business information, if applicable

No Sale of Personal Information

Under the CCPA, a “sale” means providing to a third party personal information for valuable consideration. Since Medium doesn’t make money from ads, we don’t collect data to facilitate nor enable third parties to advertise to you. At this time and pending final regulations and guidance interpreting the CCPA, we don’t believe any of our data practices constitute a “sale” under the CCPA.

You may contact us by emailing us at privacy@medium.com.

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